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Former mayoral candidate sues agent and cruise line

February 8, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

An outspoken former Gold Coast mayoral candidate is reportedly suing a travel agent and a cruise line for not allowing him to board a liner without a passport.

John Abbott, 70, claims being refused entry to Legends of the Seas when it was in port at Brisbane in November ended his relationship, caused an eating disorder, heart palpations and “feelings of helplessness and rejection”, according to the Gold Coast Bulletin, which is familiar with the writ.

The paper said Abbott’s 20-page statement of claim against RCL Cruises Ltd and travel agency Travel Masters, lodged in the Southport District Court on 24 January 2017, lists various demands, including a AUD 750,000 “tax free” payment and two round-trip cruises for two people with limousine pick up – plus a chartered private jet to the cruises (if they leave from an interstate port) and up to AUD 100,000 spending money.

The statement of claim accuses RCL and Travel Masters of breaching contracts and acting contrary to Australian consumer and migration laws.

Abbott alleges he was not told in advance that he needed a passport to board the ship – only by RCL staff when he and his then partner arrived to board it, the paper reported. The vessel was scheduled to visit the Island of Lifou and Isle of Pines.

The paper described Abbott as a former leader of the men’s rights group Blackshirts,  who ran for mayor of the Gold Coast in 2012 and had drawn criticism this year for saying that Australia was a Christian country and that Muslims and Christians “do not mix”.

Written by Peter Needham

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