Tony Abbott MP at the Brookvale Pre-Polling on Thursday. Picture: David Swift.
Tony Abbott MP at the Brookvale Pre-Polling on Thursday. Picture: David Swift.

Abbott volunteer assaulted at school on poll eve

A TONY Abbott campaigner who was putting up election campaign material in Sydney's northern beaches last night was assaulted by a passer-by with a corkscrew.

A group of Abbott volunteers was putting up posters outside Balgowlah Heights Public School on Lewis St when a man turned up and started yelling abuse at them.

A Tony Abbott volunteer was attacked at Balgowlah Heights Public on Friday night.
A Tony Abbott volunteer was attacked at Balgowlah Heights Public on Friday night.

 

Tony Abbott campaigning at Balgowlah Heights Public School last week.
Tony Abbott campaigning at Balgowlah Heights Public School last week.


 

The man then allegedly thrust a corkscrew at the stomach of a 31-year-old volunteer, before ripping down the banners that had been put up in preparation for today's poll, and fleeing the scene.

Paramedics attended and treated the injured man at the scene. He did not require hospitalisation.

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Northern Beaches Police investigated and a 62-year-old man was arrested at Balgowlah Heights about two hours later.

He was taken to Manly Police Station where he was assisting with inquiries.

The incident comes after a dirty election campaign where Mr Abbott was targeted by activists.

The former PM has said he is in the "fight for his life" as he battles to keep the Warringah seat he has held for 25 years.

He was targeted in a fundraising video by left-wing lobby group GetUp! which depicted him sitting on the beach laughing while a person drowned, and only last week had a book filled with faeces placed on the doorstep of his electorate office.

Earlier this month a hollowed out book with faeces inside it with the word "unpopular" on the cover was left outside Mr Abbott's electorate office

 

A book filled with faeces was left on the doorstep of Mr Abbott’s Manly office on May 7.
A book filled with faeces was left on the doorstep of Mr Abbott’s Manly office on May 7.

Mr Abbott has blitzed the campaign trail in the Northern Beaches attending questionnaires in the pub, community meetings and visiting a number of schools.

However on Thursday, he courted controversy with a post on social media about the late Bob Hawke.

Mr Abbott was widely condemned for suggesting Mr Hawke had a "Liberal head" but a "Labor heart", in a post that was seen as political point scoring.