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Desperation tactic? “Victim Katie” claims harrassment

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.


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DrKoresh 12:53 pm 16 Oct 12

Masquara said :

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.

I bolded the part I’m talking about, but seriously, you’re blaming the Labor government for people being labelled trolls on the internet. Get real, get a life. In fact, I think I can hear some big obstructive trees crying in fear of council labourers, if you hurry might be able to save them.

NoImRight 11:57 am 16 Oct 12

devils_advocate said :

CanberraBred said :

We all work in the public service, for God’s sake, we do actually understand that tax reform is more complicated than that.

God, it’s true – public servants really do think they are the only inhabitants of planet Canberra.

Explains a lot.

Not the only inhabitants. Just the only ones that count 😉

devils_advocate 11:38 am 16 Oct 12

CanberraBred said :

We all work in the public service, for God’s sake, we do actually understand that tax reform is more complicated than that.

God, it’s true – public servants really do think they are the only inhabitants of planet Canberra.

Explains a lot.

Girt_Hindrance 11:03 am 16 Oct 12

NoImRight said :

If its any comfort your “trailer issue” made sense to most people.

The strident defense of trailergate by someone with “no interest” was more interesting as a PR stunt than the trailer itself.

Very much appreciated.
I mentioned the trailer purely to assist in description of the White Falcon wagon towing it, hilarious that it continued as ‘Trailer?’ Trailer. Trailer. Trailer! Trailer! Trailer!

Thanks again for your response.

NoImRight 9:42 am 16 Oct 12

If its any comfort your “trailer issue” made sense to most people.

The strident defense of trailergate by someone with “no interest” was more interesting as a PR stunt than the trailer itself.

Girt_Hindrance 7:50 am 16 Oct 12

54-11 said :

Girt_Hindrance said :

Masquara said :

Girt_Hindrance said :

You know, when a person appears here and declares their love for Jeremy Hansen, bags out the Greens and Labor (to date), pounces on anyone who voices otherwise, intercepts questions directed at the Libs with insults and accusations of ‘cooking up issues’, authors and submits anti-other party pieces and then claims no vested interests, you either think the majority of us are morons, or you’re lacking in intelligence yourself. Which is it?

How can one “intercept” a question on a forum like this? Oh – you’re referring to your very own bit of cuisine regarding Zed’s trailer rego, and not liking a forensic line of insight into a nonsense. That isn’t “intercepting” – that’s “answering” …

Incredible- you still can’t see it. Read again what I submitted about his ‘trailer’, or was that what you turned it into? I think you’ve just answered my question.
I hope you bless the APS’s EEO policy everyday.

Stop feeding the troll, Girt. It is loving it.

That’s damn good advice. I’ve fallen into the trap of arguing with an idiot.
Cheers, I shall certainly refrain from now on.

Darkfalz 5:10 am 16 Oct 12

Sounds like something out of the Gillard playbook, but who knows.

54-11 12:53 am 16 Oct 12

Girt_Hindrance said :

Masquara said :

Girt_Hindrance said :

You know, when a person appears here and declares their love for Jeremy Hansen, bags out the Greens and Labor (to date), pounces on anyone who voices otherwise, intercepts questions directed at the Libs with insults and accusations of ‘cooking up issues’, authors and submits anti-other party pieces and then claims no vested interests, you either think the majority of us are morons, or you’re lacking in intelligence yourself. Which is it?

How can one “intercept” a question on a forum like this? Oh – you’re referring to your very own bit of cuisine regarding Zed’s trailer rego, and not liking a forensic line of insight into a nonsense. That isn’t “intercepting” – that’s “answering” …

Incredible- you still can’t see it. Read again what I submitted about his ‘trailer’, or was that what you turned it into? I think you’ve just answered my question.
I hope you bless the APS’s EEO policy everyday.

Stop feeding the troll, Girt. It is loving it.

Girt_Hindrance 11:05 pm 15 Oct 12

And although I appreciate a double post doesn’t appear to bode well for an articulate argument, I had a damn good laugh at your ‘forensic line of insight…’

Girt_Hindrance 10:09 pm 15 Oct 12

Masquara said :

Girt_Hindrance said :

You know, when a person appears here and declares their love for Jeremy Hansen, bags out the Greens and Labor (to date), pounces on anyone who voices otherwise, intercepts questions directed at the Libs with insults and accusations of ‘cooking up issues’, authors and submits anti-other party pieces and then claims no vested interests, you either think the majority of us are morons, or you’re lacking in intelligence yourself. Which is it?

How can one “intercept” a question on a forum like this? Oh – you’re referring to your very own bit of cuisine regarding Zed’s trailer rego, and not liking a forensic line of insight into a nonsense. That isn’t “intercepting” – that’s “answering” …

Incredible- you still can’t see it. Read again what I submitted about his ‘trailer’, or was that what you turned it into? I think you’ve just answered my question.
I hope you bless the APS’s EEO policy everyday.

Girt_Hindrance 10:03 pm 15 Oct 12

Masquara said :

Girt_Hindrance said :

You know, when a person appears here and declares their love for Jeremy Hansen, bags out the Greens and Labor (to date), pounces on anyone who voices otherwise, intercepts questions directed at the Libs with insults and accusations of ‘cooking up issues’, authors and submits anti-other party pieces and then claims no vested interests, you either think the majority of us are morons, or you’re lacking in intelligence yourself. Which is it?

How can one “intercept” a question on a forum like this? Oh – you’re referring to your very own bit of cuisine regarding Zed’s trailer rego, and not liking a forensic line of insight into a nonsense. That isn’t “intercepting” – that’s “answering” …

Amazing, you still can’t see it. Read again what I posted about his ‘trailer’. I think you’ve answered my question.

Masquara 9:51 pm 15 Oct 12

Girt_Hindrance said :

You know, when a person appears here and declares their love for Jeremy Hansen, bags out the Greens and Labor (to date), pounces on anyone who voices otherwise, intercepts questions directed at the Libs with insults and accusations of ‘cooking up issues’, authors and submits anti-other party pieces and then claims no vested interests, you either think the majority of us are morons, or you’re lacking in intelligence yourself. Which is it?

How can one “intercept” a question on a forum like this? Oh – you’re referring to your very own bit of cuisine regarding Zed’s trailer rego, and not liking a forensic line of insight into a nonsense. That isn’t “intercepting” – that’s “answering” …

Girt_Hindrance 8:56 pm 15 Oct 12

Masquara said :

schmeah said :

The beautiful thing about the internet is that behind your user name, you could actually be anyone .. so “disaffected ALP voter” is probably code for “Vickie Dunne’s minion”

Conjecture all wrong. No affiliation with either party; no admin or other role with either party; former Labor voter, not former Labor apparatchik. Not related to any candidate or MLA.

You know, when a person appears here and declares their love for Jeremy Hansen, bags out the Greens and Labor (to date), pounces on anyone who voices otherwise, intercepts questions directed at the Libs with insults and accusations of ‘cooking up issues’, authors and submits anti-other party pieces and then claims no vested interests, you either think the majority of us are morons, or you’re lacking in intelligence yourself. Which is it?

Masquara 8:39 pm 15 Oct 12

c_c said :

Wonder what caretaker conventions would say about Katy Gallagher borrowing the ACT Policing Bearcat for the final week of the campaign?

Not to mention using ABC television and Tim Ferguson for a bit of Barbara Cartland-esque PR the other week.

Masquara 8:37 pm 15 Oct 12

schmeah said :

The beautiful thing about the internet is that behind your user name, you could actually be anyone .. so “disaffected ALP voter” is probably code for “Vickie Dunne’s minion”

Conjecture all wrong. No affiliation with either party; no admin or other role with either party; former Labor voter, not former Labor apparatchik. Not related to any candidate or MLA.

pepmeup 8:01 pm 15 Oct 12

It’s fair to say there are creeps on sides of politics, the wife of a Liberal candidate was driving a car with his face all over it. In a public car park she was rammed by another car. This is a true story and is under investigation by police. The same driver has kicked cars and yelled obscenities at liberal candidates. This stuff happens its not because lib supporters are creeps or all alp supporters are creeps. Just some people are creeps. I hope no one gets hurt or intimidated, it’s only politics people

Tooks 7:45 pm 15 Oct 12

Pork Hunt said :

Mr Gillespie said :

The nerve, I mean did you see the way she said “I’m not going to be put under that sort of pressure” and look at the way she said she stopped the car and got out of the car “I stared them down” with the rising pitch of her voice when she said “down” like a snivelling little spoilt brat going “mummy, mummy, those big bad liberal men are following me and wont leave me alone oh mummy, mummy”

“I made it clear I wouldn’t put up with that behaviour” reminds me of when Belinda Neal said “Do you know who I am?” at that bar

Imagine Katy saying, “Do you know who I am?” She is the Chief Minister, a big strong powerful woman in a position of authority, and you are just another member of the ACT population who has to put up with her bigoted whiney snivelling crap.

What ? In what way is K G a big strong powerful woman?

Compared to Mr G. It’s all relative you see.

Mr Evil 7:19 pm 15 Oct 12

I think it would be rather apt if no one accepts responsibility for this so called “harrassment” – considering that Katy has never been one to accept responsibility for any of the eff-ups she’s made in all the portfolios she’s held over the years.

Pork Hunt 7:14 pm 15 Oct 12

Mr Gillespie said :

The nerve, I mean did you see the way she said “I’m not going to be put under that sort of pressure” and look at the way she said she stopped the car and got out of the car “I stared them down” with the rising pitch of her voice when she said “down” like a snivelling little spoilt brat going “mummy, mummy, those big bad liberal men are following me and wont leave me alone oh mummy, mummy”

“I made it clear I wouldn’t put up with that behaviour” reminds me of when Belinda Neal said “Do you know who I am?” at that bar

Imagine Katy saying, “Do you know who I am?” She is the Chief Minister, a big strong powerful woman in a position of authority, and you are just another member of the ACT population who has to put up with her bigoted whiney snivelling crap.

What ? In what way is K G a big strong powerful woman?

Mr Gillespie 6:50 pm 15 Oct 12

The nerve, I mean did you see the way she said “I’m not going to be put under that sort of pressure” and look at the way she said she stopped the car and got out of the car “I stared them down” with the rising pitch of her voice when she said “down” like a snivelling little spoilt brat going “mummy, mummy, those big bad liberal men are following me and wont leave me alone oh mummy, mummy”

“I made it clear I wouldn’t put up with that behaviour” reminds me of when Belinda Neal said “Do you know who I am?” at that bar

Imagine Katy saying, “Do you know who I am?” She is the Chief Minister, a big strong powerful woman in a position of authority, and you are just another member of the ACT population who has to put up with her bigoted whiney snivelling crap.

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