A Tasmanian man was charged on Friday after he allegedly head-butted former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Hobart.
Tasmania Police said they arrested and charged a 38-year-old North-Hobart man with “one count of common assault following a police investigation into a complaint made by Tony Abbott.”
“The man was granted bail and is expected to appear in court on Oct. 23,’’ police said.
Police said the man was wearing a “Yes” badge, in support of same-sex marriage, at the time of the attack that took place when Abbott was returning leaving a meeting at a local newspaper office on Thursday.
Abbott said that he was left shocked and with a very slightly swollen lip.
He told newsmen that a man had yelled out his name and asked to shake his hand, but instead, head-butted him.
Australia is currently holding a legally non-binding postal survey asking 16 million voters whether to change the law to allow gay couples to marry.
Abbott, a conservative politician, has been campaigning against it stridently for the past few weeks.
“It is a shock to have a fellow Australian seeking to shake your hand and turn a handshake into an assault.
“Normally a handshake is a sign of trust and peace,’’ Abbott said outside his hotel.
According to Abbott, he does not have police protection since 2016 federal election campaign.