A man who was tackled by security after crashing the stage during Tony Abbott's victory speech claims he had been talking with the prime minister-elect about running for a seat in parliament.
The man, who identified himself as Twiggy Palmcock, caused a scene as he joined the PM-in-waiting and his family on stage at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney last night after the Liberal Party stormed to victory in the federal election.
Nine News footage shows the man clapping his red clip board wildly, waving and smiling at the crowd and seemingly enjoying his minute of fame with the Abbotts, before security intervened, crash-tackling him into Australian flags and off the stage.
He had earlier come within metres of former prime minister John Howard and attempted to be photographed with Abbott’s daughter, Louise.
Many in the crowd thought he was her boyfriend, Stefano, News Limited reports.
The intruder had reportedly made a wristband out of Starbust wrappers to enter the invite-only event.
"I just walked through the door with my yellow wrist band,” he said, adding that security was "very happy with the design of the tag".
He claimed he had "a private chat about me running for the next federal member for Greenway".
"After a small chat with Tony, they respectfully escorted me off stage," he was quoted as saying.
But footage shows him being wrestled off stage before a puzzled crowd, many wondering why it took security so long to respond to the breach.
Liberal Senator Mathias Cormann said the incident was "weird".
"He shouldn’t have been there, it looked as though he was officially, obviously he wasn’t, that was a bit of a worry," he said.
Author: Matt Khoury, Approving editor: Fiona Willan