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Rogue MP Geoff Shaw brings back The Biff!

October 16, 2013

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  • Liberal Party member Geoff Shaw lashes out at protesters
  • Allegedly bashes elderly taxi drivers
  • Victorian Premier Denis Napthine refuses to ask for Shaw’s resignation

Victorian Premier Denis Napthine says he will not be taking any action against independent Member of Parliament Geoff Shaw who was involved in a violent scuffle with taxi industry protesters on the steps of State Parliament in Melbourne yesterday.

Dr Napthine, who called the incident “ugly and unacceptable”, was speaking after Labor MPs demanded Shaw be expelled from the Liberal Party.

Police are investigating , which left one man injured.

The altercation outside Parliament was filmed by a member of the public and posted online.

In it Shaw is seen walking up the steps of Parliament and being confronted by a man in a green jacket, who then falls to the ground.

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He was back protesting on the steps of Parliament today.

Shaw defended his conduct in a statement, saying he was “heckled, yelled at, spat upon and hit” by protesters as he entered Parliament.

The State Government has indicated the protesters could be guilty of contempt for blocking the Member for Frankston’s way.

Shaw, who resigned from the parliamentary Liberal Party in March but still has a personal membership, holds the balance of power in Victoria.

He is fighting 24 charges of misusing his taxpayer-funded car and fuel card.

Opposition declares scuffle the ‘final straw’, wants Shaw expelled from Liberal Party

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Deputy Opposition Leader James Merlino has told the ABC’s AM program that Shaw should be expelled from the Liberal Party.

“Denis Napthine needs to come out immediately and seek his expulsion. It’s got to be the final straw,” he said.

“A 79-year-old elderly gentleman was assaulted on the steps of Parliament by a person who is already facing 24 serious criminal charges and is the only reason that Denis Napthine is the Premier of this state today.”

One of the protesters, John Zammit, 79, was treated for a cut to his face.

He was back protesting outside the Parliament building today.

Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews says the Premier must take a principled stance.

“This violent, inappropriate behaviour cannot be tolerated from anybody,” he said.

“He must expel [Shaw] from the Liberal Party, otherwise every Victorian will know that Denis Napthine’s far more concerned about his majority than his personal integrity.”

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Premier Denis Napthine described the incident as “ugly” but says he will not be intervening.

Dr Napthine says whether Shaw remains a member of the Liberal Party is a matter for the party’s administration.

“It’s not appropriate for me to comment on the incident yesterday other than to say it was an ugly, unacceptable incident,” he said.

“This matter is now being investigated by police and I don’t want to comment.”

Dr Napthine reiterated that he cannot see any circumstance where Shaw will return as a member of the Parliamentary Liberal Party.

“He has not been a member of the Parliamentary Liberal Party for the entire time that I’ve been Premier,” he said.

“I’ve made it clear I don’t see any circumstance where he would return as a member of the parliamentary Liberal Party.”

Police investigating incident, examining video footage

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay says the investigation into the incident is being taken very seriously.

“It’s very, very early in the investigation,” he said.

“Our people will look at the video footage and speak to any witnesses over the next day or so, and if need be, if we determine it’s necessary, we’ll speak to Mr Shaw in due course.”

Protesters unhappy about the Victorian Government’s taxi reforms were still demonstrating on the steps of Parliament last night.

They say the changes will send them broke by introducing a new flat rate licence fee of $22,000 a year.

Some taxi operators have borrowed large sums of money to pay for taxi licences, which, at their peak, were worth up to $500,000.

Protester Mandy Virk accused Shaw of behaving in a provocative way.

“To walk between the protesters and to push your way through is asking for trouble. I don’t think he should be provoking people,” she said.

“To me, it’s appalling behaviour. I wouldn’t expect that from a six-year-old, let alone someone who’s meant to represent us.”

 

 

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33 Comments leave one →
  1. captain51 permalink
    October 16, 2013 12:55 pm

    NApthine continues to accept thus blokes tainted vote.

  2. TB Queensland permalink
    October 16, 2013 1:00 pm

    I don’t get this? I certainly don’t follow Mexican politics but isn’t this bloke (whatever he has done) being attacked by more than one person?

  3. Neil of Sydney permalink
    October 16, 2013 1:29 pm

    Actually this brings to my attention the lack of violence in Australia ( compared to elsewhere).

    Apparently the Commonwealth came into existence without one dead body and no acts of violence.

    If true that is one of the most amazing things. A Country came into existence without violence.

  4. armchair opinionator permalink
    October 16, 2013 1:32 pm

    The MPs don’t like to be confronted by real people, those who are affected by their fees, taxes and lawmaking. They like their protected little parliamentary house of indulgence and elitism where the riff raff are not allowed entry. How dare he have to face an angry mob of people affected by his policies and stitch-up backroom deals.

    Yep he’s a real ‘people person’ isn’t he? Hitting and kicking old taxi drivers to the ground. Perhaps he could have tried meeting with them and discussing the issue, but that would would require some interpersonal and diplomatic skills. Not very christian behaviour at all.
    but then, neither is the rorting of his taxpayer funded expenses.

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/gods-on-your-side-ask-mp-geoff-shaw/story-fni0ffut-1226695091017

  5. armchair opinionator permalink
    October 16, 2013 1:49 pm

    Apparently the Commonwealth came into existence without one dead body and no acts of violence.
    If true that is one of the most amazing things. A Country came into existence without violence.

    That’s the liberal party whitebread version, the one that pyne wants installed in all schools. No violence because it was ‘terra nullius’, no-one [of any consequence] was hurt while the common wealth was being claimed for whitey.

  6. Neil of Sydney permalink
    October 16, 2013 1:51 pm

    I guess i was talking about whitey.

    If true it is still an amazing story.

  7. egg permalink
    October 16, 2013 2:49 pm

    That’s true Neil and it may have had something to do with our convict background.

  8. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    October 16, 2013 2:52 pm

    Yeah! This former bouncer, convicted of assault (as a bouncer), throws a few punches at some 80yo who is about 4’10.

    Geoff Shaw needs our support and protectiot following this outrageous attack.

  9. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    October 16, 2013 2:53 pm

    ‘protection’

  10. Neil of Sydney permalink
    October 16, 2013 3:37 pm

    Actually Shaw is another MP who has been rorting his expenses. He was using his Commonwealth car for personal use. Sounds like a crime.

    How come Gillard was allowed to pay back when her boyfriend was using her Commonwealth car to sell his shampoo products??

    Sounds like double standards.

  11. TB Queensland permalink
    October 16, 2013 4:56 pm

    Apparently the Commonwealth came into existence without one dead body and no acts of violence.

    If true that is one of the most amazing things. A Country came into existence without violence.

    ==========================

    I guess i was talking about whitey.

    A few convicts and a bunch of folk at the Eureka Stockade might argue the point too …

    ==========================

    Geoff Shaw needs our support and protectiot following this outrageous attack.

    I’m certainly not defending him, you lot know far more than I do … I was just commenting on what I saw …

    ===========================

    Sounds like double standards.

    yep, but who’s, Kneel??? 🙄 🙄

    Slipper probably feels the same way as you do … 🙄

  12. TB Queensland permalink
    October 16, 2013 4:58 pm

    “proctectiot” could be a useful word actually …

    .. a combination of protector and idiot … 🙂

  13. Neil of Sydney permalink
    October 16, 2013 5:04 pm

    “Slipper probably feels the same way as you do …

    From what I have read Slipper falsified his claims.

    http://www.theage.com.au/act-news/peter-slipper-faces-trial-in-december-20130523-2k2f3.html?skin=text-only

    Police say Mr Slipper claimed the journeys as parliamentary entitlements by falsifying information on the cards to disguise the true nature of the outings.

    If true, that is a crime and it beats me what Slipper is going on about.

    On the same topic why is Shaw being charged for using his car for his business when Gillard paid back money when her boyfriend used her Commonwealth vehicle to sell his shampoo products??

  14. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    October 16, 2013 5:08 pm

    “proctectiot” could be a useful word actually …
    .. a combination of protector and idiot …

    True, and I trust that our protectiot rulers will be benign ones.

  15. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    October 16, 2013 5:13 pm

    Hmm, more footage, maybe the old bloke deserved it…

    http://media.theage.com.au/news/national-news/cctv-shows-entire-geoff-shaw-incident-4834884.html

  16. egg permalink
    October 16, 2013 5:28 pm

    ‘True, and I trust that our protectiot rulers will be benign ones.’

    🙂

  17. Splatterbottom permalink
    October 16, 2013 5:46 pm

    “kicking old taxi drivers to the ground”

    Didn’t see that.

    In fact he didn’t do much wrong at all, did he?

  18. TB Queensland permalink
    October 16, 2013 6:05 pm

    LOL! 😆 @ ToM

  19. TB Queensland permalink
    October 16, 2013 6:09 pm

    Interesting footage, ToM … now considering that I only get pissed off with Noddy Newman & The Nitwits … I just commented objectively …

    I would suggest that Shaw wouldn’t be charged with assault BUT HE has a case against four people …

    Amazing what emotions will do to a persons vision/perception … hey?

    As a said earlier, I was just commenting on what I saw …

  20. IPA permalink
    October 16, 2013 6:15 pm

    I, for one, welcome our new Protectiot overlords.

  21. October 16, 2013 7:05 pm

    The old bloke was clearly unhinged, but is that any reason to punch a 70 year old and hit him with your briefcase?

    I think not.

  22. TB Queensland permalink
    October 16, 2013 7:07 pm

    Well, IPA , they are working overtime in The Sunshine State …

    Soon to be renamed the Protectoriat of QueenslandNewmanland ..

    I thought, Brandis, was a Fuckwit™, Bleijie, is an exceptional Fuckwit™ …

  23. TB Queensland permalink
    October 16, 2013 7:08 pm

    sreb, you have obviously not seen the video … 😉

  24. October 16, 2013 7:12 pm

    LOL @ TB, yes I did do! Hence my “unhinged” observation… 😉

  25. October 16, 2013 7:13 pm

    How old’s your grandson again? He might enjoy “Gravity”

    See it in 3D – best 3D effects since Avatar…

  26. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    October 16, 2013 7:16 pm

    Geoff Shaw’s problem is that he didn’t hit the 79 year old cripple harder. Also his kick didn’t connect. Sloppy.

  27. October 16, 2013 7:28 pm

    Just watched that footage for the first time.

    Hmmmm, if that was me, I wouldn’t have appreciated the physical challenges of the protesters either. I think if someone gets in your face that much, shoving them away is understandable. Also, when surrounded by an angry mob, most of us would feel threatened.

    People shouldn’t be angrily putting their hands on others, no matter who those others are.

    I thought Shaw was reasonably restrained, in the face of hostile provocation, up to a point.

  28. October 16, 2013 7:32 pm

    Shaw, the MP, propping up the State government is a look akin to Craig Thomson being so cynically ‘supported’ by the former ALP federal government.

    It’s not hard to understand punters getting very fucked off with him. But you just can’t go putting your hands on others in an aggressive fashion.

  29. TB Queensland permalink
    October 16, 2013 7:37 pm

    sreb, re g/son(s) youngest nine, oldest 22! (Four of ’em)

    The Minister and I usually go G/Class these days … neither fans of 3D … I’ll advise your recommendation tho’ …

    Just shifted to cash …

    Toillette, I think we agree? ToM’s just being silly, I think 😉

  30. Ol' Sancty permalink
    October 17, 2013 1:38 pm

    Shaw is a bit of a cnt. No question. But using your parliamentary vehicle to load equipment for your private business is not quite the same as using members’ funds to buy hookers or fraudulently altering documents. That said, it’s still bad and the Vic Libs referred him for immediate investigation which has led to police charges and also forced the leadership change.

    As well as that, it’s not quite the same as the Thomson thing because Napthine would love an election right now whereas Gillard was desperately avoiding one. Fixed terms make it difficult to call early elections.

    In this instance, Shaw is demonstrably not at fault. And anyone who has stood on a cold corner trying to get a cab only to be refused as the fare wasn’t what the driver wanted is hardly sympathetic to the taxi industry.

  31. Splatterbottom permalink
    October 17, 2013 3:57 pm

    Gillard reiterated her support for Thomson for more than a year after the facts were known, and then reluctantly turned on him when he crossed the imaginary line when she had Slipper in the bag.

  32. egg permalink
    October 17, 2013 5:42 pm

    Talking of Craig, here’s the latest from Michael Smith.

    http://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2013/10/how-williamsons-guilty-plea-will-affect-the-craig-thomson-defence.html

  33. TB Queensland permalink
    October 17, 2013 8:34 pm

    Thank goodness for Noddy Newmans Nitwits!

    http://www.news.com.au/national-news/newman-government-crackdown-on-bikies-sends-gangs-running-for-cover-as-mongols-make-move-into-australia/story-fncynjr2-1226741303064

    Are they really so naïve that they believe they have “won” … FMD … they really need to read some history – suggestion, The Prohibition in the USA 30’s – drive ’em underground … how fkn clever …

    Typical born to RULE tactics …

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    In this instance, Shaw is demonstrably not at fault.

    Yep …

    And anyone who has stood on a cold corner trying to get a cab only to be refused as the fare wasn’t what the driver wanted is hardly sympathetic to the taxi industry.

    🙄 🙄

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