The former Australian prime minister, Tony Abbott has been assaulted in Hobart.
He says he was headbutted by a yes campaigner as he was walking towards his hotel – leaving him with a slightly swollen lip.
He was in Tasmania on Thursday lunching with campaigners who are opposed to same-sex marriage – including his Liberal party colleague Eric Abetz.
Abbott told the story to Steve Price and Sky News host Andrew Bolt on Melbourne’s 3AW radio on Thursday.
‘I was walking from the Mercury office across that docks area – that beautiful docks area in Hobart – towards my hotel’ Abbott said.
“A fellow sung out at me ‘Hey Tony!’ I turned around – there was a chap wearing a Vote Yes badge.
He says ‘I wanna shake your hand’.
I went over to shake his hand and then he headbutted me.