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Katherine Deves’ politics in pub event ends in assault charge

A man will face court on an assault charge next month after an alleged pub brawl at a Liberal party event for controversial candidate Katherine Deves.

The incident occurred at the Forestville RSL where Ms Deves had been billed to speak alongside federal MP for Mackellar, Jason Falinski.

The 67-year-old is accused of yelling at and behaving aggressively towards Ms Deves’s volunteer.

“I’ve never done anything like that in my life,’’ News.com.au reported him saying.

“I am 66. It’s the first time I’ve actually been thrown out of any venue that serves alcohol in my life.

“My son works in mental health. He’s 29. He works with kids 12 to 25 and he said ‘this just caused a s***storm for us’.

“It’s upsetting everyone. And to compare them with the f**king Nazis for Christ’s sakes. She is a disgrace.”

He was a volunteer for an independent candidate in Mackellar but has since been dumped for the role.

A police spokeswoman told The Daily Telegraph the man was issued with a court attendance notice for the offence of common assault.

“The man was escorted from the premises,” she said.

Pub Politics
Camera IconKatherine Deves arrives at the politics at the pub event at Forestville RSL in Sydney. Nikki Short Credit: News Corp Australia

He will appear at Manly Local Court on May 25.

Ms Deves, who was hand-picked by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, has come under fire over a series of now-deleted comments about transgender people.

She had sought to avoid journalists at the ‘politics in the pub’ event on Sydney’s northern beaches on Friday evening.

A staffer at the RSL said they had been instructed by the Liberal party not to let media in.

The media were told by the Liberal staffer to wait outside, where Ms Deves would be making a statement on her way in.

But after almost 30 minutes after the event was scheduled to begin, Ms Deves’ white escort vehicle sped quickly towards the entrance of the building.

Stopping just short of the door, she walked quickly out, made a statement, before brushing off questions from reporters.

Mr Morrison has repeatedly said he would not dump her as the candidate for Warringah despite the public backlash.

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