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 Julia Gillard.
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 Tony Abbott.
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 Australian Labor 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.Tags: Australian Labor, Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott