Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

March 4, 2010 -

South Australian Attorney General Michael Atkinson, who has no problem casting verbal stones at his political opponents, is apparently unable to weather similar volleys lobbed at himself.

Atkinson is up in arms over a December 8, 2009 story that appeared on the website AdelaideNow which reported on a gathering of motorcycle club members.  In a resulting user comment on the story, someone referred to the South Australian AG as a “crook.” The comment (#86) was quickly removed from the story and two apologies were issued.

The commenter in question, Dean McQuillan, used his real name in his post and has subsequently received a letter from Atkinson’s lawyers alleging that the comment was “highly defamatory” towards Atkinson. The AG’s lawyers requested $20,000 as compensation and the “publication of a full retraction and apology.”

McQuillan told ABC’s MediaWatch that he is bankrupt and replied to Atkinson’s lawyers with a “robust response,” but has heard nothing since.

MediaWatch offered its own take on the situation:

The state's chief law officer is prepared to threaten an ordinary citizen with ruin for posting rude remarks on the net, even when they were taken down within a couple of hours.

Again, this is a man (Atkinson) who said that he expected his political opposition from the  Gamers4Croydon party to utilize ”criminal activities and dirty tricks” in their campaign against him.

Atkinson also tried to suppress online comments earlier this year in advance of the coming elections by introducing a law that would force users to publish their real name and post code alongside their comments.  A civil outcry forced  him to repeal the measure.

|Via Games.On.net|

Thanks SeanB and PHC Corp


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Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

Fuck That! He is a crook!!!!!! He is an idiot that expects everyone to bow down to him, when he wants to make the laws. He is a nut job!

 

 

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Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

Mick Atkinson is a crook!

He has done some legally interesting deals with land planners over the St Clair land sale.

He has stolen thousands of taxpayer dollars from treasury to fund ridiculous and unconstitutional laws which were struck down by the high courts

He has stolen thousands of taxpayer dollars from treasuryto fund his out-of-court settlement for defaming Deputy Chief Justice Andrew Cannon.

 

Come on Mick... sue me mate. I DARE you.

I have $20,000 sitting here with your name on it if you can prove I've defamed you...

Of course, being the gutless bully you are, you won't, because you know I've got a little thing called truth on my side.

Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

Pity, I have a whole box of tissue on my desk and no way to give him one. 

Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

 I really hope that the judge throws Atkinson in jail for attempted robbery when he fails to make his case.

Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

In my opinion Atkinson is a piece of shit scumbag. You can quote me on that.

Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

I can't get over how hilarious it is that his reaction to being called a crook is to extort money from the guy who accused him. The irony is MASSIVE!

Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

So the possible child molester is upset about being called a crook.  Big surprise. 

Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

So I guess the question we have to ask is:

Did Michael Atkinson rape and murder a girl in 1990?

Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

Holy shit, Atkinson really is a crook!  Why was the comment taken down?  Are they not allowed to talk about politicians in Australia?

Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

I just wonder what will happen when Yahtzee Croshaw from the Escapist finally gets noticed by Atkinson. It seems like every 2nd or 3rd review that guy does these days has a reference to something that guy does/should do.

Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

Yeah good point, and Yahtzee has a much larger audience than this random guy's forum post.

Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

Hey mr. atkinson, the jerk store has called, They're running Out of you

Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

 Yeah, well I had sex with your wife.

Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook


The commenter in question, Dean McQuillan, used his real name in his post and has subsequently received a letter from Atkinson’s lawyers alleging that the comment was “highly defamatory” towards Atkinson. The AG’s lawyers requested $20,000 as compensation and the “publication of a full retraction and apology.”

This is ironic, Someone called Atkinson a crook and Atkinson prety much bitched about that comment and now want 20,000 dollar from the same guy who called him a "crook".  Atkinson just stoop low to a crook by wanting 20,000 dollar out of the guy who made a non-offensive comment.   Michael Atkinson just stoop low to Jack Thompson level just from reading this.

McQuillan told ABC’s MediaWatch that he is bankrupt and replied to Atkinson’s lawyers with a “robust response,” but has heard nothing since.
 

Michael Atkinson's bankrupt.  He can't be, he's an attorney general, that kind of job get you a lot of money.  Why would he need to get 20,000 dollar out of a guy who just called him a crook.  I think he probably did something serious like "give me 20,000 dollar or I will have you killed".  I think that channel 10 news that said a lot of bad thing was Michael Atkinson's schemes all written on it.  He knows he beaten and he'll do anything to promote his agenda even if it go down like extorting 20,000 dollar out of a guy who call him a "crook".  What's next

-Atkinson order some of the undercover cops to commit arson on every videogame store and make it look like a drug junkie was responsible.

-Atkinson order a hit on the former member who supported R-18 in the earlier GP article and make it look like a random murder.

 

By looking at the article, I hope there will be a internal investigation on him.  I would love it if they can put him out of business.     

 

Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

No, McQuillan is the one who is bankrupt.

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Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

So he responds to being called a crook, by ACTING like a crook.

He has absolute power, so he is absolutely corrupt.

As for the article linked to above, I won't be surprised if the first name of the historical figure he was compared to is Adolf.

 

If you don't want to be called one ,don't act like one.

Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

So he can badmouth us but we cant say a critiscm -blam- him

 

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Never underestimate the power of idiots in large amounts.

Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

$20,000 for being called a name on the internet?  What a fucking crook.

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Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

I forgot to post this,

hey Atkinson sue me plz?


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Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

 

 

 

I knew it!

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Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

Umn....

http://www.independentweekly.com.au/news/local/news/geneal/chief-law-officer-threatens-to-sue-constituent/1755982.aspx

Yah. It's not just the guy mentioned on GP. Atkinson is nuts I think. Though in the case I linked, the comments went a bit beyond simply calling him a crook, it's still Deja Vu.

Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

the link to the article is broken

Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

http://www.independentweekly.com.au/news/local/news/general/chief-law-officer-threatens-to-sue-constituent/1755982.aspx

Oops, check it now. It doesn't mention exactly what she said in the emails, only Atkinson's words regarding it, but it sounds like she called him a crook among other things.

Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

Thanks SeanB and PHC Corp

You Misspelled PHX Corp as PHC Corp

Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

He just hit bottom. Now he can start to dig a deep hole.

 

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Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

At this point he'll need a mining drill.

Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

He will need the Technodrome just to keep with it.

 

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Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

Or that mining device Nero used in Star Trek.

Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

Prehaps its time to retire when you are so diffrent than most of your region.....


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Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

The Continental Cretin of Australia is whining again just like the Metropolitian Moron of Miami used to(haven't heard too much from him since the ScrewAttack convention).

Congratulations, Mikey, you just lost your suit just by filing it, proving McQuillan correct in his judgment of Atkinson being a crook.

Really, Atkinson, grow up and get a life. Atkinson is showing why he is the worst possible result of an orgasm. Oh, and that's not an insult, ask Christopher Titus.

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Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

Isn't it strange how so many anti-games, pro-censorship folk seem to act just like Jack Thompson?  Of course, JT is far more intense and extreme because he is mentally ill (NPD). 

I'm beginning to wonder if the types of people who are on this bandwagon have some kind of mental or personality predispositions in common. 

Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

You also find the same folk completely unaware of their hypocrisy. Most of us are guitly of being hypocritical at times, but to do it so consistently and without acknowledgement, especially when it directly involves such an important position which Atkinson holds, takes a special kind of personality.

Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

I'm willing to bet this page's own comments will soon be full of 'Michael Atkinson is a crook,' so lets see what other names we can get away with. But for added fun, lets try to keep the insults relatively clean, say, E-rated. For my part: "Michael Atkinson is a bully."

Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

"Crook" is an insanely clean insult, at least where I come from. It'd be like calling him a thief, or a mobster, or a liar, or a wannabe dictator (all of which apply).

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Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

Yeah, see, that's the part I find most hilarious. I've heard of people getting sued over comments, typically due to insults, but crook? Really? I'm sure he's been emailed worse than that.

Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

If his claims are to be believed, he has recieved death threats too. really, his reaction to being called a crook convinces me even more that he was lieing about that

Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

ok heres one from Britain he's a Git

Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

Agreed with the keep it clean part, after all, the R18 argument is based pretty heavily on "The vast majority of gamers aren't immature and/or children"

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Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

At this point, I think Atkinson has finally evolved from being a fragile politician to a full-fledged pussy.

 

Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

Please don't insult the pussies of the world by lumping Atkinson with them. He is, as one of my favorite T.V charecters would say, "Horse pucky!"

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Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

This reminds me there ought to be a law against egomaniacal control freaks running for public office.

To all those concerned: You, as a government official, are there to serve the public and work toward the common good. You are not there to bully your opponents, nor to impose your will through the exercise of whatever degree of power your little fiefdom allows you.

Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

Sounds good in theory, but it fails when you put people in the mix. Like it or not, someone who is outspoken and charismatic will get the public behind them, even if they are a total monster or complete idiot who doesn't know the first bit about how to properly use the position that they have been granted by the people.

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Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

This has never been the case, and will never be the case.

Democracy is just a facade for choosing your overlord.

Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

QFT!!!!, Its sad and strange of how often political officials are doing just that these days. Not just in America or Australia, but all over the world. *sigh*. Say anyone want to start their own little country?

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Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

Looks like someone has been reading Jack's playbook.

Let's try a test...

South Australian Attorney General Michael Atkinson is the single biggest enemy of the Internet, and the very definition of the word "douchbag"!

*waits for his very own lawsuit*

Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

You don;t even deserve 1 cent you...... Crook! (waits for my $20,00 lawsuit)

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Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

So Atkinson responds to being called a crook by acting like a crook.

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Re: Atkinson Seeks $20,000 for Being Called a Crook

Extortion is a crime??? Who would have thought?

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