Newly elected Liberal for Hillarys Peter Katsambanis made an odd-ball 3am phone call to arch-rival Rob Johnson telling him to “enjoy the rest of his life”.
Ensure you have the sound turned on to hear the phone message.
Mr Johnson, a former Liberal turned independent, fought a bitter battle against Mr Katsambanis for the seat, with claims on both sides of dirty tricks and threats.
Mr Katsambanis is heard to leave a gloating voice message on Mr Johnson’s phone at 2.49am Sunday morning – many hours after declaring victory in his seat.
“Hi Rob, this is Peter Katsambanis. Have a great day. Enjoy the rest of your life.
Mr Johnson claimed Mr Katsambanis had clearly been drinking before making the call.
“This phone message and his comments to the media last night and this morning were deplorable and is representative of the dirty, vindictive and dishonest campaign he ran against me in the past few weeks,” Mr Johnson said.
But Mr Katsambanis admitted making the early morning phone call, but denied he had been drinking.
“I haven’t had a drink yet,” he said.
“I would like to have one … I wish I could stop to have a drink.”
Mr Katsambanis said he and his family had been the subject of repeated personal attacks by Mr Johnson.