Former MP Tim Wilson has clashed with a representative of Victorian federal MP Zoe Daniel at an ANZAC service in Melbourne.
Wilson attended the Anzac service to lay a wreath after it was announced that Daniel would not be attending the event.
Footage of the incident was captured and shared on Twitter by journalist Lucie Morris-Marr, who attended the event on Sunday.
#breaking An official rep for @zdaniel has clashed angrily with @TimWilsonMP after an ANZAC March and service in Beaumaris, Melbourne, after Wilson came forward & laid a wreath which the MC had just announced would be laid by the representative for Daniels as she was absent. pic.twitter.com/VBOEwFX07w
— Lucie Morris-Marr (@luciemorrismarr) April 23, 2023
In the video, Daniel’s representative says that Wilson’s actions were “inappropriate and ridiculous.”
Wilson responded by calling out Daniel’s absence at the event, saying that it’s inappropriate that “the federal member for Goldstein isn’t at an ANZAC Day service in her community.”
In response to the incident, Daniel told RN Breakfast that it was organised that Peter, her representative would lay the wreath and that Wilson would not give it back.
“I’m told that the former federal member for Goldstein took the wreath and would not return it to my volunteer,” she said.
Wilson was a former MP for the electorate of Goldstein, however, lost his seat in the 2022 Australian federal election to Daniel.
Despite the actions of Mr Wilson, Ms Daniel applauded her representative’s actions in relation to the event.
“I think it’s sad, actually what happened,” she said.
“but at the end of the day, you know, it was a good faith gesture on my part to send a wreath to lay, and it was a good faith gesture on Peter’s part to attend to lay it.
Wilson defended his actions on Twitter.
“It was only done because I was handed the wreath. It was not sought. Turning it down would have been disrespectful,” he said.
Photo: By Tim Wilson by Australian Human Rights Commission can be found HERE. The photo is used under a creative commons license and has not been modified.