The attack on former Prime Minister Abbott in Hobart as he left the Mercury building has reinforced why Australians value the 'sanctity' of a postal ballot.
That's the view expressed by Australian Conservatives founder and leading 'No' campaigner, Senator Cory Bernardi, in reaction to news about the Hobart incident.
Speaking from Perth - where Senator Bernardi headlined another No campaign launch - he said:
"It's little wonder that so many Australians feel bullied into acquiescence and I suspect that given the sanctity of the postal ballot a number of them will be deciding no," Senator Bernardi said, "There is a militant extreme in the ‘Yes’ campaign that is completely intolerant and disrespectful of anyone who disagrees with their views."
Senator Bernardi said the attack made him mindful of his own safety.
"I'll take my chances (campaigning) and if they want to have a crack and we'll see how that ends up," he said.