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Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has filmed an “ugly” confrontation at a pre-polling booth in his marginal Melbourne seat of Kooyong involving the businessman behind the Climate 200 independent push.
The under-pressure Liberal MP watched on as millionaire investor and founder of Climate 200, Simon Holmes a Court, approached Liberal Victorian Senator Jane Hume – who the businessman is suing for defamation.
In the video, which was posted on social media by the Liberal Party, Hume can repeatedly be heard telling Holmes a Court to leave her alone, which he ignored.
“Just leave me alone, Simon, please leave me alone,” Hume can be heard saying.
“You are suing me for defamation Simon, I don’t want to talk to you.”
Representatives for independent candidate Monique Ryan, whom polls show has a real chance of ousting Frydenberg in Kooyong on Saturday, declined to comment on the exchange.
“We have no comment to make,” a Ryan campaign member told 9News today.
“You’re harassing us, annoying us. Please stop doing it.”
Frydenberg, meanwhile, this morning slammed the incident as “ugly”.
“It was a despicable behaviour from someone who should know better,” he said.
“Is this really what integrity looks like by the teals?”
9News has been unable to reach Holmes a Court for comment.
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