Mr Albanese's rallying speech followed ugly confrontations with pro-Palestine protesters, who clashed with police and delegates as they attended (pictured)

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has made an appearance at the Victoria ALP Conference after ugly confrontations between pro-Palestine protesters, police and delegates sent the venue into lockdown.

The PM addressed delegates at the conference saying a one-word answer he gave a journalist ahead of the last election sent the opposition off the ‘deep end’. 

‘I was asked if I would support an increase in the minimum wage of $1 an hour. I gave a one-word answer: absolutely,’ Mr Albanese said.

‘That one word, the very idea that the lowest paid workers in Australia should not go backwards, that was enough to send the Liberal Party and some of their cheer squad in the media right off the deep ends. 

Mr Albanese's rallying speech followed ugly confrontations with pro-Palestine protesters, who clashed with police and delegates as they attended (pictured)

Mr Albanese’s rallying speech followed ugly confrontations with pro-Palestine protesters, who clashed with police and delegates as they attended (pictured)

Protesters were seen shoving and pushing as they made their way into the conference

Protesters were seen shoving and pushing as they made their way into the conference

Some politicians attending the event had to be escorted into the venue by police officers

Some politicians attending the event had to be escorted into the venue by police officers

‘They said it was loose, they said it was irresponsible, they said the sky would fall in and the economy would shut down, in other words they said what the Liberal Party would always say when there’s a change to improve people’s wages and conditions or workplace safety or job security.’

The PM said the ‘no-alition’ said no every time and they were wrong as more than 800,000 jobs had been created since they came into power and a record for a first term government.

His rallying speech followed ugly confrontations with pro-Palestine protesters, who clashed with police and delegates as they attended.

Protesters could be seen shoving and pushing people as they make their way through the crowd into the conference – some of which included MPs and Labor delegates, who were met with abuse upon arriving.

Others had to be escorted into the venue by police.

A video posted to X shows hundreds of protesters storm a building where the conference is taking place with people inside the building chanting, ‘Free, free, Palestine,’ and banging on walls.

Victorian Premier Jacinta Allan condemned the actions of the protesters in a statement posted to X, saying she was ‘disgusted’ by their violence. 

‘Today, protestors and intruders brought violence, homophobia and anti-Semitism to the front door of state conference,’ she wrote at 1.25pm on Saturday. 

‘I’m disgusted. No one should be cowered by these bullies. 

‘As Premier, my priority is a cohesive society where all Victorians feel safe and respected. That’s what I’m fighting for.’

MPs and delegates were met with abuse from the protesters as they arrived at the venue

MPs and delegates were met with abuse from the protesters as they arrived at the venue

Mr Albanese claimed his one-word answer to a question about the minimum wage had sent the 'no-alition' off the 'deep end' (he is pictured at the 2024 Victorian Labor state conference)

Mr Albanese claimed his one-word answer to a question about the minimum wage had sent the ‘no-alition’ off the ‘deep end’ (he is pictured at the 2024 Victorian Labor state conference)

It is understood security had to put the building into lockdown, moving delegates to a secure area after the protesters stormed the building.

Outside the conference protesters try to disrupt the conference by chanting pro-Palestine messages through megaphones.

A Victoria Police confirmed that no arrests had been made but they would also be at the racecourse tomorrow when the conference continues for a second day. 

‘A group of protesters entered the gates to a venue on Feehan Ave this morning and were moved on without incident,’ the spokesperson said.

‘Our priority is the safety of the community and officers will ensure there are no breaches of the peace.’

Senator Lidia Thorpe spoke at the rally while the conference was taking place inside a building at the racecourse (she is pictured at the rally)

Senator Lidia Thorpe spoke at the rally while the conference was taking place inside a building at the racecourse (she is pictured at the rally)

Protesters included union and community groups which have called on the Victorian Government to end its ties with Israel.

In a statement released on social media, Trade Unionists for Palestine said they were protesting against the Albanese’s Government’s $917m defence contract with Israel and wanted the state government to end a partnership with an Israeli arms manufacturer.

‘Trade Unionists for Palestine stand with dissenters in the ALP such as Senator Fatima Payman who recently broke ranks with party line and called Israel’s attack on Gaza what it is, a genocide,’ the statement said. 

‘Despite Payman’s statement and growing disquiet in Labor rank and file, ALP governments stand shamefully on the wrong side of history in failing to condemn Israel’s actions including war crimes committed on the Palestinian people.’

Senator Lidia Thorpe spoke at the rally while the conference was taking place inside a building at the racecourse.

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