Given Anthony Albanese’s comments last week, in disrespecting disgruntled voters, the protest outside his office today came as no surprise. He should have anticipated it really, being that he labelled voters “of no consequence”, which doesn’t really sit well in a democratic country. This protest however is getting some bad press.
During the noisy protest, a female protester grabbed Mr Albanese by the tie and called him “gutless” and a “maggot”.
From what it sounds like, only one of the protesters overstepped the mark. It’s hard to imagine what must have been going through the mind of someone who thought it was okay to grab a federal MP. It’s stupid and entirely unhelpful.
That incident aside, look how Albanese tries to play the victim card.
Mr Albanese, after being surrounded by angry protesters who hurled abuse at him, went back inside his office, only to return five minutes later.
“Yelling me down does not do anything for your cause,” Mr Albanese told the crowd, amid boos and jeers.
“For a group of people saying they’re here to campaign for democracy and the right to be heard, you have a funny way of showing it.”
Oh dear, they didn’t yell at him did they? Seriously, harden up. If you piss off the voters, you should cop it on the chin.
He pointed to a placard that read “Convoy of Courage”, saying, “It doesn’t take a great deal of courage for 150 people to abuse one.”
First of all, it was 500 people, secondly, it doesn’t take much courage to stand up in parliament with your labor mates behind you, cheering as you belittle a bunch of truckies and farmers, rather much like the school yard bully.
While one protester may have given the rest a bad name, this guy certainly makes up for it.
Verdun Walsh said he joined the protest because he was deeply offended by Mr Albanese’s comments and wanted his voice to be heard. He carried a placard saying: “I am 94 years of age, an ex POW, I am not incontinent, I am not of no consequence, I vote, save the Labor Party name, resign now Mr Albanese.”
UPDATE: Organisers of the rally have denied that anyone touched the minister of no consequence. It has also been revealed that GetUp tried to organise a counter protest…but failed, getting about 50 people there.