Keysar Trad responds to Alan Jones's apology
The man who complained about Alan Jones's comments on Lebanese Muslims in 2005, Keysar Trad, says he's relieved to finally hear the broadcaster's apology.PT1M21S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2bm3s 620 349 December 19, 2012
Controversial broadcaster Alan Jones has apologised on air over comments he made in April 2005 describing Lebanese Muslims as "vermin" and "mongrels".
The Administrative Decisions Tribunal (ADT) had ordered Jones to apologise on his 2GB radio show between 8am and 8.30am (AEDT) any day this week.
On Wednesday just after 8am he did so, saying his comments were in breach of the Anti-Discrimination Act.
Apology ... Alan Jones.
"I apologise for making those comments and I recognise they were unlawful and I also apologise on behalf of Radio 2GB."
The apology comes two months after Jones lost a lengthy legal bid to overturn the 2009 decision, which found he "incited hatred, serious contempt and severe ridicule of Lebanese Muslims".
The case was taken against him by Sydney-based Lebanese-born Muslim leader, Keysar Trad.
The complaint related to comments Jones made on April 28 about a Nine Network current affairs story reportedly showing young men of Lebanese origin taunting police.
"If ever there was a clear example that Lebanese males in their vast numbers not only hate our country and our heritage, this was it," Jones said.
Referring to the men as "vermin" and "mongrels", he added: "They simply rape, pillage and plunder a nation that's taken them in."