Desperation tactic? “Victim Katie” claims harrassment

By 15 October, 2012 62

ABC radio news this morning broadcast an interview with Katie Gallagher where she – interestingly – reported Liberal “harrassment” to the police but on the basis that “nothing was to be done” (create smoke without having to evidence fire). Her account painted a picture of a group of Liberal men “following her car closely” as she drove from one campaign venue to another but, while she had called the police in, there was nothing so specific as, say,  “tailgating”. She (interestingly) didn’t specify whether they were candidates, leaving it hanging in the mind’s eye that this frightening mob might well have been Zed, Brendan, Steve and Jeremy.  Gallagher was very careful with her words – said she “often has children in the car”, implying some sort of risk or danger to her children, but did not say she actually had children with her. All in all it sounded like a very cleverly crafted campaign tactic, designed to fall short of anything she could be technically called on legally, but crafted to maximise benefit from the current “mysogyny” card.

Katie Gallagher did not outline anything about verbal aggression, and no specifics whatsoever.

So apparently some Liberal campaigners (best to assume they were not candidates), knowing she was heading off to campaign somewhere, and decided to follow her to counter her campaign at whatever venue. Entirely legitimate, provided they weren’t stepping outside the law.

Seeing Katie Gallagher using the media to play this nebulous victim card, against unnamed “offenders” and with no evidence,  so soon after the apparent viral success of a federal politician playing the victim in the federal parliament, smacks of strategy cooked up at Labor campaign head office. It could also be an abuse of the justice system.

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62 Responses to Desperation tactic? “Victim Katie” claims harrassment
#1
davo1018:16 am, 15 Oct 12

Is this a new RiotAct record for the number of “scare quotes” used in a post?

#2
colourful sydney rac8:19 am, 15 Oct 12

Your continually actions as an apologist for the Liberal party are getting quite dull and predictable. I am not at all surprised to hear about this, I would likewise not be surprised to hear that young labor hacks did the same to a liberal candidate.

It would be nice if you had the decency to pay jb advertising costs for your blatantly obvious political propaganda.

#3
raypasteur8:47 am, 15 Oct 12

Are you for real? Any form of stalking let alone following someone’s car whether they are a celebrity or not is harassment. One thing that can be learned from this and the Liberal spokesperson this morning is that the Liberals are arrogant, and cannot be bothered or respectful to understand where they have done wrong. It shows through their lying triple rate campaign misleading ACT, and now through its hypocritical comments on Katy.

#4
Deref9:01 am, 15 Oct 12

Obvious troll is obvious.

#5
bundah9:04 am, 15 Oct 12

If it looks,smells and tastes like a pig then it’s obviously a ‘pig’.

#6
schmeah9:18 am, 15 Oct 12

yet another young Liberal feral hacking on their opponentns under the guise of being a “concerned citizen” …

If I was pursued by men in cars who circled me at a car park, irrespective of my public role, I would call it what it is .. intimidation.

Now .. GO AWAY AND STOP TRYING TO PLAY WITH THE GROWN UPS.

#7
Jim Jones9:24 am, 15 Oct 12

You and Mr G are cut from the same cloth.

#8
cmdwedge9:28 am, 15 Oct 12

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Your continually actions as an apologist for the Liberal party are getting quite dull and predictable. I am not at all surprised to hear about this, I would likewise not be surprised to hear that young labor hacks did the same to a liberal candidate.

It would be nice if you had the decency to pay jb advertising costs for your blatantly obvious political propaganda.

How utterly rich coming from you, csri.

#9
nsn9:38 am, 15 Oct 12
#10
stillflying9:52 am, 15 Oct 12

Well just taking into her account her history with her family, I would be concerned about people following me in a car as well. It’s not necessarily the safest way of driving

#11
SnapperJack10:16 am, 15 Oct 12

No doubt we’ll see this on the front page of The Canberra Times tomorrow as yet another pro-Labor, anti Liberal beatup.

#12
virgil9910:34 am, 15 Oct 12

Put out policies. Sell them to an electorate.
The rest of this rubbish is just wasting everyone’s time.

#13
espy10:52 am, 15 Oct 12

schmeah said :

yet another young Liberal feral hacking on their opponentns under the guise of being a “concerned citizen” …

If I was pursued by men in cars who circled me at a car park, irrespective of my public role, I would call it what it is .. intimidation.

Now .. GO AWAY AND STOP TRYING TO PLAY WITH THE GROWN UPS.

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

I love the deliberate mis-spelling of ‘Katy’ to ‘Katie’, in order to show as much disrespect as possible.

Stay classy Masquara.

#14
colourful sydney rac10:58 am, 15 Oct 12

cmdwedge said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Your continually actions as an apologist for the Liberal party are getting quite dull and predictable. I am not at all surprised to hear about this, I would likewise not be surprised to hear that young labor hacks did the same to a liberal candidate.

It would be nice if you had the decency to pay jb advertising costs for your blatantly obvious political propaganda.

How utterly rich coming from you, csri.

Unlike you, I am not a member of any political party, I have criticised the Liberals, Greens, ALP and the AMP in the last couple of weeks in posts on RA – I even said, in this thread, that it would not surprise me if young labor hacks did the same thing as alleged by Gallagher.

Take off your blinkers, just because someone criticses your party, it does not mean they are in any way affiliated with the Labor party.

#15
Thumper11:23 am, 15 Oct 12

Sorry if I find this somewhat unbelievable.

If Katy really was menaced as she says she was then call the police and lets see these people charged.

#16
Thumper11:24 am, 15 Oct 12

Deref said :

Obvious troll is obvious.

Lots of obvious trolls from all political spectrums as we close in on the election.

We should post a political troll watch :)

#17
colourful sydney rac11:33 am, 15 Oct 12

Thumper said :

Deref said :

Obvious troll is obvious.

Lots of obvious trolls from all political spectrums as we close in on the election.

We should post a political troll watch :)

I’m with you – it’s funny though, if you point out someone is a political troll, another troll jumps to their defence…it is kind of like the sorcerers apprentice- but with trolls :)

#18
colourful sydney rac11:35 am, 15 Oct 12

Thumper said :

Sorry if I find this somewhat unbelievable.

If Katy really was menaced as she says she was then call the police and lets see these people charged.

I suspect that they probably did pursue her, but not quite as menacingly as she made it sound.

#19
Masquara11:39 am, 15 Oct 12

stillflying said :

Well just taking into her account her history with her family, I would be concerned about people following me in a car as well. It’s not necessarily the safest way of driving

In the thick of an election campaign? Note that Katie’s complaint did not specify any form of aggressive driving – just “following”. As you would.

#20
Masquara11:47 am, 15 Oct 12

colourful sydney racing identity said :

cmdwedge said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Your continually actions as an apologist for the Liberal party are getting quite dull and predictable. I am not at all surprised to hear about this, I would likewise not be surprised to hear that young labor hacks did the same to a liberal candidate.

It would be nice if you had the decency to pay jb advertising costs for your blatantly obvious political propaganda.

How utterly rich coming from you, csri.

Unlike you, I am not a member of any political party, I have criticised the Liberals, Greens, ALP and the AMP in the last couple of weeks in posts on RA – I even said, in this thread, that it would not surprise me if young labor hacks did the same thing as alleged by Gallagher.

Take off your blinkers, just because someone criticses your party, it does not mean they are in any way affiliated with the Labor party.

And in the same vein, I am not affiliated with the Liberals and have never previously voted Liberal. They will probably get my preferences behind the Bullet Trainers. This labelling people who voice an opinion “trolls” without any actual argument (which is actually trolling) just shows how WRONG this Labor government is, along with its imitation of toxic Labor strategies at the Queensland state and federal levels. If you can’t argue with my posts, going all Albo/Roxon on the RiotAct only serves to underline that ACT Labor’s campaign strategy is just politics borrowed from the Hill.

#21
c_c11:48 am, 15 Oct 12

Masquara really is typical of the Libs in Canberra these days. Can’t write, can’t assemble a cohesive point. Listening to Zed and Guilia Jones the other day and I was left wondering whether they had both suffered a stroke the words came with such difficulty.

#22
Mr Gillespie11:50 am, 15 Oct 12

I take my hat off to the OP of this thread.

Well said.

#23
Mysteryman11:57 am, 15 Oct 12

cmdwedge said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Your continually actions as an apologist for the Liberal party are getting quite dull and predictable. I am not at all surprised to hear about this, I would likewise not be surprised to hear that young labor hacks did the same to a liberal candidate.

It would be nice if you had the decency to pay jb advertising costs for your blatantly obvious political propaganda.

How utterly rich coming from you, csri.

+1.

#24
colourful sydney rac11:58 am, 15 Oct 12

Masquara said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

cmdwedge said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Your continually actions as an apologist for the Liberal party are getting quite dull and predictable. I am not at all surprised to hear about this, I would likewise not be surprised to hear that young labor hacks did the same to a liberal candidate.

It would be nice if you had the decency to pay jb advertising costs for your blatantly obvious political propaganda.

How utterly rich coming from you, csri.

Unlike you, I am not a member of any political party, I have criticised the Liberals, Greens, ALP and the AMP in the last couple of weeks in posts on RA – I even said, in this thread, that it would not surprise me if young labor hacks did the same thing as alleged by Gallagher.

Take off your blinkers, just because someone criticses your party, it does not mean they are in any way affiliated with the Labor party.

And in the same vein, I am not affiliated with the Liberals and have never previously voted Liberal. They will probably get my preferences behind the Bullet Trainers. This labelling people who voice an opinion “trolls” without any actual argument (which is actually trolling) just shows how WRONG this Labor government is, along with its imitation of toxic Labor strategies at the Queensland state and federal levels. If you can’t argue with my posts, going all Albo/Roxon on the RiotAct only serves to underline that ACT Labor’s campaign strategy is just politics borrowed from the Hill.

Please point out where I called you a ‘troll’.

I seem to remember Brendan Nelson, when Pres of the AMA, likewise bleating ‘I have never voted Liberal in my life’ shyuh.

#25
schmeah11:58 am, 15 Oct 12

Masquara said :

stillflying said :

Well just taking into her account her history with her family, I would be concerned about people following me in a car as well. It’s not necessarily the safest way of driving

In the thick of an election campaign? Note that Katie’s complaint did not specify any form of aggressive driving – just “following”. As you would.

Firstly it’s KATY.

Secondly, her comment said that 1) she was followed from one campaign stall to the next (which is probably nothing to complain about given that campaign turf is prized real-estate so late in an election) and 2) that she and her volunteers, possibly from feeling pressured by Zed’s truck following them on the road, drive into a car park to lose the ferals when one of the vehicles followed them and encircled them .. before driving off.

She makes clear that she’s used to politics being ‘rough’ on both sides, but draws a line at using the road to challenge someone.

please, stop trying .. you’re just embarrassing yourself.

#26
Henry8211:59 am, 15 Oct 12

raypasteur said :

let alone following someone’s car … is harassment.

following their car or heading to the same event?

#27
Masquara12:07 pm, 15 Oct 12

Katie Gallagher has just gone an “I’m an exception” step further: quoted on ABC Radio saying that “as Chief Minister, I was within my rights to call the police” – not, note, exercising any rights as a plain citizen, but based on her perception of her special status. The message there is that she has special “police protection expectations”, and begs the question: if she was calling for a police response to her complaint made “as Chief Minister”, is she thereby requiring fellow Canberra citizens to treat her with particular reverence and respect, and not campaign against her?
This is “born to rule” stuff.

#28
Girt_Hindrance12:10 pm, 15 Oct 12

Masquara said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

cmdwedge said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Your continually actions as an apologist for the Liberal party are getting quite dull and predictable. I am not at all surprised to hear about this, I would likewise not be surprised to hear that young labor hacks did the same to a liberal candidate.

It would be nice if you had the decency to pay jb advertising costs for your blatantly obvious political propaganda.

How utterly rich coming from you, csri.

Unlike you, I am not a member of any political party, I have criticised the Liberals, Greens, ALP and the AMP in the last couple of weeks in posts on RA – I even said, in this thread, that it would not surprise me if young labor hacks did the same thing as alleged by Gallagher.

Take off your blinkers, just because someone criticses your party, it does not mean they are in any way affiliated with the Labor party.

And in the same vein, I am not affiliated with the Liberals and have never previously voted Liberal. They will probably get my preferences behind the Bullet Trainers. This labelling people who voice an opinion “trolls” without any actual argument (which is actually trolling) just shows how WRONG this Labor government is, along with its imitation of toxic Labor strategies at the Queensland state and federal levels. If you can’t argue with my posts, going all Albo/Roxon on the RiotAct only serves to underlyine t
That ACT Labor’s campaign strategy is just politics borrowed from the Hill.

“It’s the Gubbermints fault that no one sees my view”
If you have so much disdain for the Labor govt, clearly both locally and Federally, why don’t you vote with your feet and leave the public service? You know, ‘be the change you want to see in the world’?

#29
bd8412:16 pm, 15 Oct 12

Sounds like a bit of a beat up.. If all they were doing was following her from one shopping centre meet to another (as it sounds from the story), then that’s no different from her plebs following her. If they were aggressively following her, tailgating etc, or following her home, then that shouldn’t be on.. I assume from the lack of interest from the police, thay they know a political tantrum when they see it.

#30
cmdwedge12:18 pm, 15 Oct 12

Masquara said :

Katie Gallagher has just gone an “I’m an exception” step further: quoted on ABC Radio saying that “as Chief Minister, I was within my rights to call the police” – not, note, exercising any rights as a plain citizen, but based on her perception of her special status. The message there is that she has special “police protection expectations”, and begs the question: if she was calling for a police response to her complaint made “as Chief Minister”, is she thereby requiring fellow Canberra citizens to treat her with particular reverence and respect, and not campaign against her?
This is “born to rule” stuff.

The cult of personality surrounding her is astounding. The Team Katy mentality. The tiny little Labor logos on corflutes. Might as well just call yourselves the Katy Gallagher Party and be done with it.

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