This is worth pulling up from the threads. CL reports:
Televised embarrassment for Abbott, reports the SMH:
During one of a raft of breakfast television appearances, on the Ten network’s Wake Up, Mr Abbott was confronted by an elderly woman, named only as Vilma, furious about changes to the age pension, who responded to his explanations on broken promises with: ”I have never heard such rubbish in all my life.”
‘‘Why don’t you leave the pensioners alone? If we pull the belt any tighter we’re going to choke to death,’’ Vilma said. ”Why are you picking on me?
‘‘I challenge you: come out and meet some of the pensioners, they’ll tell you a little thing or two.’’
Appearing distinctly uncomfortable, Mr Abbott told the program’s hosts that he’d been given a piece of her mind.
‘‘Fair enough, that’s your right in a democracy, to be able to tell the prime minister exactly what you think of him,’’ he said.
He then suggested to Vilma that it was obvious that she had not voted for the Coalition, to which the indignant Vilma replied ”Excuse me, it’s got nothing to do with who I vote for and who I don’t vote for”.
”Why are you picking on pensioners?” she asked the Prime Minister.
Vilma. That’s an unusual name. So I got to Googling and guess what?
She was a Labor plant.
Courier Mail, 7 September, 2011:
WHAT makes Kevin Rudd so popular with Queenslanders? The South-East Advertiser found out what’s so special about Kev.
Local community groups say our Federal member for Griffith Kevin Rudd is “one in a million”.
As the Minister for Foreign Affairs recovers from heart surgery, the people in his electorate have reflected on his popularity.
“He is just the best … he’s one in a million,” Bulimba Senior Citizens head Vilma Ward said.
“He hasn’t changed a bit from when he was first campaigning all those years ago to try and get into the seat of Griffith to now…”
“I can’t say this about a lot of politicians, but Kevin is a genuine trustworthy person,” Vilma said.
But wait there is more. CL also managed to track Vilma down on Kevin Rudd’s twitter account.
Update: More from Vilma.