Intruder poses security scare for new Australian PM
SYDNEY (AFP) - An intruder who climbed on stage with Australia's next prime minister Tony Abbott and his family on victory night is an anti-coal activist who calls himself Twiggy Palmcock, reports said on Sunday.
The young man joined Mr Abbott, his wife Margie and their three daughters after the Liberal leader had given a triumphant speech at a luxury Sydney hotel following Saturday's national polls.
Dressed in a suit and with the aid of a faked media wristband, he managed to shake Mr Abbott's hand and pat the arm of daughter Bridget before the family grouped together to block him out and he was tackled by security.
"I just walked through the front door with my yellow wrist band," Sydney's Daily Telegraph quoted him as saying, adding that he had fashioned the band from candy wrappers.