Labor MP Anthony Albanese attacked by anti-carbon tax protesters

Carbon tax protesters

A woman shouts at Labor MP Anthony Albanese during an anti-carbon tax rally outside his office in Marrickville, Sydney. Picture: Damian Shaw
Source: The Daily Telegraph

Carbon tax protesters

Hundreds gather at an anti-carbon tax protest outside Labor MP Anthony Albanese’s office in Marrickville, Sydney. Picture: Damian Shaw
Source: The Daily Telegraph


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FEDERALl Transport Minister Anthony Albanese has been grabbed and abused by anti-carbon tax protesters who marched to his inner Sydney electorate office calling him a “loser” and a “maggot”.

Hundreds marched through Marrickville in Mr Albanese’s electorate, riled by his jibe in August that the Convoy of No Confidence, the anti-carbon tax protest by truck drivers outside Parliament House in Canberra, was really a “convoy of no consequence”.

Protest organiser Jacques Laxale said about 500 people had gathered to demand to know why they were of no consequence.

“Basically the carbon tax has nothing to do with the climate. The tax is not going to change the climate,” Mr Laxale said.

“If they want extra money, come out and say, ‘We need more money’ and don’t put it under the umbrella of a carbon tax.”

Federal opposition frontbencher Sophie Mirabella marched alongside protesters carrying placards that read “Tolerance is our demise”, “WTF has happened to free speech” and “Carbon dioxide is not pollution”.

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She later told the crowd: “Never be intimidated.”

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.”

During the noisy protest, a female protester grabbed Mr Albanese by the tie and called him “gutless” and a “maggot”.

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.”

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.”

Protesters also claimed that the government was illegitimate and called for an election.

Opposition frontbencher Sophie Mirabella addressed the crowd, saying, “Please maintain your right to a democratic say. Please do not ever be intimidated, no matter how smarmy, how sarcastic any member of parliament (is), no matter how exalted their position. Never be intimidated.”

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One Response to “Labor MP Anthony Albanese attacked by anti-carbon tax protesters”

  1. Mike Elliott says:

    Wheres Albanese’s courage? Protesters came seeking an apology for his name calling – did they get one? – No they did not.

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