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The prime minister’s office said media adviser Tony Hodges resigned yesterday after disclosing that Opposition Leader Tony Abbott was inside the restaurant.
The prime minister’s office said media adviser Tony Hodges resigned yesterday after disclosing that Opposition Leader Tony Abbott was inside the restaurant. Getty Images

SOURCES at the Aboriginal tent embassy say the mystery intermediary between Julia Gillard's office and the protesting mob on Australia Day was Kim Sattler.

Ms Sattler is a well-connected Labor figure, who has worked with UnionsACT.

Ms Sattler was not immediately available for comment to confirm or deny a role in the protest, but a message on her Facebook page said: "Tony Abbot [sic] is like your typical bar room brawler who starts a fight and then disappears like a coward when it is in full swing- then brags about his role afterwards- we've all met them!"

After about 200 angry protesters surrounded a Canberra restaurant on Thursday, security guards bundled Ms Gillard out of the building. She fell awkwardly as she was being rushed to escape to a nearby car.

The prime minister's office said media adviser Tony Hodges resigned yesterday after disclosing that Opposition Leader Tony Abbott was inside the restaurant.

Read more at Brisbanetimes.com.au
 

Topics:  australia day human rights julia gillard protests tent embassy



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