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World Pensioner who confronted PM is a Labor voter - but won't back Albo

06:21  09 april  2022
06:21  09 april  2022 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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A pensioner who argued with Scott Morrison in a pub has revealed he is a Labor supporter, but won't be backing Anthony Albanese.

The forthright life-long Labor voter also told The Australian he '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.

The Newcastle pub where a seething pensioner named Ray (pictured) ripped into Scott Morrison said 'dozens' of people have come in asking to start a tab for the local hero © Provided by Daily Mail The Newcastle pub where a seething pensioner named Ray (pictured) ripped into Scott Morrison said 'dozens' of people have come in asking to start a tab for the local hero

'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 NBN news.

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As the punter (pictured with his back to the camera) bristled, Mr Morrison said he had 'raised very important issues' and offered to sit down with him to 'get to the bottom' of his concerns © Provided by Daily Mail As the punter (pictured with his back to the camera) bristled, Mr Morrison said he had 'raised very important issues' and offered to sit down with him to 'get to the bottom' of his concerns Ray Drury said he had lost $70,000 and had been ignored by ministers from both major parties © Provided by Daily Mail Ray Drury said he had lost $70,000 and had been ignored by ministers from both major parties

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.

The irate pensioner said Labor ministers have also ignored him and he won't be voting for Anthony Albanese (pictured at the National Farmers Federation Conference last week)  © Provided by Daily Mail The irate pensioner said Labor ministers have also ignored him and he won't be voting for Anthony Albanese (pictured at the National Farmers Federation Conference last week)

Mr Drury said he has prostrate cancer and has had issues with asbestos poisoning, leading to tumours that forced him to retire early.

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