World Pensioner who confronted PM is a Labor voter - but won't back Albo
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A pensioner who argued within a pub has revealed he is a Labor supporter, but won't be backing Anthony Albanese.
The forthright life-long Labor voter also toldhe 'would have done the same' thing to the Labor opposition leader.
Ray Drury, 73, said for the first time in his life, he won't be voting for the party he has always voted for at the imminent federal election.
'I will vote for independents,' he told The Australian. 'Scott Morrison, I wouldn't vote for him, because I didn't respect him, because if you want to respect someone, they've got to respect you back.'
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'And the same with the Labor Party, I've had three ministers … that I've wrote to and rang up; they just ignore you mate.'
There are no independents in his electorate of Newcastle, but he said he still wouldn't vote for either two of the big parties.
The revelations come after the former miner aggressively squared up to Morrison in front of the media in a Newcastle pub last Wednesday.
The Newcastle local accused Morrison of breaking promises as he yelled and pointed at the prime minister.
Footage of the toe to toe lit up social media with hundreds of commenters praising the man for his actions, and offering to buy him a beer.
Others, however, said it was disrespectful of him to swear at and abuse someone in high office.
'When you're stewing up over 12 years, and are being rejected - not even listened to - well then of course I am going to take the opportunity,' he told.
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The retired miner said he receives weekly compensation for health issues picked up from working for 30 years in the mines, yet his disability pension has been compromised by that payment.
He claims he has lost up to $70,000 and has reached out to dozens of MPs on the matter only to be 'ignored', which brought him to boiling point at the pub.
'Look mate, you ring up your office and you do nothing, they don't even return a call,' he fumed at Morrison last Wednesday.
Mr Drury said he has prostrate cancer and has had issues with asbestos poisoning, leading to tumours that forced him to retire early.
A healthy attitude .
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