Peter Dutton eats a Dagwood dog sausage at the Royal Queensland Show

The pictures of Peter Dutton you can’t miss: The political hardman gets saucy as he tucks into a traditional Australian Showtime snack

  • Opposition leader Peter Dutton pictured eating a sausage on Wednesday
  • Politician devoured a Dagwood dog at the Royal Queensland Show in Brisbane
  • The staunch conservative has been trying to brush up on his hardline image lately

Liberal leader Peter Dutton has a reputation as a political hardman, but he showed his softer side when he stuck himself into a Dagwood dog at a family event.

The former police officer and defense secretary enjoyed the tomato sauce-covered sausage at Ekka in Brisbane while attending the Royal Queensland Show on Wednesday.

He was snapped holding three of the famous snacks before devouring one and heading off to play carnival games.

Peter Dutton eats a Dagwood dog during a visit to the Royal Queensland Show at the Brisbane Showgrounds

Peter Dutton eats a Dagwood dog during a visit to the Royal Queensland Show at the Brisbane Showgrounds

Mr Dutton, a former police officer and defense secretary, enjoyed the sausage at Ekka in Brisbane while attending the Royal Queensland Show

Mr Dutton, a former police officer and defense secretary, enjoyed the sausage at Ekka in Brisbane while attending the Royal Queensland Show

Mr Dutton is just the latest politician to be pictured on camera at a meal.

Ex-PM Malcom Turnbull was famously caught eating a meat pie with a knife and fork while Tony Abbott bites into a raw onion.

Mr Dutton previously revealed he will show a softer, more caring side of his personality after assuming Liberal rule after the party’s disastrous election loss in May.

He said while the public has grown accustomed to seeing him in “tough portfolios” like defense and domestic politics, he hopes to show them he’s also a family man.

“I hope that now that the Australian public has said goodbye to such difficult portfolios, they can see the rest of my character, the side that my family, friends and colleagues see,” he said recently.

“The page my congregation sees where they voted me eight times. I’m from the suburbs and I’ve never changed my values ​​or forgotten where I came from.’

Ex-PM Malcom Turnbull was famously pictured with a knife while eating a meat pie

Ex-PM Malcom Turnbull was famously pictured with a knife while eating a meat pie

Bill Shorten and his wife Chloe eat a sausage after casting their vote at Moonee Ponds West Primary School in Melbourne in 2019

Bill Shorten and his wife Chloe eat a sausage after casting their vote at Moonee Ponds West Primary School in Melbourne in 2019

Ex-PM Tony Abbott eats a sausage on bread at a community barbecue in August 2010

Ex-PM Tony Abbott eats a sausage on bread at a community barbecue in August 2010

His wife Kirilly, a successful businesswoman, gave an insight into him and revealed that he has a “great sense of humour”.

She said he is incredibly compassionate, especially when it comes to protecting women and children.

“He hides much of his emotions from the public, but what upsets him the most is reports that children or women are being sexually abused or harmed. That comes from his time as a police officer in the area, of course, but also because he’s the eldest of five children who grew up in the suburbs,” she said.

The couple have two sons, Harry, 17, and Tom, 16, and Mr Dutton also has a daughter, Rebecca, 20, from their first marriage.

Ms Dutton said he was a “great dad and the kids adore him”.

Mr Dutton (pictured with family) previously revealed he will show a softer, more caring side of his personality after assuming rule over the Liberals following the party's disastrous election loss in May.

Mr Dutton (pictured with family) previously revealed he will show a softer, more caring side of his personality after assuming rule over the Liberals following the party’s disastrous election loss in May.

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