Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Image

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison was egged while campaigning Tuesday, 11 days out from the country's federal election.

Details: Police said they'd arrested a 25-year-old woman over the incident — which Morrison described as "thuggery" — at a Country Women's Association event in Albury, New South Wales. She's been charged with common assault and drug possession, after police found cannabis on her, Reuters reports.

The big picture: Journalists on the scene report the woman said she was protesting the Australian treatment of refugees on Manus Island. Some are stranded on the South Pacific island, despite Australia's offshore immigration detention center there closing in 2017.

What they're saying: The woman said Morrison "deserved" the egging, according to The Australian newspaper journalist Greg Brown. "She denied it was an aggressive act," he said. "It was the most harmless thing you can do,” he quoted her as saying.

What's next? The woman, who NSW police declined to identify, was released on bail and is due to appear in court on May 27.

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