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A seething pensioner who ripped into Scott Morrison was fed up with being ‘ignored by the government for years’ and has ‘no regrets’ over the now-viral exchange. 

Ray Drury, 73, was filmed yelling and pointing in the face of the Prime Minister at Newcastle’s Edgeworth Tavern on Wednesday night, accusing him of breaking promises and saying ‘I’m sick of your bullsh**’. 

Footage of the heated confrontation has circulated on social media, with hundreds of Aussies praising Mr Drury’s action as fans offered to by their ‘hero’ a beer. 

Mr Drury, who has cancer, said he had reached boiling point over the government failing to address the repeated concerns he has expressed to MPs about his inadequately sized pension.

 ‘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.

Ray Drury (pictured) has spoken out after he went viral for confronting Scott Morrison in a Newcastle pub on Wednesday night

Ray Drury (pictured) has spoken out after he went viral for confronting Scott Morrison in a Newcastle pub on Wednesday night

Ray Drury (pictured) has spoken out after he went viral for confronting Scott Morrison in a Newcastle pub on Wednesday night

Mr Drury worked in the mining industry for 30 years, but is now retired and living off compensation from Dust Disease Care after being exposed to harmful pollutants. 

But he says he has lost more than $70,000 in pension payments because of government deductions due to his workers compensation.

Mr Drury said he has spent years writing to dozens of MPs in hopes someone would fix the oversight but no action has been taken.

‘I’ve got prostrate cancer, I’ve got asbestos tumours, and being just ignored by everybody. Why wouldn’t I be upset? Every week I get $200 taken out of my pension.

‘I’ve got a right to earn an income too.’

Mr Drury believes the federal government will soon be forced to remedy the issue because he will not stop fighting for his cause. 

The revelation comes as the Newcastle venue at the centre of the outburst has been bombarded with phone calls from Australians trying to get into contact with Mr Drury. 

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

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

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

The manager of the Edgeworth Tavern (pictured) said Ray wasn't a regular customer but said they'd been inundated with patrons wanting to buy him a beer

The manager of the Edgeworth Tavern (pictured) said Ray wasn't a regular customer but said they'd been inundated with patrons wanting to buy him a beer

The manager of the Edgeworth Tavern (pictured) said Ray wasn’t a regular customer but said they’d been inundated with patrons wanting to buy him a beer

A spokesman for Edgeworth Tavern told Daily Mail Australia on Thursday the bar has been inundated with patrons begging to buy him a beer. 

‘We’ve been trying to track him down because we want to start a tab for him,’ the source said.

Footage of Ray’s outburst racked up thousands of views after being posted on Twitter Wednesday night, with a cornered Mr Morrison standing quietly as the pensioner unloaded. 

‘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,’ Ray shouted.

When Mr Morrison tried to coax the man away from cameras to talk about his situation, Ray became even angrier.

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

The tavern spokesman said people have turned up en-masse on Thursday trying to shout Ray a schooner.    

‘We’ve had dozens of people come in this morning asking to buy him beers, hopefully we can find him,’ he told Daily Mail Australia. 

The footage of Ray's outburst went viral on Thursday morning, with a shocked Mr Morrison standing aghast as he unloaded on the PM

The footage of Ray's outburst went viral on Thursday morning, with a shocked Mr Morrison standing aghast as he unloaded on the PM

The footage of Ray’s outburst went viral on Thursday morning, with a shocked Mr Morrison standing aghast as he unloaded on the PM

Mr Morrison attended the pub in Labor Party heartland on Wednesday afternoon as the election trail heats up

Mr Morrison attended the pub in Labor Party heartland on Wednesday afternoon as the election trail heats up

Mr Morrison attended the pub in Labor Party heartland on Wednesday afternoon as the election trail heats up

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

Mr Drury slammed Mr Morrison for failing to up his disability support 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 cried 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.

‘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.’ 

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

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 

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

‘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.

‘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 Mr Drury 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 

Source: DailyMail AU

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