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Sacked Journalist Is Suing SBS Over Anzac Tweets

The football journalist was fired last month for a string of tweets critical of the Anzac legend.

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The sacked soccer journalist Scott McIntyre has filed an unfair dismissal case against SBS after he was sacked for an Anzac Day twitter rant which sparked intervention from the federal communications minister.

Law firm Maurice Blackburn filed the discrimination claim on behalf of McIntyre on Monday.

"The case is not about whether Mr McIntyre's opinions are correct or not. It will focus on whether the views expressed by Mr McIntyre constituted political opinion and whether SBS terminated his employment for expressing these views," it said in a statement to BuzzFeed News.

"It is alleged SBS took action without a proper investigation and consideration of all relevant issues. It will be contended that Mr McIntyre had an unblemished work record and if a proper process had been followed, he would still be employed in his chosen career."

McIntyre sent out a string of tweets last month, heavily critical of the myth-making of Anzac Day.

The cultification of an imperialist invasion of a foreign nation that Australia had no quarrel with is against all ideals of modern society.

Wonder if the poorly-read, largely white, nationalist drinkers and gamblers pause today to consider the horror that all mankind suffered.

Remembering the summary execution, widespread rape and theft committed by these ‘brave’ Anzacs in Egypt, Palestine and Japan.

Innocent children, on the way to school, murdered. Their shadows seared into the concrete of Hiroshima.

In the wake of the Twitter storm, communications minister Malcolm Turnbull condemned the comments and dobbed him in to SBS managers.

Difficult to think of more offensive or inappropriate comments than those by @mcintinhos. Despicable remarks which deserve to be condemned.

BuzzFeed News approached both Turnbull's office and SBS over the latest development. A spokesman for Turnbull said the minister would not be commenting further about McIntyre's discrimination claim now before the Fair Work commission.

One of the lawyers representing McIntyre is Michael Lee SC - the barrister who defended James Ashby in the sexual harassment claim against the former speaker Peter Slipper which was later dropped.