Melbourne: A white bread sandwich was hurled at Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard during a visit to a high school in Canberra, an incident she laughed off by saying the thrower "must have thought I was hungry."

Gillard was walking in a packed foyer of the Lyneham High School when the sandwich was thrown at her, according to media reports.

While she was making an announcement a salami sandwich was thrown by an unknown person.

"It was lobbed from behind, over the top of her head, and landed at her feet," the report said.

When asked if she was disappointed about the incident, Gillard said and joked that the thrower "must have thought I was hungry."

This was the second sandwich throwing incident faced by Gillard in recent weeks.

A 16-year-old student was suspended for 15 days for hurling a sandwich at Gillard in Marsden State High School, south of Brisbane, earlier this month.

(Agencies)

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