Labor own goal

January 28th, 2012 at 10:46 am by David Farrar

The SMH reports:

An Australian Prime Ministerial staffer has been linked to yesterday’s ugly protest incident in Canberra, forcing his resignation and acutely embarrassing PM .

In an early evening statement, the Prime Minister dismissed as ‘false’ claims that one of her staff had spoken to people at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy prior to yesterday’s angry protest that temporarily trapped her and Opposition Leader .

But Ms Gillard acknowledges that a member of her media unit ‘did call another individual yesterday and disclose the presence of the Opposition Leader at the Lobby restaurant. This information was subsequently passed on to a member of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy.’ …

He is Tony Hodges, one of four press secretaries working in Julia Gillard’s media unit.

The link is deeply embarrassing for the Prime Minister and leaves her shouldering some of the blame for an incident where many had pinned responsibility on Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott.

This is typical tactics.  The press secretary would have leaked the info, hoping it would lead to anti-Abbott protests.

Instead it led to his own boss having to be dragged out by Police. And now they can’t blame anyone else for it.

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31 Responses to “Labor own goal”

  1. Manolo (13,399 comments) says:

    Comrade Gillard is living on borrowed time, anyway. She will be toast, turfed out, at the next election.

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  2. burt (7,841 comments) says:

    I’m starting to think that leftism is actually a severe psychological disorder.

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  3. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    Her own office was alsio the source of the false claimed quote of Abbotts that he wanted to “tear down” the tent embassy.

    And meanwhile Kevin will be back on Monday to point out that this never happened on his watch. Interesting times for team Gillard,

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  4. mara (726 comments) says:

    Gillard is not capable of being embarrassed. Pissed off yes but not embarrassed.If she were capable of it she would not have told so many public lies during her term. As for that narcissist Rudd ……

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  5. XChequer (350 comments) says:

    LMFAO!!!!!!!!

    Trevor Mallard is now running Julia Gillards communications team!!!

    Remember, you heard it here first!

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  6. mister nui (975 comments) says:

    I’m starting to think that leftism is actually a severe psychological disorder.

    It most definitely is. This morning I saw a Subaru wagon driving around the streets of Auckland with a number plate “Lefty”, also plastered on the back window was a sticker proclaiming “Stop Deep Sea Drilling”. I wonder what fuel this car is powered by? I hope it’s carrot juice or something similar, otherwise the idiot driver is nothing but a hypocrite.

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  7. tom hunter (4,436 comments) says:

    I laughed at Tim Blair’s piece on this, Sorry Day, where he quoted a newspaper report …

    Sydney radio presenter Ray Hadley today said he’d received information that Ms Shaw or another protester had received a call from a Gillard staffer about comments Mr Abbott made earlier in the day about the tent embassy.

    “Once she was told that, she was also told Mr Abbott was across the road, ‘maybe you can give them a bit of a liven up’,” the 2GB presenter told his audience today.

    … and then goes on to say of the report:

    One reason to doubt this: Gillard’s office must be aware that an anti-Abbott protest led by tent embassy activists would actually work to Abbott’s advantage.

    Followed by his update to the post a few hours later when the awful truth is confirmed:

    UPDATE. They’re stupider than I thought.

    Yes, Tim. Yes, they are.

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  8. reid (15,981 comments) says:

    I’m starting to think that leftism is actually a severe psychological disorder.

    You’re only starting burt?

    Crikey.

    This is typical Australian Labor tactics.

    You think NZ Liarbore wouldn’t do the same thing?

    If people are interested BTW, google up some background on Gillard. She’s another Hulun. Lives with a beard (a hairdresser), similar background in feminist university politics, lots of other things. Look at her policies as well, same anti-family social destruction writ large. Same broad agenda. What a coincidence. Nothing going on though, is there. No, it’s just a bunch of stuff all driven by public opinion spontaneously welling up from the grass roots and the politicians are simply responding to it. That’s right, isn’t it.

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  9. tvb (4,210 comments) says:

    the pictures of Miss Gillard being dragged out and losing a she is something no PM should have pictures of. Tony AbbotT simply walked out. Prime Ministers are not dragged out of anything. But then to have it all backfire will probably make her leadership terminal.

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  10. Paulus (2,503 comments) says:

    Another sad endictment of Left Wing politics – what kind of brain do they have ? – a pity on them.

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  11. Viking2 (11,147 comments) says:

    Paulus (614) Says:
    January 28th, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Another sad endictment of Left Wing politics – what kind of brain do they have ? –

    You need to ask?

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  12. PaulL (5,875 comments) says:

    No big fan of Julia Gillard. But I’m pretty sure her rumoured history would suggest that Tim isn’t a beard. Story has it she’s been through a number of the men in the Labour party – chewed them up so the story goes.

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  13. Johnboy (15,011 comments) says:

    From the photo I saw the cop had it easy. He had a really big nose to tuck under his arm when he did the runner! :)

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  14. 3-coil (1,201 comments) says:

    oooops, poor Julia – now that’s an “inconvenient truth”!!

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  15. Johnboy (15,011 comments) says:

    I always thought Toucans were native to South America. Never Wales or Australia.

    http://www.google.co.nz/search?q=toucans&hl=en&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=1kIjT4X1OLCziQeLy7XaBA&sqi=2&ved=0CEYQsAQ&biw=1064&bih=828

    :)

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  16. Sublime (41 comments) says:

    XChequer – plus one!

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  17. DJP6-25 (1,274 comments) says:

    Just desserts for the left in Australia. One should never doubt their duplicity. If they’re a leftist, and their mouth is open, assume they’re lying.

    cheers

    David Prosser

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  18. Viking2 (11,147 comments) says:

    DJP6-25
    My property manager reckons that about Maori tennants. Reckons if they are breathing they are lying. Tend to agree too. :evil:

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  19. reid (15,981 comments) says:

    I don’t follow Aussie politics so I don’t know but I wonder if this isn’t the end of Gillard. And if so could it have been setup by an enemy? Like I said, I don’t follow it but it seems so ridiculous.

    I mean, those photos of her clinging to that guard are just idiotic. That reaction by security just seems a completely OTT reaction to a minor issue: demonstrators – big deal. As proven by Abbott calmly walking out. Either that protection officer was drunk or he was insane.

    And then we have a leak by someone of that tipoff. Who leaked that?

    I don’t care, from the little I follow Aus politics it seems Gillard is bad news on all fronts so good job there, but just throwing that out in case someone is more informed about her potential enemies and their objectives.

    It would be extremely serious to compromise diplomatic protection BTW, that never happens. These guys accompany PM’s to their affairs and they never talk about it, that’s what they do and to compromise that with a political stunt would, you would normally say, be completely unthinkable. And you’d be right, it is.

    Yet, that security reaction to that threat and the way it was conducted with bodily carrying her the same way you’d do if there’d just been an attempted hit yet at the same time the Leader of the Opposition calmly walks out unaided – how does one explain that. Especially in conjunction with that leak. If the protection squad had intelligence there was a weapon in the demonstrators then (a) they didn’t have to leave the building and (b) Abbot would not have been allowed to leave as he did.

    It’s weird, is all I’m saying.

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  20. PaulL (5,875 comments) says:

    The photos are probably not fair to her. They rushed her out, she tripped on the way out, the DPS guy caught her. The photo was selected from all those available and then captioned as “terrified Gillard”. She’s just looking pretty much like anyone else who’s in the middle of falling over, and her DPS guy looks about like someone who’s catching the prime minister as she trips.

    I don’t think anyone really set it up, I’m not even sure that the guy on Gillard’s staff who is copping the blame did all that much. Sounds like a cluster fuck to me.
    1. Abbot said something entirely reasonable, but that was amenable to being misquoted.
    2. Someone in Gillard’s office decided to stir up some trouble, and misquoted him to the right people.
    3. Nothing happened (despite presumably most people in the country knowing exactly where Gillard and Abbott would be right at that moment – I think it’s pretty standard for the PM and leader of the opposition to turn up at the Australia Day award giving),
    4. Someone in Gillard’s office mentioned to a nearby unionist “how thick are those protestors – here’s Abbott making inflammatory remarks, he’s not 200m away from them, and they can’t be bothered getting off their arses”.
    5. Said unionist took things into her own hands, and went and found some protestors
    6. Protestors then duly protested
    7. DPS folks got bored of it after 30 minutes and decided to push the PM out past the protestors,
    8. She tripped
    9. They over reacted to cover up the fact that they should have stayed put in the first place

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  21. reid (15,981 comments) says:

    But I saw photos of her being dragged down the steps chez shoe then later others which were 25? metres from the stairs on the path still being held up and dragged along by the security guy so no, it wasn’t just a trip and catch, no way. Unless it was two trips and catches and she staged it all…

    You think she’d do that? Yeah that’s right Madam PM. We want you to look helpless and absolutely ridiculous in front of the nation but we didn’t quite get the right look on the steps so could we do it again in another setting and then pick the best of both?

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  22. Johnboy (15,011 comments) says:

    Whatever they tried to stage could never make her arse or her nose look smaller! :)

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  23. reid (15,981 comments) says:

    Whatever they tried to stage could never make her arse or her nose look smaller!

    I agree Johnboy not even with those light cloaking lab advances DARPA announced recently. I’ve always suspected they were further ahead than they let on however. For example, what actual human being could possibli really truly look like Hulun. It’s just not possible, is it. Therefore, some sort of cloaking device must have been used, IMO. Not to make her look good, to look bad. Remember, Bush was in the WH then…

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  24. Ed Snack (1,739 comments) says:

    David, it is quite a lot worse than you are saying. Gillard’s staffer deliberately misrepresented what Abbott said in order to get a rise out of the stupid but vicious, violent, and racist demonstrators. It was a deliberate provocation.

    Once more, the prime motivation and demonstrated feeling from the left is revealed to be hatred.

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  25. Luc Hansen (4,573 comments) says:

    This is typical Australian Labor tactics. The press secretary would have leaked the info, hoping it would lead to anti-Abbott protests.

    This must rank as one of the most risible statements by any so-called political commentator anywhere. It’s certainly at least on the same level as Bill O’Reilly, who never fails to deliver risibility.

    Factually, it’s entirely correct, but the implication that any other political party anywhere would not do the same thing – hopefully, with more skill (they should employ the master, Richard Griffith) – simply defies reality in favor of political tribalism.

    Some people just need to grow up.

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  26. Ed Snack (1,739 comments) says:

    Actually I should correct the above, it appears that the staffer may not have misrepresented it, but the Unionist that they told did so, and seems to have gone around inciting people. They also have apparently posted on their facebook page that it was Abbott’s fault and that he was a “coward” for running off and leaving.

    I’m quite sure we won’t see these actual facts being printed in an NZ paper any time soon, they’ll probably carry on with the “It’s all Abbott’s fault” meme, followed up by a Tom Scott cartoon illustrating the fact. I suppose it doesn’t fit “the narrative” that all the papers seem to be following, complete with glib little articles on how unequal we are and how disgusting that is.

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  27. Luc Hansen (4,573 comments) says:

    Ed, according to reports, there was no misrepresentation – the opinion of the Liberal Party and Abbot in particular held by the Aboriginal community is so low that no misrepresentation was needed! They just immediately took on board the worst interpretation. Quite naturally.

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  28. reid (15,981 comments) says:

    You guys Ed and Luc are missing the point which is who leaked that staffer’s tip and why.

    That’s the guts of this.

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  29. pw (19 comments) says:

    laurie oakes–australia,s leading political commentator doesn,t agree with your sentiments–luc
    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion/prime-minister-treated-like-a-rag-doll/story-fn56baaq-1226255778540

    [Abbott has copped flak for allegedly firing up the tent embassy mob with provocative comments earlier in the day. It is a bum rap.

    Abbott simply spoke of progress - including Kevin Rudd’s historic apology - since the tent embassy was first established, and suggested it is probably time to move on. It takes a twisted mind to interpret the remark as a threat to tear the so-called embassy down.]
    maybe he was thinking of you

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  30. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    How refreshing, luc is here to defend the left and talk shit. Excitingly new approach.

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  31. kiwi in america (2,438 comments) says:

    Murray – haha and spot on!

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