Pensioner who berated Scott Morrison during pub visit reveals he’s a life-long Labor supporter – but he’s NOT voting for Anthony Albanese this year either
- Pensioner said Labor and Liberal ignored his calls to fix his his pension payment
- The retired former miner said he was sick of being given the cold shoulder
- He would have confronted Albanese in the same way if he had been there
A pensioner who argued with Scott Morrison in a pub has revealed he is a Labor supporter, but won’t be backing Anthony Albanese.
Ray Drury, 73, said for the first time in his life, he won’t be voting for the party he has always voted for at the imminent federal election.
‘I will vote for independents,’ he told The Australian. ‘Scott Morrison, I wouldn’t vote for him, because I didn’t respect him, because if you want to respect someone, they’ve got to respect you back.’
Former miner (pictured, left with Scott Morrison) said his anger had been ‘stewing’ for years
Mr Drury said he wouldn’t vote for Labor as he has tried to contact at least three ministers in the party who have ‘ignored’ him.
And that both parties are only seen at election time, and are not in touch with the community.
Instead, he wanted to vote for an independent candidate to ‘keep the bastards honest’. ‘I’m voting for an independent, I don’t care who it is,’ he said.
There are no independents in his electorate of Newcastle, but he said he still wouldn’t vote for either two of the big parties, as they were both liars.
The revelations come after the former miner aggressively squared up to Morrison in front of the media in a Newcastle pub last Wednesday.
The local accused Morrison of breaking promises as he yelled and pointed at the prime minister.
Footage of the toe to toe lit up social media with hundreds of commenters praising the man for his actions, and offering to buy him a beer.
Others, however, said it was disrespectful of him to swear at and abuse someone in high office.
The forthright life-long Labor voter also told The Australian he ‘would have done the same’ thing to the Labor opposition leader.
‘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.
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
Ray Drury said he had lost $70,000 and had been ignored by ministers from both major parties
The retired miner said he receives weekly compensation for health issues picked up from working for 30 years in the mines, yet his disability pension has been compromised by that payment.
He claims he has lost up to $70,000 and has reached out to dozens of MPs on the matter only to be ‘ignored’, which brought him to boiling point at the pub.
‘Look mate, you ring up your office and you do nothing, they don’t even return a call,’ he fumed at Morrison last Wednesday.
Mr Drury said he has prostrate cancer and has had issues with asbestos poisoning, leading to tumours that forced him to retire early.
The irate pensioner said Labor ministers have also ignored him and he won’t be voting for Anthony Albanese (pictured at the National Farmers Federation Conference last week)
Mr Drury said he would vote for anyone else, but not Labor nor Liberal