In a daring move a protester attacked former Prime Minister John Howard on last night’s interactive Q&A program.

The Hunter Valley man has defended his actions and makes no apologies to Mr Howard.

Christie Delizo reports.

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TRANSCRIPT

Last night on the ABC, the former Prime Minister John Howard was attacked by an audience member who threw both of his shoes at him during the discussion.

Peter Gray was incensed by Mr Howard’s responses relating to the war in Iraq and his defence of Australia’s participation in the Iraq invasion.

Peter Gray, Shoe Thrower: “This is for the Iraqi dead and this is for the Iraqi living.”

In a face-off of a different kind former Guantanamo Bay detainee, David Hicks asked the Mr Howard why he’d been left imprisoned for five and a half years, without any support from the Australian Government.

David Hicks, Former Guantanamo Bay Detainee: “I was denied a fair trial, I was tortured. Do you believe I was treated humanely, and that the military commission was a fair system?”

Mister Howard defended his actions and decisions.

John Howard, Former Prime Minister: “I think the idea that we should see him as a hero is completely misplaced.”

However Mr Howard’s successor applauded his handling of both attacks.

Tony Abbott, Opposition Leader: “I think it shows what a class act the former Prime Minister is.”

Christie Delizo, QUT News.