Peter Connor

Peter Connor is a long time OPCA adherent from Hervey Bay Queensland, credited with starting the Facebook group “Get out of paying fines, rego, fees, tolls and rates” that now has almost 40,000 members. 

“This group is dedicated to Peter Connor and his brave idea to teach people how to say NO to fines, fees, rego rates and other unlawful demands by the authorities.”

His son Beau Connor was a pupil of a State School, which he claimed discriminated against him contrary to the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth), as he suffered from Autism Spectrum Disorder, Pervasive Development Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and other conditions. Beau claimed to have been unlawfully discriminated against insofar as he had been suspended from the School on multiple occasions, by having been subjected to various instances of physical restraint, and seclusion or isolation from his classmates, and failing to provide him with a “Functional Behaviour Assessment” or a “Behaviour Plan”. The applicant sought a declaration and damages against the State of Queensland. (See Connor v State of Queensland (Department of Education and Training) [2017] FCA 1060).

In Connor v State of Queensland (Department of Education and Training) (No 2) [2019] FCA 366 Peter Connor sought a stay of the proceeding, “…until a “lawful” judiciary and unbiased option is available to me where a clear “conflict of interest” does not exist”, raising the allegation that as the Registrar of The office of mediation, the Department of Education, and all judges of the Court are employed by the state of Queensland, there exists a conflict of interest.

Further, he alleged there is no lawful judiciary as Australia is not governed by the rule of law, and that there is no option but to hold all proceedings since the Queen of England is no longer considered the constitutional monarch (due to the Lisbon Treaty 2009), and the Commonwealth of Australia is registered on the US Security and Exchange Commission. He also demanded both Houses of the Parliament of the Commonwealth deal with Senator Culleton’s question (Motion 163) from 2016 and answer to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth the Second.

Rangiah J. found his contentions unintelligible, and dismissed the application for a stay of the proceeding. 

In Connor v State of Queensland (Department of Education and Training) (No 3) [2020] FCA 455, Rangiah J. noted (at 3): “Peter Connor objects to the use of the title “Mr”, as he asserts that it is a “military title”. I will refer to members of the Connor family by their first names or their full names and without the use of any title.” The allegations of discrimination were not made out, and Rangiah J. dismissed the application.

In Connor v State of Queensland (Department of Education and Training) [2021] FCAFC 21, none of the grounds in the notice of appeal was made good and Reeves, Perry and Snaden JJ refused to grant leave to add any of the additional grounds that the applicant sought to agitate.  The appeal was dismissed. 

As Peter Connor was the applicants litigation guardian, he was ordered to pay the respondent’s costs. He applied for special leave to appeal to the High Court in Beau Connor (by his litigation representative Peter Connor) v State of Queensland (Department of Education and Training) [2021] HCASL 129, and the application was dismissed.

News: “Beau Connor: Family lose bitter legal battle with government over school ‘jail’“:

The Courier: “Parents lose Education Qld court battle“: