• Iain Morison

Trouble Down Under: The Headbutt Story

Taking a break from the American politics, there is some juicy political news that shocked the Australian headlines. Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was headbutted by a 38-year-old North Hobart resident who claimed to be a supporter of gay marriage rights. The man was charged with one count of common assault and was granted bail but will have to appear in court on October 23, 2017.

The former prime minister appeared unscathed but he described the injuries he received as “a very slightly swollen lip.” He says, “‘I want to shake your hand.’ I went over to shake his hand. Then, he head-butted me,” Mr. Abbott said, according to the New York Times. “Now, he wasn’t good at it, I’ve got to say, but he did make contact.”

The current Prime Minister requested to the public that they restrain from violence as the debate about whether to legalize same sex marriage grows more intense. Tony Abbott, who has publicly stated that he is against same sex marriage, used the incident to bash supporters of same sex marriage, stating they are the reason why the debate is becoming such a big issue.

The police alleged that the assailant was a supporter of same sex marriage because he was wearing a ‘Vote Yes’ badge which is a response to the national postal survey about legalizing same sex marriage.

The results of a same-sex marriage postal survey, which asks whether the law should be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry, will be announced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on November 15.

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