|Federal Election - Lindsay (Werrington Penrith etc ) aka "Kelly Country"
||[Nov. 11th, 2007|12:05 pm]
Lucy the sheep arrested, charged with assault...
November 10, 2007 03:56pm
Lucy, otherwise known as animal rights campaigner Jodi Ruckley, has been a regular on federal election campaigns since 2004, once earning a hug from the Prime Minister. Today she was arrested by two Australian Federal Police officers as she tried to enter a sports centre in Penrith, western Sydney. They manhandled her outside, using a "compliance technique" which left her with a sore arm, a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) spokeswoman said. Her sheep suit shoes fell off and her costume's head was removed as she was pushed out the door. A journalist who tried to ask if she was okay was threatened with arrest.
Woman bowled over by Pm's visit...
By Maria Hawthorne
November 09, 2007 04:08pm
PRIME Howard was hoping to bowl voters over - but not like this. A woman ended up on the floor of a packed shopping centre in western Sydney during a prime ministerial visit today. Mr Howard, followed by his security detail, several staff and about 40 media, was working the lunchtime crowd in the Westfield Penrith's food court when the woman was knocked over by the scrum. She hit her head and lay motionless for several seconds as one of the prime minister's security staff knelt by her. A surprised-looking Mr Howard looked down at the woman as she lay in front of him, while news crews and photographers gathered around.
It was not certain whether she was knocked out but when she recovered she was obviously distressed, crying and rubbing her head as police helped her to her feet and into a nearby department store to recover. Centre management said the woman was taken to a local doctor, but left when the GP was too busy to see her straight away. It was a chaotic walk through the shopping centre in the marginal Liberal seat of Lindsay with coalition candidate Karen Chijoff. Most people seemed genuinely pleased to see the Prime Minister, asking him to pose for photos and smiling and shaking his hand. But police blocked at least three people from following Mr Howard - one who was questioning him about climate change, a woman who called him a "disgrace", and a local man who pranked the prime minister. The man, identified as Alex, 29, approached Mr Howard with his hand outstretched - then whipped it away at the last second and rubbed his own forehead. Mr Howard did not seem perturbed by the joke but when Alex tried to follow him further, security intervened. He was blocked as he tried to walk behind Mr Howard and local police then told him not to go anywhere near the Prime Minister.
"I'm not a fan," Alex said later.
From the left - Jackie Kelly : John Howard : Karen Chijoff
I normally have an Indian curry at the Westfield Penrith shopping centre on "DEN days"...