A contestant on Australia's new Big Brother reality TV contest stunned viewers on Sunday (14JUN04) when he staged a silent protest after he was voted off the show.

MERLIN LUCK, 24, sat in silence with his mouth taped shut during a post-show interview - to protest at the detention of asylum seekers in Australia.

The live non-interview left Big Brother host GRETEL KILLEEN speechless.

Luck also held a poster that read 'Free th (corr) refugees'.

Luck had spent six weeks locked in the house with other contestants before his eviction. His actions have been praised by fellow protestors.

16/06/2004 02:37