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Mayor reveals police ordered him to stop talking about gay marriage

  • Ex-mayor revealed police ordered him to stop expressing views on rainbow flag
  • The police gag came after Brian McKiterick said it was not council business 
  • He’s been a councillor for 10 years and was adamant he didn’t breach any policy
  • The debate about the future of the flag has been escalated to a political dispute

Brian McKiterick has revealed a Victoria Police officer ordered him to stop expressing his views on the rainbow flag issue.

The ex-mayor of Surf Coast Shire Council broke his silence to the Geelong Advertiser saying that the police gag order came after mentioning that the rainbow flag for gay marriage was not council business. 

‘I was instructed in May to not make any further comment in public, or comment in council, with respect to the rainbow flag issue,’ he said. 

Brian McKiterick, (right) ex-mayor of Surf Coast Shire Council, has revealed a Victoria Police officer ordered him to stop expressing his views on the rainbow flag issue

Cr McKiterick’s revelations come amid reports Victoria Police western region Superintendent Craig Gillard (pictured) was asked to speak about the dispute

Cr McKiterick’s revelations come amid reports Victoria Police western region Superintendent Craig Gillard (pictured) was asked to speak about the dispute

‘I had the meeting with police senior management and was informed the gag order came from senior management of the region.’   

Cr McKiterick’s revelations come amid reports Victoria Police western region Superintendent Craig Gillard was asked to speak to the serving policeman about his views on the rainbow flag dispute, the Geelong Advertiser reported. 

Cr McKiterick has been a councillor for 10 years and mayor for two twice, and was adamant he did not breach any police policy.

The Surf Coast Shire debate about the future of the rainbow flag has been escalated to a political dispute.

The Surf Coast Shire debate about the future of the rainbow flag has been escalated to a political dispute

The Surf Coast Shire debate about the future of the rainbow flag has been escalated to a political dispute

Western Victoria state Liberal MP Simon Ramsay accused Police Minister Lisa Neville of ordering Mr McKiterick’s apparent gag

Ms Neville was rejected the allegation and expects Mr Ramsay to apologise. 

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Brian McKiterick for further comment.  

 



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