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May 21, 2012

Its not your dad stupid, its you.

You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was. – Abraham Lincoln.

Image: Bob Katter with what appears to be a gay activist getting revenge. (Click to embiggen.)



Bob Katter’s daughter Caroline Coupland has claimed that people hate her because of her dear old dad after being found guilty of assaulting a preschool teacher, in an incident acknowledged by the magistrate as trivial. She has described Bob’s prominence as a “poisoned chalice.”

This falls down in that while Katter is very prominent in Australian politics to the point where you would have to be from another planet not to know of him, he is not hated nor detested to the point where anyone wants to pick on his kids. Bob might be a bit eccentric, irrational, bellicose, and come across as rather quirky, but is not unpopular. His homophobia is mostly seen as a joke.

The actions resulting in the charge had nothing to do with any perceived infamy of her dad, just her own stupidity in sending one of her children off to preschool with a packet of painkillers and her own actions afterwards:
The child was asked to bring in an item beginning with the letter T, with staff expecting children would turn up with "teddies or trucks". Instead she brought "tablets."

When staff at Sally's Place expressed concern to the mother about a child bringing pharmaceuticals, Ms Katter Coupland allegedly placed the tablets in a pot-plant accessible to children. The Sunday Telegraph has been told Ms Katter Coupland was then sent an email explaining that her actions were unacceptable.

Ms Katter Coupland reacted by sending a series of emotionally charged emails to management of Sally's Place.

Husband Sam Coupland was contacted and encouraged to permanently take his children out of the daycare because the relationship between management and the mother had become "unworkable". The enrolments for the three children were then cancelled. …

It is understood Ms Katter Coupland went to the centre to collect her children's belongings. When teacher Brooke Anderson tried to talk to Ms Katter Coupland she was allegedly "pushed" several times. Ms Katter Coupland then left before police arrived. …
While the act of pushing someone hardly amounts as an assault it is worth remembering that no conviction has been recorded against her. Rather than tossing a wobbly, resigning and leaving town Ms Coupland should grow up and accept responsibility for her own stupidity. Her claim that people like or dislike you because of who your father is means that she probably drops dads name around, in which case she is making her own problem.

If Bob has any fault in all of this, it is probably failing to cut her allowance and smack her bum a bit more when she was younger.

8 comments:

  1. profoundly_disturbedMay 21, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    I'm with you on this one

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  2. Yes, if you had a difficult child at a preschool as Bob suggests, it would make a lot of sense to be as courteous as possible in order to keep faith with that institution.

    Making herself a pain in the arse is just stupid.

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  3. Robert the BikerMay 23, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    Actually, pushing someone IS an assault albeit it may have been trivial in some eyes.
    I wonder how this story would have played out were the positions reversed: Loud Mouthed not-really-famous t**t pushed by teacher/child carer shock horror.

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  4. It is only assault in a technical and legalese context, and a rather piffling matter. Were the 'assaulted' party to fall and get hurt because of the push, then it would a more serious matter.

    It should be the same if it were the other way around, although this woman has received negative publicity over it, but maybe not as much as if it were the other way around.

    It is reasonable to assume that she made the reference to Katter as until this happened she was an unknown. Her only claim to fame seems to be, having been shot into her mother by a prominent member of an Australian political dynasty.

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  5. I gather one of her children is disabled, and didn't fit the Mosman image - looks to me like the school wanted her out and picked a fight over nothing to make it happen

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  6. Gotta love an outlandish generalisation of the facts. Good one Jim.
    Fact is, her name is legally Caroline Coupland (married women would know when you change it for marriage, you actually have to go through deed poll to keep the maiden name) and noone in the media could have cared less about the story until they discovered they could slip in her maiden name into the story.
    Fair to say noone outside of Mossman would really care to read about this if it didn't involve Bob Katter.

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  7. you people have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. profoundly disturbed? i'm profoundly disturbed that i am even reading such petty nonsense. this is an awful real life example of how revolting people are when faced with a sensationalist story, taking the moral high ground when there is nothing moral in using other peoples' personal pain as cheap gossip. I'm sickened reading the repellent comment from the utterly charmless Jim Fryar, "Her only claim to fame seems to be, having been shot into her mother by a prominent member of an Australian political dynasty". now, knowing the absolutely beautiful, inside and out, caroline, she would never make any claim to fame. she is a warm, unaffected, loving mother and wife and you, jim, are a boor who should be ashamed of yourself. making crass comments about something of which you clearly know very little is nothing but an embarrassingly vacuous, arrogant attack on a woman merely because she's bob's daughter and lives in mosman. the dreadful, publicity-thirsty daughter of a man who lives with her family in a nice, safe suburb that members of her extended family lived in. for shame, caroline!!!

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  8. you people have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. profoundly disturbed? i'm profoundly disturbed that i am even reading such petty nonsense. this is an awful real life example of how revolting people are when faced with a sensationalist story, taking the moral high ground when there is nothing moral in using other peoples' personal pain as cheap gossip. I'm sickened reading the repellent comment from the utterly charmless Jim Fryar, "Her only claim to fame seems to be, having been shot into her mother by a prominent member of an Australian political dynasty". now, knowing the absolutely beautiful, inside and out, caroline, she would never make any claim to fame. she is a warm, unaffected, loving mother and wife and you, jim, are a boor who should be ashamed of yourself. making crass comments about something of which you clearly know very little is nothing but an embarrassingly vacuous, arrogant attack on a woman merely because she's bob's daughter and lives in mosman. the dreadful, publicity-thirsty daughter of a man who lives with her family in a nice, safe suburb that members of her extended family lived in. for shame, caroline!!!

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