Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is in Whyalla, South Australia. He's visiting industry including the local steelworks, but the biggest story from his trip will be Raylene, a local woman who interrupted the PM's press conference while out on a walk with her dog.
The woman, who identified herself to reporters as Raylene Mullins, walked right into the middle of a big swarm of media to tell off Turnbull over free trade policy.
Turnbull trying to cut off presser, only to be confronted by an angry voter #auspol— Stephanie Anderson (@stephanieando) March 9, 2016
"Nothing will help Australia if there's another World War because we wouldn't be able to exist," she told Turnbull.
Later, she told reporters that she was out walking with her dog when she happened upon the press conference in a local park.
"I didn't know he was going to be here, and I thought hang on a minute, there's something happening if the ABC [television] van is here," she said.
"I thought, right, I'm going to have my say."
Raylene has a chat with the PM in Whyalla. She isn't a fan of free trade. pic.twitter.com/r0Em8Rkjim— Adam Todd (@_AdamTodd) March 9, 2016
After bailing up the PM, Raylene held her own press conference. Turnbull, to his credit, didn't return the favour by interrupting her moment in the media spotlight.
64 yo Raylene Mullins of Victor Harbour challenges Prome Minister to stop free trade to keep the Steelworks going pic.twitter.com/gZYJUzQYVD— Michael Coggan (@MikeCoggan) March 9, 2016
It continues a proud recent Australian tradition of embarrassing our leaders during press conferences. Former PM Tony Abbott had a few of his own, including this immortal line shouted from a moving car:
And the old man in a hardware store:
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