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‘Lost my vote’: PM rushed from event

Mr Morrison was visiting Ashgrove Cheese Dairy Door in the seat of Lyons on Thursday afternoon when the incident occurred.As the Prime Minister was walking through the crowd, former Australian diplomat Trevor Sofield, 76, made an attempt to speak with Mr Morrison, a move that members of the Australian Federal Police acting as security for the PM quickly attempted to block.Mr Sofield, one of the first High Commissioners to the Solomon Islands, told the media that he only wished to tell Mr Morrison that he had lost his vote.The situation spiralled when Mr Sofield once again attempted to speak with Mr Morrison as he was rushed out of the venue and into a waiting car. “Don’t assault me!” Mr Sofield yelled as staff attempted to block him from following Mr Morrison.The 76-year-old was pushed aside as the Prime Minister was bundled into the car.Speaking to the media afterwards, Mr Sofield said he had voted for the Liberal Party in 2019 but would not be doing so this year.“This government has lost my vote,” he said, citing their handling of Australia’s national security as one of the big reasons behind the change.He claimed he was “manhandled” for simply trying to speak with the PM.“I attempted to speak with the Prime Minister and simply say to the Prime Minister you have lost my vote,” Mr Sofield said.“I was physically manhandled.“This is an election, surely you must be able to get access to the two candidates“I expect this sort of thing in China.”

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