“There was a lady running around here when I was doing a radio interview and she said the prime minister’s office wants to talk to you and I thought she was joking and said I’ll talk later,” he told reporters.So maybe the reporter caught it on tape or over the phone, and perhaps can confirm that Sattler was no mere freelance gabble-guts but a direct emissary from the PM's office. That would just about do her in. It is impossible to clear this point with Sattler because she has made herself scarce.
At the very least it would be interesting to know the reporter's name and to have this question answered: "Did you hear Sattler present herself as representing Prime Minister Gillard?"
Of course it is too much to hope. A reporter with such information would have come forward by now to claim a scoop. Surely that would be the case. Don't you reckon?
Radio interview - could be on the phone...ReplyDelete
Still, there's something to follow up. I'm sure the Love Media will be all over it...
"A reporter with such information would have come forward by now to claim a scoop."ReplyDelete
Prof, there are no reporters in Canberra, only writers (pronpounced: raitas, with a Brighton accent). Fairfax novices dream of their first novel, not having to find out stuff on behalf of the public. How boring! How passé! Besides, the first Fairfax/ABC type to break that story would be ostracised by the gallery, which jealously guards its groupthink.
I am also confused about the fact that Hodges tried to contact an ACT minister and was referred to the head of Unions ACT? Presumably, Hodges wanted the ACT government to get involved, but then how this Sattler woman gets involved is where I get lost...ReplyDelete
Skuter: Ms Gillard was at pains to say that the ACT minister "is himself an indigenous person". Tenuous link, but it seems that's all that's required. Who referred Hodges to Sattler (or even the ACT minister for that metter) and why, wasn't explained.ReplyDelete
I only caught the briefest glimpse, but I'm sure (I think) that Channel 9 news tonight flashed up a photo of Ms Gillard with Kim Sattler as the newsreader talked about the ID of Sattler as the "missing link". In her press conference this afternoon Ms Gillard was asked if she knows Sattler and answered that she does not. She quickly added that they might have been at the same gathering/meeting/conference at some time (covering all the bases?) but repeated emphatically that she does not know her. This denial was not mentioned in the news story. If I saw what I think I saw, why put up the photo and where did it come from? Wish I had TIVO.
0000 Sunday: "How I'll slay Abbott: PM". The SMH advocacy service resumes normal transmission, a la Green Left Weekly.ReplyDelete
It's not difficult to understand if you realise that Gillard is a creature of the Unions, and the ALP are more than just kissing cousins with the ACTU.ReplyDelete
Here's the 2009 national platform for the ALP. It's a pdf, but most enlightening reading.
Yep, Skuter, something just doesn't add up, and Gillard's explanation last night was nothing more than an attempted whitewash.ReplyDelete
What I reckon Prof is that Malcolm Tucker has locked down Gingerella and her staff for 8 hours and berated them until they got the story line stuck in their heads. Some were told they had resigned and were to piss off and not be seen for a long time. Any journo who might have learned of an inconvenient fact was silenced with threats about their personal safety ('Look, we can sic the Embassy thugs your way if that's how you want it'), and the likely course of their career. But, there is always a SNAFU, and here it is in the very large, ugly and boiler-suited shape of Kim Sattler, the ACT union heavy. From my house in Yarralumla I can hear Malcolm over at the Lodge shouting obscenities at the PM.ReplyDelete
”I am used as a go-between with the tent embassy. That’s the role I play. They know that. That’s why they rang me.”ReplyDelete
All reporters from the Canberra Press Gallery are in Labor's pocket and won't do or say anything to upset that.ReplyDelete
We can always hope for a Canberra journo with courage - but let's get real - the love media's initial performance tells it all. One of the team took the hit. End of story.ReplyDelete
Has anyone called this Embassygate yet?ReplyDelete
Over at Tim Blair's joint, it's being called "Lobbygate"Delete
Well, it looks like Tucker did a bit of shouting at Sattler too. This morning's breakfast was throughly spoilt by a report (accompanied by two tendentious editorial comments) on ABC-24 that Sattler had issued a statement that 'clarified' (of course it contradicted) what she had earlier told the Sydney Telegraph. The youngsters at the ABC spun that as far as they could into a comment that all this fuss was just based on misunderstandings and misinterpretations. "Nothing to see here folks, let's just move on".ReplyDelete
What does need moving on is the legion of ALP spinners who work at the ABC.
Easy, Skuter. This very junior player saw an opportunity to big-note himself. However he is such a idiot, he couldn't even get that right. I wonder who his next boss will be? Could be the government; Centrelink!ReplyDelete
I also note the speed at which the press made much of Gillards professed concern for Tony's well being...I immediately thought " she knew this was coming, and this concern is a defence tactic" Was this prescience?
Initially activist Shaw claimed she got info about Abbott from a non-indigenous woman.ReplyDelete
Now the SMH is claiming the acknowledged informant, Kim Sattler, is a Murri woman from Queensland.
Where is Hizzoner Mordy when we need him?!
Don't know about Kim Sattler's Murri ancestry, but BoltA has a happysnap of 'Kath' and Kim together at some beano in 2007, and the two of them look like they share some common DNA from the proto-Earlobe branch of human development:ReplyDelete
And what is with Julia's nose in that piccie - she looks like she's been hooking into the 'Cardonnay' ( sic/sick ) ?!
Dare we ask if the 'Stralia Day Abbott Ambush was the ultimate "Look at Moi !" ??
Any phrenologist worth their salt can tell you what earlobes like that on a woman usually indicates.Delete
Getting stuck into our dear leader’s ears now? That’s a lobe-low.Delete
Appending 'gate' to the end of a word to denote a scandal is really silly. The place was Watergate. We can do better.
Tent Embarrassy Debacle
I'm sure that we can coin a name to match the scandal.
Embarrassy - I like it.Delete
How about Junior Lickspittle Takes Fall While Unionist Recants Original Story To Protect Hapless Unelected Leader Fiasco?
"Australia day Showdown at the Koori Korral"Delete
(I can spell!)