Independents leader claims she's been bullied and stalked
A SUNSHINE Coast politician has launched legal action against a local Labor Party member, claiming she has been the subject of bullying and stalking.
Dr Patricia Petersen, leader of the Australian Independents, claims the man disrupted a public meeting organised by the party by taking a series of photographs and refusing to leave.
Former Northern Territory chief minister Marshall Perron was the special guest at the meeting, speaking on voluntary euthanasia.
Dr Petersen claimed the man repeatedly took photographs - even after being asked not to - and only left the meeting after being asked numerous times.
She asked other people at the meeting to be witnesses to a formal complaint to police, which she lodged at Noosa on Friday.
"I was happy to have them (ALP members) there at the meeting, but I wasn't prepared to tolerate any bullying or disrespect," Dr Petersen said.
The bullying claim follows allegations last week that Dr Petersen's election signage had been stolen and the party's Facebook page and email accounts had been hacked.
She also claimed that around midnight on the night of the meeting, the lights in her Noosaville apartment were switched on and off repeatedly at the fuse box.
"It takes a lot to make me physically afraid or nervous, but this is taking it to a new level," the karate black belt said.
"Things are escalating at a very alarming rate and I am getting nervous."
The man named by Ms Petersen told the Daily he was a photographer and freelance writer who had attended the event as an observer and possibly to write a story for submission to Noosa News, an APN newspaper.
He admitted he was an ALP member until he quit in the early 1990s, and had rejoined in November 2012.
He said he had put down his camera when asked, and was using his phone to check emails when he was accused of taking photographs.
"At one point I was checking my emails on my phone, and she said, 'stop recording, stop recording'."
He said he left the meeting out of respect for other guests. He laughed off suggestions he may have been involved in the later incident at Ms Petersen's home.