Former prime minister Kevin Rudd has avoided the family of a victim of his government's home insulation scheme, who were protesting at a booth where he had arranged to vote.
Russell Blyth and Andrew and Cassandra Oliver lost their nephew Matthew Fuller, 24, when he was electrocuted while installing insulation on October 14, 2009.
His girlfriend Monique Pridmore, 20, also had her leg blasted in the accident.
The trio held giant posters with photos of Matthew saying "killed" and "lives lost" outside the Uniting Church polling booth in Norman Park on Saturday.
Mr Rudd had arranged to vote there at 1pm but instead voted at Norman Park State School to escape the protesters and the waiting media.
His spokesman, Patrick Gorman, said it was a case of logistics and denied that Mr Rudd had tried to avoid the family.
Earlier an Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) official asked the family to move six metres away from the entrance to the polling booth, but they stood their ground.
Mr Blyth told the media that they had a right to protest.
"Mr Rudd shouldn't be a frontbencher or a backbencher, he shouldn't be in charge of a grain of rice," he said.
Mr Blyth said he wanted an apology from Mr Rudd for not acting sooner to prevent more deaths.
The family told reporters they had been bullied and spat on by Labor volunteers at another polling booth in Mr Rudd's electorate at Bulimba and an AEC official approached the family there as well.