19 August, 2016. 09:40
CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | Contact
Three days after Hollywood superstar Sam Neill slammed the NSW government’s “deeply regrettable” decisions to impose nightlife lock-out laws, Premier Mike Baird has responded with a vitriolic attack on the Jurassic Park actor’s “moral fibre”.
Speaking to NOVA radio in Sydney this morning, Baird fired back at Neill’s claims.
“I think it’s very rich for some two-bit creative to fly in here overnight and accuse me of negligence in my role as Premier,”
“He’s the one that has made a living out of blasphemic evolution propaganda,”
Neill’s comments came during his visit to Parramatta Park to announce the annual Tropfest film festival will move from Centennial Park to Western Sydney, the 68-year-old Kiwi said: “I’m grumpy because Sydney used to be such a vibrant and exciting place in the late ’70s and early ’80s.
“There was an extraordinary culture but the vibrancy has been sucked out of the place.”
However, Mike Baird says he won’t be made to feel guilty by a man who’s spent his life associating with homosexuals and engaging in pre-marital sex with women who live out of home.
“The very fact that this man was given a platform to make these comments is what is wrong with our media,” he said.
“We moved this feral film festival to Parramatta for a reason – and he’s used it as an opportunity to reminisce about inner-Sydney… as though it still belongs to the perverts,”
“This is a man who starred in two different films that show scientists cloning dinosaurs – and what’s worse, they suggest that this so called ‘Jurassic Period’ happened over 80 million years ago,”
“The man is morally corrupt and I have no respect for people who think the world is that old,”
Another Baird ruling that Neill chose to take aim at was the Greyhound Racing ban in NSW.
“Shutting down the dogs is a crime, it’s a valuable part of working-class culture. Film and racing and dogs are part of Australian culture.” said Neill, a comment that was also responded to by Baird.
“If this man honestly thinks my city should designate eight acres to a greyhound track, then he really is as stupid as he looks,”
“If you want to gamble, go down to the Casino – it’s just a stone’s throw from Wentworth Park anyway,”
“Or should I say, Hillsong Park”