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Duncan Storrar, the man who dared ask a question on Q&A and was vilified by News Corp as a result, has now been featured on ABC Media Watch. We reproduce Duncan's response to the programme exactly as written.

LETTER FROM DUNCAN STORRAR TO MEDIA WATCH

Lessons of the last week

Here I sit after returning from hiding from the media. I don’t know where to start this except with what are the lessons for Australia in this episode

I think they are this 1 if a person shows the powers to be out of touch people that they are they will be dropped, probed and attacked in any way with no thought to the mental wellbeing of their children.

2 this exposing of your life and every discrepancy in it will be published ruining your job prospects (would you give me a job after a google search comes up with the headlines of last week and will be used as a example to keep people like me quiet)

Now there has been serious consequences from the decisions that the news corp press has taken in my so called story. I told everybody I talk to that I have just been to the royal commission and have serious mental issues. Knowing this the right wing press decided to write the story’s they did without a care for me or my (now ex partner ) mental health . Now as somebody who is training to learn to be a mental health advocate I ask does News Corp have a mental health policy when it comes to dealing with people like me. Yes they do, they have thrown this out to show the world that power. Has news corp broken the mental health act by knowing I have issues, my partner has issues and still coming in boots and all.

"Thank you Australia for all your support I didn’t want this."

Isn’t there a duty of care instilled in the mental health act.

These are questions for lawyers not me.

Now to the wonderful people of Australia I’d like to thank you for my support.

To the people that I spent the weekend with, thank you for your help and the go fund people thank you for making sure my girls have their school needs taken care of. The money will go in a trust fund for school and to charities.

And final, my question is still valid and hasn’t been answered but more to the point there are a whole class of people out there, yes we might have records, yes we might not be perfect but society has forgotten us the politicians and the media use us whenever they want to show why they need to be elected but never do anything to help our plight. We are breaking down here and life hasn’t been this hard since before Whitlam for the underclass.

Thank you Australia for all your support I didn’t want this.

Q and A is the only place where people like me can ask questions of our leaders and policy makers and as it’s so hard to see your politicians we don’t have any other contact with these people and as such is the most important part of democracy I have available to me.

Duncan Storrar

Watch the ABC Media Watch piece on Duncan Storrar below:

Duncan Storrar's letter was originally published on Media Watch. Read the original here.

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