The Canberra Times brings word of the end of an era in Canberra legal matters with Michael Firestone’s epic and voluminous disability complaint against the ANU finally being dismissed.
- Mr Firestone, a former PhD linguistics student, alleged the university discriminated against him when it kicked him out for harassing students and staff and again when it refused to process a job application from him.
The university’s decision, in April 2003, to exclude Mr Firestone was backed up a month later by Magistrate Maria Doogan, who banned him for one year from the Canberra campus and from contacting university employees.
His stated disability is depression.
It’s the curse of higher learning institutions that those they aggrieve will often turn to the law with peculiar tenacity.
Michael should thank his lucky stars that the ACT Discrimination Tribunal in dismissing his complaint saw fit to not award costs to the ANU and move on with his life.