2nd February, 1932 : The leader of the militant anti-Communist New Guard was convicted in the Sydney Summons Court today of using insulting language in describing Jack Lang, the NSW Premier, as “a nasty tyrant, a scoundrel, a buffoon, and a hated old man of the sea”. Eric Campbell, a solicitor, who also compared Mr Lang with a bull, gave notice of appeal. A jury found that at least some of the words were insulting. The magistrate, Mr Laidlaw, in fixing a £2 penalty, said there was a view that a man was entitled to entertain any opinion he pleased.
[It would be a miracle to find a man as Mr Laidlaw amongst our politically correct judiciary today]