Q&A’s ‘national hero’ Duncan Storrar convicted for kill threats

Q&A’s ‘national hero’ Duncan Storrar convicted for kill threats, by Caroline Overington, in The Australian.

The man the ABC presented as a “new national hero” has a long criminal history, including making threats to kill, unlawful ­assault and multiple counts of breaching intervention orders taken out by his ex-partners. … His rap sheet, which runs to 20 pages, dates from 1992, when he was convicted of multiple counts of intentionally damaging property, possession of a drug of ­dependence and being unlawfully on premises.

Hmmm. So, as the PC might say in a different context, he partook in the war against women, and is a domestic abuser. The criminality and violence means he isn’t hero material. How come the ABC didn’t notice?

Duncan Storrar … prompted Australians to open their hearts and wallets when he ­appeared on the ABC’s Q&A program on Monday, pleading for a tax break so he could take his two young daughters to the movies…

Samuel Fawcett, a Community and Public Sector Union member who works with CSL in Victoria, set up the GoFundMe page after seeing Mr Storrar on Q&A and ­initially asked the public to donate $6000. He is now in the awkward position of figuring out how to get the $60,000 in small donations to the man with a past drug problem and a significant criminal history.

Mr Storrar rocked the public’s conscience when he asked the Q&A panel: “If you lift my tax-free threshold, that changes my life. That means that I get to say to my little girls, ‘Daddy’s not broke this weekend. We can go to the pictures.’ Rich people don’t even ­notice their tax-free threshold lift. Why don’t I get it? Why do they get it?” He received a thunderous round of applause.

Mr Storrar’s stepdaughter, ­Tamika Drew, came in for harsh criticism online when she warned people against giving Mr Storrar money on the GoFundMe page. She told The Australian yesterday: “The online abuse doesn’t worry me because I’ve been through a lot worse. I just want people to know. He has a long criminal history. Kids shouldn’t have to go through that.’’

UPDATE: Q&A ‘battler’ Duncan Storrar undeserving of cash, says son.

Geelong truckie Duncan Storrar has been hailed Australia’s “new national hero” for his appearance on Q&A, but to his son he is a deadbeat fraudster undeserving of sympathy. …

Mr Storrar later admitted he never pays tax, as he earns below the threshold and collects Austudy payments.

hat-tip Matthew