Duncan Storrar as he appeared on Q&A; on the ABC.
Duncan Storrar as he appeared on Q&A; on the ABC.

Duncan Storrar hits back at 'villain' coverage

DUNCAN Storrar, the man who sparked a national outpouring of sympathy after he appeared on Q&A, has blasted media coverage of his personal life by News Corp publications.

A GoFundMe campaign last week raised more than $60,000 for Mr Storrar after he appeared on Q&A and told how he couldn't afford to take his kids to the movies.

Duncan ­Storrar's son, Aztec Major, painted a very different picture of his ­father, the Australian reported.

Mr Major, 20, said he couldn't believe it when he saw people ­donating tens of thousands of dollars.

"He doesn't deserve it," said Mr Major. "He's used drugs. He's not the person he's making himself out to be."

In a written statement given to the ABC's Media Watch program, Mr Storrar t hit out at some of the media reporting of his story.

"If a person shows the powers to be out of touch people [then] ... they will be dropped, probed and attacked in any way with no thought to the mental wellbeing of their children," he said.

He said he was attacked in the media despite warning journalists he had mental health concerns.

Herald Sun editor Damon Johnston earlier stood by his paper's headline on Mr Storrar - "ABC hero a villain", the ABC reported.

"If you put yourself on the public stage, and in, particularly in the middle of an election campaign, questioning Government policy, questioning this, I think that you're entitled to be subjected to a bit of scrutiny," he said.

"It was all part of legitimate public debate in my view."

Duncan Storrar's statement in full

Lessons of the last week

Here I sit after returning from hiding from the media. I don't know where to start this except with what are the lessons for Australia in this episode.

I think they are this:

1 if a person shows the powers to be out of touch people that they are they will be dropped, probed and attacked in any way with no thought to the mental wellbeing of their children.

2 this exposing of your life and every discrepancy in it will be published ruining your job prospects (would you give me a job after a google search comes up with the headlines of last week and will be used as a example to keep people like me quiet)

Now there has been serious consequences from the decisions that the news corp press has taken in my so called story. I told everybody I talk to that I have just been to the royal commission and have serious mental issues. Knowing this the right wing press decided to write the story's they did without a care for me or my (now ex partner ) mental health .

Now as somebody who is training to learn to be a mental health advocate I ask does News Corp have a mental health policy when it comes to dealing with people like me. Yes they do, they have thrown this out to show the world that power. Has news corp broken the mental health act by knowing I have issues, my partner has issues and still coming in boots and all. 

Isn't there a duty of care instilled in the mental health act.

These are questions for lawyers not me.

Now to the wonderful people of Australia I'd like to thank you for my support.

To the people that I spent the weekend with, thank you for your help and the go fund people thank you for making sure my girls have their school needs taken care of. The money will go in a trust fund for school and to charities.

And final, my question is still valid and hasn't been answered but more to the point there are a whole class of people out there, yes we might have records, yes we might not be perfect but society has forgotten us the politicians and the media use us whenever they want to show why they need to be elected but never do anything to help our plight.

We are breaking down here and life hasn't been this hard since before Whitlam for the underclass.

Thank you Australia for all your support I didn't want this.

Q and A is the only place where people like me can ask questions of our leaders and policy makers and as it's so hard to see your politicians we don't have any other contact with these people and as such is the most important part of democracy I have available to me.

Duncan Storrar 

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