Peter Hore

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Peter Hore
Born circa 1960[1]
Lismore, New South Wales, Australia
Residence Mayfield, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Other names Peter Hoare, Peter Howard
Known for Disrupting public events

Peter Hore (born circa 1960[1]), is an Australian-born criminal, known for disrupting social and political events in his native country (ranging from sessions of Parliament to sporting events to funerals) for which he has been called a "serial troublemaker"[2] and a "serial pest".[3] The Daily Telegraph has reported that Hore has been diagnosed as suffering from schizophrenia.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Hore was born circa 1960[1] in Lismore, New South Wales, Australia.

The Daily Telegraph has reported that Hore has been diagnosed as suffering from schizophrenia.[3] Hore's legal bills were paid for by the Aboriginal Legal Service, managed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission.[4]

Social disruption[edit]

In November 1997, Hore ran onto the race track at Flemington during the 1997 Melbourne Cup [5] and later in the month pulled down the goal net and suspended play during the Australia vs Iran World Cup qualifier.[6] SBS states that Hore's disruption of the qualifier allowed Iran to regroup and come back with two goals, ensuring them a trip to the 1998 FIFA World Cup on away goal rules.[6] Hore was held for one month in the Port Phillip Correctional Centre for disrupting the Melbourne Cup.[7]

In 1998, Hore made an appearance in John Safran's Media Tycoon pilot. During the interview, Hore stated he committed the acts because he wanted to be on the news.[8]

He has interrupted a number of funeral services and memorials including that of thoroughbred racehorse trainer Tommy J. Smith in Sydney (1998),[5] former governor Dame Roma Mitchell, in a sitting of the lower house of South Australia's Parliament (2000)[2] and Nicole Kidman's father, Dr Antony Kidman (2014).[9]

The sporting events he has disrupted include the Australian Open men's final between Andre Agassi and Yevgeny Kafelnikov (2000),[10] the Sydney 2000 Olympics men's marathon (2000)[11] and a One Day International cricket match between Australia and the West Indies at the Sydney Cricket Ground (2001).[12] He made an attempt to enter the Gabba cricket ground in Brisbane, to disrupt the first Ashes Test between England and Australia (2006).[13] In 2001, he was arrested and detained pending a medical assessment and to keep him from disrupting the upcoming Goodwill Games and CHOGM. The charges were later dropped.[14] His disruption of rugby events at EnergyAustralia Stadium, including the Newcastle Knights and Parramatta Eels game in 2006,[15] and again in 2008[16][17] have led to a lifetime ban from the facility.[18] At the NSW State of Origin Rugby League squad training in Brisbane's Botanical Gardens, he handed out CDs of his music and followed players around on the park for their autograph (2007).[19]

Social events that have been disrupted include the Centenary Federation parade in Sydney (2001),[20] the Limp Bizkit and Gerling performances during Sydney Big Day Out (2001),[21] He was prevented from disrupting Jennifer Hawkins' home-coming parade in Newcastle after she was crowned Miss Universe 2004 (2004)[22]

He has also disrupted political events including the Cole Inquiry into the Australian Wheat Board paying kickbacks to Saddam Hussein's regime in exchange for wheat sales (2006)[23][24] the inquiry being held by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (New South Wales) (2014)[25] a sitting of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly (2009)[26] Newcastle City Council chambers during a debate to close the Loft Youth Centre (2009),[27] He attempted to gatecrash the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2002 in Coolum, Queensland, to demand an audience with Queen Elizabeth II (2002)[28] and was arrested by police after attempting to board a Newcastle to Sydney train, having previously announced during an ABC Radio interview he was going to disrupt the 2014 royal tour of Australia by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.[29]

Political activities[edit]

In 2007, he told Queensland premier Anna Bligh that he would run against her next year in her seat of South Brisbane.[30] He ran against Kevin Rudd as an independent in the Division of Griffith, in 2007 polling over 2,200 primary votes.[31]

He allegedly helped release 35 asylum seekers from the Woomera Immigration Reception and Processing Centre.[32] Hore was sentenced to three months in jail.[33]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Jamelle Wells (28 Apr 2014). "'Serial pest' Peter Hore appears in court charged with assaulting ICAC officer". ABC Online. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "AM Archive - 'Serial troublemaker' bursts into Parliament". 29 March 2000. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  3. ^ a b c Alicia Wood (April 4, 2014). "Serial pest Peter Hore bursts into ICAC and assaults police officer". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Parliament of Australia - 'The ATSIC experiment has failed'". 10 March 2003. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  5. ^ a b NSW Hansard, 10 September 1998
  6. ^ a b "The new "soccer war"". The World Game. 31 December 2010. 
  7. ^ Greg Prichard (13 Jan 2015). "Asian Cup runneth over: Are you hawkin' to me?". Special Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  8. ^ John Safran vs Peter Hore on YouTube
  9. ^
  10. ^ Invader interrupts men's final, Sports Illustrated, 30 January 2000.
  11. ^ Brad Lawson, "Serial Pest" Granted Bail, Daily Telegraph, 3 October 2000.
  12. ^ "The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Sport". Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  13. ^ "Serial pest may head to Test". Fox Sports. 27 November 2006. 
  14. ^ "Police drop charges against 'serial pest'. 16/01/2002. ABC News Online". 16 January 2002. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  15. ^ Swanton, Will (12 March 2006). "Serial pest delivers on cafe pledge". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  16. ^ "Serial pitch invader faces lifetime ban". ABC News. 5 August 2008. 
  17. ^ "Serial pest disrupts match". 4 August 2008. 
  18. ^ "Serial pest Peter Hore strikes again". Brisbane Times. AAP. August 5, 2008. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  19. ^ "Blues confronted by serial pest". The Daily Telegraph. July 4, 2007. Retrieved January 19, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Serial Pest determined despite Broken Hill arrest". 19 November 2002. Retrieved 2011-01-04. 
  21. ^ Scatena, Dino (2001-01-27). "Heat and the beat mark Big Day Out". Daily Telegraph (Sydney, Australia) (1 - State ed.). p. 004. Retrieved 2013-08-26. 
  22. ^ Marx, Jack (1 April 2005). "The centre of the universe". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  23. ^ "AWB lawyers demand full spy papers". ABC News. 17 March 2006. 
  24. ^ "'Serial pest' disrupts Cole inquiry". The Age. Melbourne. 17 March 2006. 
  25. ^ "Serial pest Peter Hore bursts into ICAC and assaults police officer". The Daily Telegraph. 2014-04-04. Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  26. ^ "Serial pest Peter Hore disrupts NSW Parliament". The Herald Sun. 18 June 2009. 
  27. ^ Harris, Michelle: Newcastle council budget to go on exhibition, Newcastle Herald, 29 April 2009.
  28. ^ "CHOGM postpones decision on Zimbabwe". ABC News. 2 March 2002. 
  29. ^ Staff writer (17 April 2014). "'Serial pest' arrested ahead of Blue Mountains royal visit". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  30. ^ Moore, Tony; Sankey, Daniel (12 September 2007). "Serial pest buzzes Bligh". The Brisbane Times. 
  31. ^ "House of Representatives Division First Preferences: QLD DIVISION - GRIFFITH". 4 June 2013. 
  32. ^ Stewart, John (2 July 2002). "Videotape breakout manifesto". AM. 
  33. ^ "ABC News". 23 September 2002. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 

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