Tony Abbott 'headbutted' by man wearing 'Vote Yes' badge in Hobart

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 21, 2017

He wasn't very good at it, I have to say, but he did make contact.

He said his injuries were minor, and that he had a "very slightly swollen lip".

"I was with a member of my staff, that staff member then briefly grappled with the guy".

"It was just a reminder of how ugly this debate is getting". And the ugliness is not coming from the defenders of marriage as it's always been understood.

The ugliness, the intolerance and indeed, in this instance, the hint of violence, is coming from those who tell us ... we've got to allow same sex marriage. There is no room for any disrespect either physical or verbal in this national debate.

Mr Abbott said he was walking back to his hotel when he was confronted by a man.

Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he was assaulted by a same-sex marriage campaigner.

"It was pretty clear this was politicially motivated violence".

However, he said he would be disappointed if the incident led to round-the-clock protection for prominent politicians.

Mr Abbott is in Tasmania campaigning for the no vote in the same-sex marriage postal survey.

"Putting this matter to a plebiscite without giving the public the detail upon which they're having to vote".

"I'll take my chances (campaigning) and if they want to have a crack and we'll see how that ends up", he said.

Mr Abbott is known for his opposition to the same sex marriage debate - despite the fact his sister Christine Forster is in a same-sex relationship.

Mr Abbott said bullying would intensify if same-sex marriage is legalised in Australia.

"What I underestimated on the streets of Hobart today is just how angry and intolerant some of the same-sex marriage people are".

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