In the Canberra Times the Secretary of Unions ACT, Kim Sattler, is denying she was the one who riled up the Tent Embassy with news from the Prime Minister’s Office that Tony Abbott was in the nearby lobby restaurant.
When contacted by the Sunday Canberra Times this morning, Ms Sattler said she had been at the tent embassy but she was not the go between.
“I heard it from the crowd,’’ she said.
This is a bit tricky as The Age reports that Prime Minister Gillard is saying it was Ms Sattler.
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Furthermore the tent embassy leaders being interviewed on ABC News24 this afternoon have been saying they were set up for the ugly incident by one Kim Sattler.
Aboriginal woman Barbara Shaw, who told the crowd of Tony Abbott’s location on Australia Day, confirmed to The Sunday Age that she believed the intermediary was Ms Sattler.
“Now I know who she is and what her position [is], it’s really disappointing,” she said.
More on this as it unfolds.
Julia Gillard’s press sec Tony Hodges has already resigned for his seemingly minor part in the mess.