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Published on Sep 1, 2009
TV news clips of the man dubbed by the media "Australia's Serial Pest Peter Hore". He spent many months in Newcastle before venturing off to commence his career as a disruptor of public events in 1997 with his running on the track of the Melbourne Cup (for which he did time in gaol). He followed that up with a disturbance at the funeral of Michael Hutchence, then ran onto the soccer field at half-time in the World Cup qualifier match between Australia and Iran. He was widely blamed for Australia's failure to secure a place in the subsequent World Cup. Other events followed, such as invading South Australia's Parliament, gatecrashing another funeral (that of horse trainer T. J. Smith), and joining the men's marathon as an unscheduled entrant during the Sydney 2000 Olympics. The first couple of these news reports date from 2001 when he returned to his state of origin (Queensland), and was taken off the streets by the authorities as a preemptive strike so that he wouldn't be able to interrupt the looming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, the final Goodwill Games, or the planned Royal visit. The other reports date from 2002 when, having got out of the hands of the Queensland authorities, he found himself protesting the inhumane detention of asylum seekers at the Woomera Detention Centre out in the South Australian desert. The way he tells it the fence collapsed under the weight of the refugees and they piled out into the desert; it wasn't a planned breakout at all. There were no contingency plans to deal with this outcome, and in his account of events he was abandoned in the desert with the escaped detainees.