In­truder up­stages Tony Ab­bott’s vic­tory speech in se­cu­rity breach


The man who iden­ti­fies him­self as Twiggy Palm­rock was tack­led from the stage af­ter Tony Ab­bott’s vic­tory speech is a se­rial pest who has twice be­fore gate­crashed pri­vate po­lit­i­cal events. The 25-year-old Univer­sity of Mel­bourne play­wright Freg­monto Stokes, last Novem­ber wan­dered on stage with another coal pro­tester as Ab­bott ad­dressed a Se­cur­ing the Fu­ture con­fer­ence. Stokes and Do­minic O’Dwyer wan­dered on to stage in song as min­ing mag­nate char­ac­ter Twiggy and made-up young Lib­eral Michael Hig­gins-Beau­mont at the Novem­ber event at Mel­bourne Univer­sity.

Ab­bott was un­fazed and told the crowd it ap­peared univer­sity hu­mour had not changed since he was a stu­dent. The duo also walked, un­chal­lenged, into an in­vite-only Com­mit­tee of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment of Aus­tralia event at Mel­bourne’s Hil­ton Ho­tel to dis­rupt an ad­dress by for­mer En­ergy Min­is­ter Martin Fer­gu­son.

And they were part of a group of 13 anti-coal ac­tivists who locked them­selves onto the pil­lars of the Vic­to­rian par­lia­ment build­ing last year.

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