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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.

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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 😉

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