Scott Morrison was almost egged by a female protester at a CWA event in Albury. Picture: Sky News.
Scott Morrison was almost egged by a female protester at a CWA event in Albury. Picture: Sky News.

‘He deserves it’: Woman behind egging

She's 25 years old and allegedly attempted to egg Scott Morrison - and missed - for humanitarian reasons and because she objected to the PM's Twitter feed.

The young woman, who The Australian reports has been identified as Amber Paige, was taken into police custody in Albury after the incident at a Country Women's Association meeting with the Prime Minister on the NSW-Victorian border.

Police told news.com.au Ms Paige was yet to be charged.

But according to reporters on the ground, Ms Paige cited alleged mismanagement of refugees on Manus Island as the reason behind her alleged failed egg attack.

She also reportedly objected to @ScottMorrisonMP's Twitter feed.

What happened was the woman allegedly threw an egg at the PM, which missed him and hit an older woman, presumably a CWA member.

The protester now dubbed ‘Egg Girl’ is a 25-year-old who was campaigning against refugees on Manus Island. Picture: Mick Tsikas
The protester now dubbed ‘Egg Girl’ is a 25-year-old who was campaigning against refugees on Manus Island. Picture: Mick Tsikas

Seconds later, security officers tackled her in a headlock and dragged her from the PM's vicinity, then as she stood up, walked her from the venue.

The woman appeared to have struck the PM on the head, but the egg didn't break.

This gave rise to comments on social media that it was either hard-boiled or that Scott Morrison's head wasn't hard enough.

In audio captured after the incident and played on the Ray Hadley Morning Show, Egg Girl spoke to two reporters including Macquarie National News political editor Michael Pachi.

"Why did you knock over an old lady and throw an egg at the Prime Minister?" one reporter asked her shortly afterwards.

"Didn't knock over an old lady so there's the first lie to be spun out of that," she replied.

"But why did you think it was necessary to come and egg the Prime Minister," Pachi asked.

"What's the Prime Minister done wrong to make you want to commit this kind of aggressive act against him?" the other reporter said.

"Aggressive?" the woman replied. "This is the most harmless thing you can do."

"What throw an egg at a Prime Minister?" Mr Pachi said.

"You guys are idiots," Egg Girl laughed. "Get me off the camera."

"But why does he deserve it? You could at least give us an explanation," Pachi asked.

"He deserves it, he deserves a lot worse actually … Just go on Google and follow his Twitter, whatever. You tell me. It f***ing speaks for itself," she added.

"Have you seen his video to Manus Island?"

The moment just before Scott Morrison is almost egged.
The moment just before Scott Morrison is almost egged.

The PM responded quickly to the attack on Twitter, saying he will "stand up to thuggery" of "cowardly activists".

He said "our farmers have to put up with these same idiots who are invading their homes and farms",

This gave rise to chatter on Twitter that it was vegans who staged the recent farm invasions and that a vegan - who by definition doesn't eat eggs - wouldn't have protested with one.

The protest follows the egging of conservative politician Senator Fraser Anning who made blamed Muslim migrants in the wake of the Christchurch mosque massacres.

The protester in that case was dubbed "Egg Boy" and became something of a global folk hero.

The 17-year-old named Egg Boy, Will Connolly, did manage to break an egg on the head of Anning but avoided criminal charges and received a caution.

Senator Anning also avoided being charged for striking Connolly, but a man who attacked him in the immediate aftermath of the egging was charged with assaulting the teenager.

candace.sutton@news.com.au

 

The white sleeved hand of the alleged protester can bee seen behind Scomo's head as she knock him but fails to crack the egg.
The white sleeved hand of the alleged protester can bee seen behind Scomo's head as she knock him but fails to crack the egg.
Morrison looks as security men move in to grab the woman protester.
Morrison looks as security men move in to grab the woman protester.
A security man gets the protesting woman into a headlock.
A security man gets the protesting woman into a headlock.
The protester (in white shirt and maroon beanie) is walked out of the event by security men.
The protester (in white shirt and maroon beanie) is walked out of the event by security men.