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Union head denies being go-betweem

UNIONS ACT secretary Kim Sattler has denied allegations she was the go-between to the Prime Minister's office who tipped off the Aboriginal Tent Embassy ahead of ugly protests on Australia Day.

Ms Sattler was named by Tent Embassy co-founder Michael Anderson and spokeswoman Barbara Shaw at a press conference this afternoon as the person who passed on Opposition leader Tony Abbott's comments and whereabouts.

"There was a lady running around here. I was doing a 3CR interview. I didn't know who Kim Sattler is. I did not recognize her, I was later told who she was. She said 'the Prime Minister's office would like to talk to you','' Mr Anderson said.

Mr Anderson said he had told Ms Sattler that he was doing an interview and would speak to them later.

When contacted by the Sunday Canberra Times this morning, Ms Sattler said she had been at the tent embassy but she was not the go between.

"I heard it from the crowd,'' she said.