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Michael Pachi on witnessing ex-diplomat ‘manhandled’ by PM’s security

Neil Breen
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A former high commissioner to the Solomon Island claims he was “manhandled” by the Prime Minister’s security team. 

Trevor Sofield attempted to talk to Scott Morrison during a stop at a dairy door in regional Tasmania but was blocked by security.

He told media at the location he wanted to express his disappointment at Australia’s mishandling of the Solomon Islands’ security pact with China.

4BC’s political editor Michael Pachi, who was at the event, told Neil Breen Mr Sofield had been asked to leave the premises.

“He came outside and then gave us his version of events,” Pachi said.

“But look, you know, I suppose one of the problems of these campaigns is they’re so tightly managed, whether you’re on the Liberal side or the Labor side.

“So when these sorts of things do occur, they do end up becoming stories and take on a life of their own.”

Press PLAY below to hear Michael Pachi recount the events

Image: Lanai Scarr / Twitter

Neil Breen
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