A 38-year-old North Hobart man has been charged after an incident yesterday where Tony Abbott was allegedly headbutted.

Tasmania Police said the man was charged with one count of common assault, following the complaint made by Abbott.

He’s been granted bail and will appear in the Hobart Magistrates Court at 9:30am on 23 October.


News first broke of the assault – which left Abbott with a “very, very slightly swollen lip”on Sky News yesterday, which claimed the assailant had been a marriage equality campaigner.

It looks like the station is now walking back on that statement (although it appears the assailant was wearing a marriage equality badge).

Marriage equality campaigners and organisations very, very quickly condemned the violence, but that didn’t stop Abbott this morning saying that “the only safe thing you can do is vote no” to same-sex marriage.

We’re just going to leave this one here: the non-partisan, scientific study that found legalising same-sex marriage could lead to 3,000 fewer suicide attempts per year.

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