Lyle Shelton. Always the victim.

May 20, 2018

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Yarra City Council and PayStay have refunded in full the parking fees they charged me on the ANZAC Day public holiday

May 5, 2018

On ANZAC Day I parked in PayStay zone 33331053, in the vicinity of 193 Brunswick Street Fitzroy, clocking up a fee of $7.46. Whilst I suspected the parking should be free in that zone on a public holiday I noticed a nearby car parked in the same zone had bought a parking ticket from the machine and so to be on the safe side I decided to activate my PayStay app.

This is the transaction details for my parking period:

PayStay parking fee 25 Apr 2018

Later on I looked up the Yarra City Council website to check the situation regarding parking on a public holiday:

Parking on public holidays / For parking signs that state days of the week, parking and time restrictions on the signs do not apply on a public holiday.

I then emailed PayStay to enquire if their app should let me activate a parking period during a time that Yarra City Council says should not need to be paid for. I received a response saying the app should not let me pay if payment was not required:

In that situation if the spot you’re parking in doesn’t require you to pay it will show a message informing you that you are not required to make a payment. All information provided on the app is provided from which ever council covers where you were parking.

I then went back to zone 33331053 to check the parking signs and saw they do state days of the week:

Zone 33331053 / 2P TICKET / 7AM - 6PM MON - SAT

Zone 33331053 / 2P TICKET / 7AM - 6PM MON - SAT

Having read the Yarra City Council policy on parking on public holidays, and having clarified with PayStay how their app should work, it would appear there is an inconsistency somewhere that amounted to me being charged $7.46 on the ANZAC Day public holiday when I believe I should not have been required to pay anything.

By extension, other people using PayStay in that Yarra City Council zone (or other similar zones) on ANZAC Day (or other public holidays) may also have been billed for their parking when they oughtn’t have been.

On May 2 I emailed Yarra City Council requesting a full refund of my parking fees.  On May 10 I received a written reply as below and a full refund of my fees.

Yarra City Council parking fees refunded May 10 2018

I have asked Yarra City Council if PayStay will , in the future, allow a fee to be charged on a public holiday in a fee-exempt zone.  I have also asked if they will issue refunds to all people who they took money from on ANZAC Day (and all other public holidays) in that and other similarly fee-exempt parking zones.


David Marr, do you fact check?

September 21, 2017

In the September 19 Guardian article Where’s the biff? Free speech has won every round in the marriage equality debate David Marr wrote:

“One Christian at IBM and another at Macquarie University have both been targeted by a zealous yes warrior who reckons they should be dismissed because their advocacy for traditional marriage is at odds with the ethos of their employers. So have they lost their jobs? No and nor should they.”

Back in March this year I posted this tweet about Mark Allaby:

I also posted this tweet about Stephen Chavura:

I posted several more similarly worded tweets about both.  However in none of my tweets did I once call for, imply, or want the sacking of either from their respective places of employment.

On September 12 on ABC’s The Drum David Marr said Mark Allaby was “targeted by some trollish yes voters” (around 13:00) in response to Iain Benson’s claim “Allaby was asked to resign”:

 

ABC The Drum David Marr Trolls (Sep 12 2017)

In the above-mentioned Guardian article David Marr alleges [Mark Allaby and Stephen Chavura] “have both been targeted by a zealous yes warrior who reckons they should be dismissed”.

Who is this “zealous yes warrior who reckons they should be dismissed” David Marr?

If you are referring to my activism, please show me where I have called for the dismissal of either Mark Allaby from IBM or Stephen Chavura from Macquarie University.

If not mine, then whose activism are you are referring to?

I also refer David Marr to this apology from ABC’s The Drum where they clarified that my activism was in fact not related to marriage equality.


Lyle Shelton

September 16, 2017


Does Michael Kellahan still believe the Sun revolves around the Earth?

August 13, 2017

The corollary to the argument Michael Kellahan presents (Why marriage should be between a man and a woman; SMH Aug 10 2017) is that it is ok to believe the Sun revolves around the Earth, because at one stage that is what people thought.

Just because a view was once historically popular does not mean it will always be fit-for-purpose.

On marriage equality, Penny Wong has reflected on her 2010 views and has modified them to suit the contemporary political and social climate.

It would bode people like Michael Kellahan well to adopt a similar line of thinking, because while it is ok to believe the Sun revolves around the Earth, doing so is going to make you look out of touch with the world around you.


Facebook’s hypocrisy when it comes to the word “dyke”.

July 6, 2017

There’s a story on ABC News about Facebook not coping with the word “dyke”:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-06/facebook-banning-algorithims-block-lesbians-from-using-dyke/8676284

There’s a page on Facebook called “Dykes on Bikes Melbourne“.

If you point out to Facebook that this page has the word Dyke in it, you’ll be in breach of the Facebook Community Standards:

Dykes on Bikes Melbourne

which will result in a block on posting for a 30-day period:

30 day ban

Seems more than a little hypocritical to allow the word “dyke” in a page on Facebook but not let people talk about it.


Shining sunlight on the hypocrisy and darkness of Lyle Shelton and David van Gend

April 9, 2017

The Age – Letters – April 9 2017

Religious reversals

It’s a bit rich for religious conservatives to be denouncing gay activists for urging boycotts of companies that don’t support marriage equality. They do the exact thing in reverse. The religious right and other anti-LGBTI groups held an international conference in South Africa last December, largely to oppose the international spread of marriage equality.

All delegates, including Lyle Shelton from the Australian Christian Lobby and David van Gend from Australian Marriage Forum, signed a pledge to what is now called the Cape Town Declaration. Apart from pledging to oppose same-sex marriage, the Declaration commits its signatories, where possible, “to refuse to deal with corporations” that deny their “religious truths”.

Brian Greig, Bayswater, WA


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