Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has stared down protesters who tried to disrupt a press conference by coldly telling them to wait their turn.
Albanese was speaking to media after touring the Lake Haven Urgent Care Clinic on the New South Wales Central Coast and approving his government’s renewed Stage 3 tax cuts along with other cost measures. life.
As the Prime Minister spoke, a female voice began shouting above him.
‘Why does your government keep approving new coal and gas projects during a climate crisis?’ the protester shouted.
Mr. Albanese cast a quick glance at the interlocutor and continued with his address, but this did not stop her.
Premier Anthony Albanese’s press conference was disrupted by protesters on the New South Wales Central Coast, but he appeared unfazed.
However, the woman continued to intervene, shouting that climate change “was an emergency.”
Another white-haired man standing near the Prime Minister’s contingent pulled out a protest sign that read: “No new coal or gas.”
He accused the Prime Minister of being a “Zionist,” meaning someone who backs Israel in its war against Hamas in Gaza.
As members of the Prime Minister’s security team pulled the protester aside, Albanese remained calm.
“How about we talk to the journalists and then I’ll be happy to have a conversation with you too,” he said.
The Prime Minister’s events are increasingly plagued by protests.
In December, a pro-Palestinian protester holding a baby almost stole Albanese’s attention when police moved in to remove her while he was giving a speech in his Marrickville electorate, in Sydney’s inner west.
The Prime Minister calmly raised his hand and told protesters that he would listen to their concerns after answering questions from the media.
At that event, Albanese was opening a new $1.3 million “dementia-friendly” reserve in the inner-western Sydney suburb of Ashfield, which is part of his federal electorate, when fighting broke out between the small crowd.
A woman carrying a baby at her side stood silently among the small crowd as she held aloft a sign that read “Shame Albo” with a drawing of a slice of watermelon, which is a protest symbol used to replace the flag. Palestine.
In November, the Prime Minister’s security team scuffled with a group of about 20 protesters, one of them a woman carrying two young children, at the luxury Rydges Palmerston hotel where Labor was holding a fundraising dinner. .
Plainclothes officers and hotel staff blocked the room with the Prime Minister inside and doors were hastily closed on the room where Albanese was meeting with Northern Territory government and business leaders.
With their advance blocked, protesters chanted loudly while holding up Palestinian flags and other signs demanding Israel stop military action in Gaza.