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Scott Morrison has brushed off a furious pensioner berating him at a pub, insisting ‘I like hearing from people’.

The man was filmed swearing at the Prime Minister in an obscene rant about his pension and immigration issues for his partner.

Mr Morrison revealed his staff chatted to the man to help him with his issues after the outburst at the Edgeworth Tavern west of Newcastle, NSW.

Mr Morrison offered to sit down and talk to the man (pictured) as he raised his concerns

Mr Morrison offered to sit down and talk to the man (pictured) as he raised his concerns

Mr Morrison offered to sit down and talk to the man (pictured) as he raised his concerns 

‘There was one gentleman, Ray, who was very upset about a complicated case, it was involving iCare and immigration issues,’ the PM said on Thursday. 

‘It was also involving income definitions under the pension regime. He has had a lot of complications with those cases.

‘And my staff met with him after I carefully listened to what he had to say and respectfully listened to what he had to say. He was not asked to leave or anything like that.’

Mr Morrison said the vast majority of pub-goers gave him a ‘welcome reception’ but said he understood the man’s frustration.

The man (pictured in blue) launched his rant when Scott Morrison entered the Edgeworth Tavern west of Newcastle, NSW

The man (pictured in blue) launched his rant when Scott Morrison entered the Edgeworth Tavern west of Newcastle, NSW

The man (pictured in blue) launched his rant when Scott Morrison entered the Edgeworth Tavern west of Newcastle, NSW

‘I could understand that he was very upset about some very significant issues that happened his life,’ the PM said.

‘And so I was keen to understand what he was saying to me and I believe we have. It is a complicated case but we will see how we might be able to assist and progress that. 

‘As you move around, I like hearing from people. I hear from people all the time. 

‘While some may have some very complex issues that need to be addressed, others it was great to see them’.

Chief Advocate for National Seniors Australia, Ian Henschke, told 3AW the man was probably angry because of the different rules for the disability and aged pension.

Aged pensioners can only earn up to $300 a fortnight before losing their entitlements.    

Scott Morrison stopped by Edgeworth Tavern, in Newcastle, on Wednesday (pictured) as part of his pre-election trail

Scott Morrison stopped by Edgeworth Tavern, in Newcastle, on Wednesday (pictured) as part of his pre-election trail

Scott Morrison stopped by Edgeworth Tavern, in Newcastle, on Wednesday (pictured) as part of his pre-election trail 

In the furious spray the man said: ‘This is what you said when you got elected last time: “We’re going help all those people that worked all their lives, paid their taxes and those that have a go, get a go”. 

‘Well, I’ve had a go, mate, I’ve worked all my life and paid my taxes.’

When Mr Morrison tried to coax the man away from cameras to explain his situation to staff he became angrier.

‘You better f***ing do something … I’m sick of your bullsh**,’ he said.

Also in the pub, one woman cunningly asked Mr Morrison to pose with her for a selfie video, before telling him ‘congratulations on being the worst prime minister we’ve ever had’.

Mr Morrison’s smile quickly disintegrated into a frown as the video, which has gone viral on Twitter, came to an end. 

‘Just got to give Slomo my sincerest congratulations,’ she wrote, ‘I never thought I’d get the chance to meet him dreams do come true.’

Asked how Mr Morrison responded, the woman wrote: ‘He said thanks, then processed what I said and lost his smirk and turned his back on me.’

The disability support pensioner had also cornered the Prime Minister to blast him in an expletive-riddled rant over his measly disability pension. 

‘Listen to me for a change. You can have a million dollar house, $250,000 in the bank and franking credits but a disability pensioner can’t have an income,’ the man said to Mr Morrison.

‘You’ve also been immigration minister. I’ve got a partner I’ve been with six and half years and I’ve got a right as an Australian to choose who my partner should be.

‘We’ve been to the tribunal twice and won on both occasions. That was 14 months ago. Why can’t I have a partner?

‘You know another promise you made. You were going to have an integrity commission. 

As the punter 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.

‘I’ve been fighting for 12 years, you treat a disability pensioner who’s worked all his life, paid his taxes… now he’s getting taxed again,’ the elderly man continued.

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

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

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

‘This is what you said when you got elected last time: “We’re gonna help all those people who worked all their lives and paid their taxes, those who had a go.” Well I’ve had a go, mate.

‘I’m doing this before the election because this is two promises that you made.’

The interaction sparked mixed reactions online, with many praising the man for speaking out.

‘That man is a hero, right there. Morrison speechless for once,’ one person tweeted. 

‘To be honest I think this confrontation from a pensioner tonight will hurt Scomo more than any ad,’ a third said.  

But others claimed the man hijacked the event.

‘I was there and very disappointed I did not get the opportunity to talk on account of this man and others poor behaviour,’ one woman said.

‘He took the whole floor what about everyone else waiting to speak.’  

The bitter showdown was the latest saga in a tumultuous week for Mr Morrison, rocked by in-house friction and allegations of racism and bullying. 

Last week, Liberal Minister Concetta Fierravanti-Wells accused Mr Morrison under parliamentary privilege of being a ‘bully’ and ‘autocrat’ and claimed he made racist remarks about his former political rival Lebanese-Australian Michael Towke.

The personal attacks continued with Catherine Cusack, a member of the Upper House who lives in the flood-devastated Northern Rivers region, days later accusing Mr Morrison of only providing disaster relief to Coalition-backed regions.

Mr Morrison’s opponent, Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese, faced his own unruly hecklers on the campaign trail on Wednesday.

He awkwardly refused to take a question from a voter who crashed his press conference with Mark McGowan in Perth on Wednesday morning.

‘I’m not a media person, I’m just a local resident, I’ve got a tough question for you,’ the man said, asking the Labor leader if he was ‘up for’ answering.

Mr Albanese responded: ‘I’m absolutely up for it’ but then rejected taking a question from the man in front of the media.

‘Sorry we can’t really do that. The media alliance will be a bit upset,’ he said.

Anthony Albanese awkwardly refused to take a question from a voter who crashed his press conference with Mark McGowan

Anthony Albanese awkwardly refused to take a question from a voter who crashed his press conference with Mark McGowan

Anthony Albanese awkwardly refused to take a question from a voter who crashed his press conference with Mark McGowan

While Mr Morrison was copping the fury of Hunter locals, more bombshell allegations were levelled at him.

During a live TV interview with The Project’s Waleed Aly, Lebanese-Australia former politician Michael Towke accused Scott Morrison and his allies of launching a vicious smear campaign against him in a ‘desperate’ bid to secure the future PM his first seat in federal Parliament.

Mr Towke and Mr Morrison were both vying for pre-selection for the seat of Cook, which takes in part of the Sutherland Shire, in Sydney’s south, for the 2007 election. 

Mr Towke claimed Liberal party apparatchiks both publicly and privately smeared him as a Muslim crime figure even claiming he was associated with neo-Nazis. 

There were brazenly false rumours spread that he ran a brothel and was somehow involved in the Cronulla riots.

Mr Towke also claimed he was coerced by senior party officials to drop out of the contest against Mr Morrison or he would ‘never be able to find a job’ ever again.

Mr Morrison has emphatically denied the ‘malicious’ claims he would use a candidate’s racial background against him, after they resurfaced last week. 

Lebanese-Australia former politician Michael Towke (pictured) levelled a series of bombshell allegations against Scott Morrison on Wednesday

Lebanese-Australia former politician Michael Towke (pictured) levelled a series of bombshell allegations against Scott Morrison on Wednesday

Lebanese-Australia former politician Michael Towke (pictured) levelled a series of bombshell allegations against Scott Morrison on Wednesday

Mr Towke claimed another dissenter within Mr Morrison’s ranks recently reached out to him to express their support after the PM repeatedly denied the accusations.

‘I’ve got text messages from a cabinet minister telling me “I believe you, and do what you need to do, just be careful”,’ he said.

This was just the latest leaked text scandal for the prime minister, whose own close colleagues and allies exchanged unflattering words about him.

In one an exchange, a minister branded Mr Morrison a ‘complete psycho’ to former NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian, who in response called him a ‘horrible, horrible person’. 

More details were released on Tuesday by the 7.30 report  with Ms Berejiklian questioning his motives and handing of the bushfires which devastated large parts of Australia in 2019.

‘Morrison is a horrible horrible person. He is actively spreading lies and briefing against me re fires,’ she wrote followed by a red-faced emoji.

The politician on the other end is even more scathing in reply, calling the PM a self-obsessed ‘psycho’.

‘Morrison is about Morrison. Complete psycho. He is desperate and jealous. The mob have worked him out and think he is a fraud.’ 

The text message exchange between Gladys Berejiklian and an unnamed politician calling Mr Morrison a 'fraud'

The text message exchange between Gladys Berejiklian and an unnamed politician calling Mr Morrison a 'fraud'

The text message exchange between Gladys Berejiklian and an unnamed politician calling Mr Morrison a ‘fraud’

An leaked internal Labor Party memo reveals Anthony Albanese's secret strategy to 'censor' his frontbenchers. Pictured: Mr Albanese with WA Premier Mark McGowan on Wednesday

An leaked internal Labor Party memo reveals Anthony Albanese's secret strategy to 'censor' his frontbenchers. Pictured: Mr Albanese with WA Premier Mark McGowan on Wednesday

An leaked internal Labor Party memo reveals Anthony Albanese’s secret strategy to ‘censor’ his frontbenchers. Pictured: Mr Albanese with WA Premier Mark McGowan on Wednesday

The plot to keep shadow ministers out of the limelight was detailed in this email from Labor's campaign directors to press secretaries and candidates. Scroll down for the full email

The plot to keep shadow ministers out of the limelight was detailed in this email from Labor's campaign directors to press secretaries and candidates. Scroll down for the full email

The plot to keep shadow ministers out of the limelight was detailed in this email from Labor’s campaign directors to press secretaries and candidates. Scroll down for the full email

Other texts by Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce labelled Mr Morrison a ‘hypocrite and liar’ whom he ‘never trusted’.

Also on Wednesday, a leaked internal Labor Party memo revealed Mr Albanese’s secret strategy to ‘censor’ his frontbenchers and dominate media coverage during the election campaign.  

The plot to keep shadow ministers out of the limelight was detailed in an email from Labor’s campaign directors to press secretaries and candidates.

In what is called ‘a very different way of operating’, Labor HQ said transcripts of interviews, speeches and opinion pieces will be hidden from the media unless they involve the leader.

Labor politicians will have to get advance permission to hold a press conference, send quotes to media or give a speech.

They have also been told to cancel regular TV and radio interviews, with every appearance now ‘subject to approval based on the media context on that day’.  

The memo said the strict measures have been taken to ‘keep our daily message clear’.

Mr Morrison is expected to call the election any day now for either May 14 or 21.

Labor is ahead by a sizeable eight points according to the latest Newspoll.   

Read the full leaked memo here

Dear press secs, campaigns and candidates

From today and effective immediately, CHQ Comms is fully operational. This means the way we do media, up to and until election day, will be changing significantly.

CHQ Comms will replace LOMU as your first point of contact for anything related to media, and we will also be operating a little differently so please read the below carefully.

Media appearances

Interviews – all interview requests must first be approved by CHQ Comms without exception. From now on, you should not be committing to any regular weekly or fortnightly spots in advance – every media appearance will be subject to approval based on the media context on that day. If you have regular spots during the campaign period to which you have already committed, please get in touch ASAP.

Press conferences – all stand-ups must first be approved by CHQ Comms. We will be limiting the number of stand-ups that happen each day in order to keep our daily message clear. Please do not plan travel around an announcement or planned stand-up without clearing this first with CHQ Comms (and the CHQ Program unit, of course). Please record any interviews or stand-ups and send through the audio to the email below.

Media materials

Lines – any lines or quotes going out to media must first be approved by CHQ Comms, who can help you with drafting and gathering the correct policy information as necessary. These will be turned around quickly.

Media releases – we will be reducing our reliance on media releases as a form of communication during the campaign. In an election context, they are rarely a good use of your time or CHQ’s time, as they are unlikely to be read by media unless they are announcing a key policy or concern breaking news. As such we will only be distributing a very limited number. It will be worth your time to consult with CHQ Comms before drafting a media release to determine whether it is necessary. Keep in mind there are many other ways to communicate with your audience – whether that is local media, the national press gallery or voters – which CHQ Comms can assist with.

Transcripts – CHQ Comms will not be distributing transcripts during the campaign other than for the leader and campaign spokespeople, with a few limited exceptions. This does not stop you from clipping the best part of a boss’s stand-up and posting on social media, for example, if you want more exposure. CHQ Comms can also supply journalists with audio on request.

Opinion pieces – please get in touch with CHQ Comms before pitching these to media outlets, not after. All opinion pieces must be cleared by CHQ Comms ahead of time. CHQ Comms will not be distributing Opinion Pieces during the campaign other than for the leader, with a few limited exceptions.

Speeches – please get in touch with CHQ Comms before agreeing to speeches, not after. All speeches must be cleared by CHQ Comms ahead of time. CHQ Comms will not be distributing speeches during the campaign other than for the leader, with a few limited exceptions.

Alerts – CHQ Comms will distribute media alerts two hours ahead of time for agreed stand-ups in metro areas, and further in advance as required for regional areas.

Finally – we realise that this will be a very different way of operating for you and your teams, so thank you in advance for your cooperation. This new way of working is important to ensure CHQ Comms is able to focus on the most important task – helping win the election – and that we are all focused on that goal.

There will inevitably be some teething issues in our first weeks, but we will endeavour to respond to you promptly in all cases as we know how important that is during a campaign. If you do not hear back on a request in a required timeframe, please do not hesitate to follow-up.

We really look forward to working with you,

John, Jo and Josh 

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