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Canberra’s Kim Sattler and the Australia Day fracas

By johnboy - 28 January 2012 30

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.

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.

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Canberra’s Kim Sattler and the Australia Day fracas
dungfungus 7:50 pm 29 Jan 12

MERC600 said :

Well everyone is rightly gettin into a big huff n puff over the apparent actions of Kim Sattler , but the fact is the embassy is supported by the ACT Government, the ACT trade unions, and the ACT supreme court (by an earlier court injunction ). And of course backed to the hilt by the Canberra Times, and Jack, and the ABC.

So nuthin more to do than wonder how strong the Sri Lanken cricket team is. And expect more people to get their 15 mins of fame this time next year.

Is ActewAGL one of their sponsors too? Apart from the Green Barbara Shaw all the others would be Labor supporters wouldn’t they?

RichRick 7:41 pm 29 Jan 12

Let’s hope all sides now realise things can backfire when you get caught with your pants down!

cranky 6:35 pm 29 Jan 12

Is’nt ‘inciting a riot” a crime any more?

Thumper 5:56 pm 29 Jan 12

Whatever side of politics you sit on, it doesn’t get much grubbier than this little stunt.

I’m sure that Gillard is even appalled by it all.

Interesting to see how it plays out over the next few weeks.

2604 5:22 pm 29 Jan 12

Jim Jones said :

2604 said :

Gee, union officials are fantastic people.

Thank God my profession isn’t unionised, at all.

No unions at the glory hole, huh?

You’d better ask Craig Thomson about all that. You know, the ALP member accused of using funds contributed by low-paid union members to pay for prostitutes?

Keep digging, Jim.

poetix 5:10 pm 29 Jan 12

2604 said :

Gee, union officials are fantastic people.

Thank God my profession isn’t unionised, at all.

Yes, all lawyers are beyond reproach. Praise the Lord!

Deref 5:09 pm 29 Jan 12

I don’t get it. Was it a state secret that Mr Rabbott was there? What’s the problem? No fault lies with the person who mentioned it – the fault lies wholly with the morons who joined the violent protest.

MERC600 4:24 pm 29 Jan 12

Well everyone is rightly gettin into a big huff n puff over the apparent actions of Kim Sattler , but the fact is the embassy is supported by the ACT Government, the ACT trade unions, and the ACT supreme court (by an earlier court injunction ). And of course backed to the hilt by the Canberra Times, and Jack, and the ABC.

So nuthin more to do than wonder how strong the Sri Lanken cricket team is. And expect more people to get their 15 mins of fame this time next year.

milkman 4:23 pm 29 Jan 12

Jim Jones said :

2604 said :

Gee, union officials are fantastic people.

Thank God my profession isn’t unionised, at all.

No unions at the glory hole, huh?

Not yet…

Jim Jones 3:50 pm 29 Jan 12

2604 said :

Gee, union officials are fantastic people.

Thank God my profession isn’t unionised, at all.

No unions at the glory hole, huh?

m00nee 3:48 pm 29 Jan 12

54-11 said :

m00nee said :

I wonder why no-one mentioned that “Aboriginal woman Barbara Shaw” is also Barbara Shaw, Greens Candidate for Lingiari.

That information was disclosed in an earlier report.

54-11,

Can you point me in the direction of where that was disclosed.

Even now that Kim Sattler has admitted that she was lying all along, they still call Barbara Shaw an “Alice Springs Aboriginal activist”.

2604 3:18 pm 29 Jan 12

Gee, union officials are fantastic people.

Thank God my profession isn’t unionised, at all.

I-filed 2:56 pm 29 Jan 12

We would actually need to hear from Tony Hodges himself (or via an investigation) to know whether his part was “minor”.

54-11 2:37 pm 29 Jan 12

m00nee said :

I wonder why no-one mentioned that “Aboriginal woman Barbara Shaw” is also Barbara Shaw, Greens Candidate for Lingiari.

That information was disclosed in an earlier report.

m00nee 8:17 am 29 Jan 12

I wonder why no-one mentioned that “Aboriginal woman Barbara Shaw” is also Barbara Shaw, Greens Candidate for Lingiari.

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