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  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison at a driver reviver announcement, 20 km south of Devonport in Tasmania

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison at a driver reviver announcement, 20 km south of Devonport in Tasmania | Photo: Reuters

Published 7 May 2019
Opinion

For the second time this year, an Australian politician has been the recipient of an egg attack at a public event. 

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was egged by a protester during a campaign event in Albury for the upcoming general election.

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According to the BBC, the protesters egg just grazed Morrison, but it did not break. The  The egg grazed Mr Morrison's head but did not break, local media said. The incident also knocked an elderly woman to the ground.

Security guards swiftly pounced on the protester, who was wearing a beanie and casual clothes, and dragged her away.

"We have a female in custody in relation to an incident involving the prime minister this morning," police inspector Scott Russell told reporters at a press conference in Albury, adding that inquiries were continuing.

Police did not disclose the protester's name.

"The egg appears to have struck the prime minister on the head," state police said in an earlier statement.

Morrison described the egg thrower as 'cowardly', adding that he was worried about elderly woman that was knocked to the ground during the incident. "My concern about today’s incident in Albury was for the older lady who was knocked off her feet. I helped her up and gave her a hug. Our farmers have to put up with these same idiots who are invading their farms and their homes," Morrison tweeted after the incident. 

The incident happened at a Country Women's Association event in Albury, about 330km (200 miles) south-east of Canberra. No-one was injured.

The motive for the egging is stil not clear. 

Mr Morrison is not the first Australian politician to be targeted by an egg-wielding protester this year.

In March, far-right Senator Fraser Anning was egged after making heavily criticised comments about the mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The upcoming Australian elections are scheduled for May 18th. Morrison is looking to retain his seat as Prime Minister. 

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