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Desperation tactic? “Victim Katie” claims harrassment

By Masquara - 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.

What’s Your opinion?


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62 Responses to
Desperation tactic? “Victim Katie” claims harrassment
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davo101 8:16 am
15 Oct 12
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Is this a new RiotAct record for the number of “scare quotes” used in a post?

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colourful sydney rac 8:19 am
15 Oct 12
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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.

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raypasteur 8:47 am
15 Oct 12
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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.

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Deref 9:01 am
15 Oct 12
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Obvious troll is obvious.

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bundah 9:04 am
15 Oct 12
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If it looks,smells and tastes like a pig then it’s obviously a ‘pig’.

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schmeah 9:18 am
15 Oct 12
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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.

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Jim Jones 9:24 am
15 Oct 12
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You and Mr G are cut from the same cloth.

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cmdwedge 9:28 am
15 Oct 12
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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.

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nsn 9:38 am
15 Oct 12
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stillflying 9:52 am
15 Oct 12
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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

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SnapperJack 10:16 am
15 Oct 12
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No doubt we’ll see this on the front page of The Canberra Times tomorrow as yet another pro-Labor, anti Liberal beatup.

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virgil99 10:34 am
15 Oct 12
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Put out policies. Sell them to an electorate.
The rest of this rubbish is just wasting everyone’s time.

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espy 10:52 am
15 Oct 12
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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.

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colourful sydney rac 10:58 am
15 Oct 12
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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.

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Thumper 11:23 am
15 Oct 12
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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.

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