Australia’s richest person has been spotted passing out meat pies to Liberal voters in a marginal seat ‘seriously threatened’ by a popular Teal candidate.
Mining magnate Gina Rinehart was seen stepping out of a white SUV in Ryde, on Sydney’s exclusive north shore, holding a large white box on Saturday afternoon.
The West Australian billionaire was hand-delivering meat pies to Liberal voters in support of MP for Lane Cove and personal friend Anthony Roberts.
It’s not the first time the politician has received pies from the magnate, having received a similar care package from Ms Rinehart during the Covid lockdown.
Mining magnate Gina Rinehart was seen stepping out of a white SUV in Ryde, on Sydney’s north shore, holding a large white box on Saturday afternoon (pictured)
The West Australian billionaire handed out meat pies to Liberal voters in support of MP for Lane Cove and personal friend Anthony Roberts (pictured left on Saturday)
The billionaire sent the current Minister of Planning a box of artisan pies all the way from Adelaide after learning the politician was in isolation.
‘Gina sent me a care package. I got a box of Kidman Pies sent to me from Adelaide,’ Mr Roberts told the Sunday Telegraph at the time.
‘There was enough here to last me to the end.’
However, not everyone welcomed the billionaire at polling booths on Saturday.
‘Ok – not much shocks me anymore with #auspol but I’m hearing that Gina Rinehart turned up in a few locations around Lane Cove handing out meat pies to Liberal people in support of Anthony Roberts,’ one woman tweeted.
‘They must be very worried. Extraordinary.’
It comes as Mr Roberts goes head-to-head with popular Independent candidate Victoria Davidson as they battle it out for the seat of Lane Cove in Sydney’s north.
It comes as Mr Roberts goes head-to-head with popular Independent candidate Victoria Davidson (pictured) for the seat of Ryde in Sydney’s north shore
Liberal candidate Anthony Roberts (foreground) standing in front of his army of campaign workers earlier this week
The seat is held by Mr Roberts by just 14 per cent, meaning his hold over the electorate is being seriously threatened by his Teal opponent.
The battle in Sydney’s north shore has not been without drama, with a volunteer for Ms Davidson allegedly reported to police after lashing out at Liberal supporters.
The vicious dispute, which was caught on video, erupted after Liberal volunteers arrived early on Thursday morning to seize the prime spots to display corflutes for Mr Roberts outside the Lane Cove Council Civic Centre.
When Noel Plumb, a volunteer for Independent candidate Victoria Davidson, arrived at 6.30am, he was incensed to see the best spots gone.
He then allegedly threatened to tear down Mr Roberts’ posters prompting Liberal campaign worker, Ben Collins, began to film the volunteer on his phone.
One clip shows Mr Plumb marching up to Mr Collins’ camera angrily yelling ‘don’t you dare photograph me’ before the screen goes black.
When Noel Plumb, a volunteer for Independent candidate Victoria Davidson, arrived at 6.30am, he was incensed to see the best spots had been taken by Liberal posters
Liberal volunteers Ben Collins and Rory Burke (wearing blue t-shirts) arrived outside Lane Cove Council chamber early on Thursday to put Anthony Roberts’ posters inn the best spots. Mr Collins (left) filmed rival volunteer Noel Plumb allegedly acting aggressively
Mr Burke alleged to Daily Mail Australia that the angry volunteer had threatened to rip the posters down and said they would need ‘physical violence’ to stop him.
‘You can’t just rock up and demand other parties take down their material, that’s not the rules of engagement. The rules are the first people to get there can put their posters wherever they want,’ he said.
‘If you don’t want to get up early and do the hard work then you won’t get rewarded.’
A spokesperson for Victoria Davidson’s office confirmed in a statement that a ’70 year old’ volunteer was involved in a dispute with two representatives of the NSW Liberal Party ‘over equitable allocation of space for election materials’.
NSW Police said in a statement they were investigating a report about ‘an alleged altercation’ outside a community centre in Lane Cove on Thursday at 6.40am.
‘There were no reports of any injuries,’ police said. ‘Inquiries are continuing.’
Post source: Daily mail