Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has laughed off a run-in with an angry man who gave him “the finger” in a Queensland pub as simply a matter of having “a few drinks too many”.
Queensland Police detained a man described as “an angry landscaper” after he approached Mr Turnbull while he was having a beer at the Carindale Hotel in Brisbane on Thursday night.
A photo taken from behind the bar shows a young man giving the finger between Malcolm Turnbull and local MP Ross Vasta at the ‘politics in the pub’ event.
The PM was drinking a beer and addressing hotel guests alongside Mr Vasta.
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Queensland Police told The New Daily a 27-year-old male became “abusive” towards a group at the bar because the group had been served before him.
“He was escorted from the hotel and issued an infringement notice for failing to leave the licensed premise,” police said.
At a press conference with Agricultural Minister David Littleproud on Friday, Mr Turnbull was asked about the incident at the Carindale pub and responded light-heartedly.
“There was clearly one gentleman there who clearly had had, um, a few drinks too many,” Mr Turnbull said.
“He was assisted to make an early return home, which is probably where he should have gone earlier in the evening, as I’m sure he’s worked out by this morning.”
The New Daily contacted the Carindale Hotel who offered a “no comment” on Mr Turnbull’s visit to the pub or the incident.
In 2016, a Tasmanian man was arrested after head-butting former Prime Minister Tony Abbot while he was out walking on Hobart’s waterfront.