Man charged with head-butting ex-Australian PM

Gladys Abbott
September 23, 2017

Campaigners for same-sex marriage coming to Australia have roundly condemned a physical attack against former Prime Minister Tony Abbott. "There was a chap wearing a 'vote yes" badge", Abbott told Radio 3AW.

The man from North Hobart was charged with one count of Common Assault, following an an investigation by police into a complaint made by the former PM. "He was described as having short, spiky, "sandy" or "strawberry-coloured" hair, a medium build and being about 5'9" to 5'11" tall.

"There is never a place for violence or abuse".

"Tasmania is a safe place to live and Tasmania Police take all incidents of this nature seriously".

Tony Abbott was not headbutted for opposing same-sex marriage despite his claims to the contrary.

"A fellow sung out to me, "Hey, Tony", Mr Abbott told the radio station.

The Equality Campaign also swiftly condemned the attack.

"It was very disconcerting to find. someone who under the guise of wanting to shake your hand gives you a so-called Liverpool kiss".

"Normally a handshake is a sign of trust and peace, it is a sign of two people wanting to deal openly and courteously with each other, but this handshake turned into a headbutt".

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'Our campaign has always and will continue to call for respect and everyone involved in this debate to act in a respectful and dignified way'.

Despite what literally every conservative commentator and rag under the sun immediately foamed at the mouth over and ran with, it would appear that the incident in which Tony Abbott was allegedly headbutted in Hobart was not, in any way at all, motivated by the on-going same sex marriage debate.

He added: "It was just a reminder of how ugly this debate is getting".

Abbott's sister and daughter have both prominently come out in favor of same-sex marriage, with the latter writing on Instagram last week "yes please" and "it's time".

Mr Abbott was in Tasmania to attend a Young Liberal cocktail party this evening when the alleged incident occurred, the ABC understands.

Abbott told Sky News the man who allegedly attacked him told him "you deserve it because of what you have been saying".

Australia began a non-compulsory postal vote this month to determine whether it becomes the 25th country to legalize same-sex marriage.

Speaking on the Sunshine Coast today, Mr Turnbull said he had been in touch with Mr Abbott and the Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin.

Labe said he supports marriage equality but his actions had nothing to with the YES campaign. "This is about treating people fairly and with respect & dignity", said Alex Greenwich MP, co chair of the "Yes" campaign.

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