Prime Minister Scott Morrison has likened his recent confrontation with a gatecrashing “activist” at a private event to a “pitch invasion by a Labor apparatchik”.
During the event in Western Sydney on Tuesday, April 12, Adisen Wright, who claims to be a Labor supporter on his social media accounts, approached Morrison and asked if he could “ask one question”.
Morrison agreed to take the question before noticing that the young man was filming the interaction.
“Why are you recording?” Morrison asked before telling Wright that it was a “private event”.
Morrison then walked away as Wright began shouting at the Prime Minister.
“Across the river here, people lost their houses. People lost their houses and they were burned,” he said.
“You’re a disgrace. You are a disgrace!”
Wright was removed from the venue and was reportedly ordered to move on by police.
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While speaking with reporters at a Geelong oil refinery on Wednesday, April 13, Morrison addressed the incident.
“The Labor Party have effectively apologised for what we saw last night. It was the equivalent of a pitch invasion by a Labor apparatchik,” he said.
When asked if he was concerned about his re-election chances, after a series of recent confrontations with the public, Morrison claimed Labor had “set the tone” for Tuesday night’s incident while referring to a recent confrontation with a pensioner, Ray Drury, at a New South Wales pub.
“I listened very carefully to Ray, patiently and respectfully, and listened to the challenges that he was facing in his own life,” Morrison said.
Opposition Leader Albanese also condemned the actions of Wright, labelling them “inappropriate”.
“I have seen footage of it and I think that gentleman, I don’t know who he was, his actions were entirely inappropriate,” Albanese told reporters on Wednesday.
“We need to have civil discourse.
“Our democratic processes can be robust but people can be polite and people can engage in appropriate forums in appropriate ways.”