Abbott fan tackled after gate-crashing stage

10:41pm September 7, 2013
September 07, 2013: A man was tackled to the ground after Tony Abbott’s acceptance speech when he crashed the stage and approached the new Prime Minister and his family.

Tony Abbott’s election party has been gate-crashed by an overly enthusiastic supporter who was tackled to the ground moments after the incoming PM’s victory speech.

Shortly after addressing the 800-strong crowd of Liberal faithful at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney, Mr Abbott invited his wife and three daughters to the stage.

But the celebration was marred by a security breach which saw an intruder walk right up to the Abbotts.

Video captured by Nine News cameras and broadcast on live TV shows a man holding a clipboard edging closer to the first family as they waved to the crowd.

Seconds later the PM-in-waiting’s security cordon pounced, tackling the man to the ground by security and sending flags flying.

The man, whose identity is not yet known, was then removed from the stage.

Mr Abbott earlier claimed victory in the election and promised that Australia was "open for business" in a 10-minute speech promising a competent and trustworthy government.

Mr Rudd conceded defeat and revealed he will not stay on as Labor leader.

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