QUEENSLAND senator Fraser Anning has been caught on camera smacking a teenage boy in the face twice after he cracked an egg over his head at a press conference in Melbourne.
The ugly scenes unfolded at a public event in Moorabbin on Saturday afternoon and comes after the Senator released a statement blaming the Christchurch massacre on immigration.
Footage of the incident shows a 17-year-old boy calmly walk up behind the Senator, pull out his phone and start recording before smashing an egg over his head in protest of the controversial comments.
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“You’re a racist!” the teen can be heard calling the Senator.
The 69-year-old politician then turns around and smacks the boy in the face before taking a second swing at the teen.
“Come here you f***ing mongrel,” Senator Anning is heard saying as he reaches for the boy.
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Several of Anning’s supporters intervened tackled the boy to the ground while the Senator slipped out a side door.
One man can be seen grabbing the teen around the throat and placing him in a choke-hold.
Five men held the boy down on the floor until police arrived.
Victoria Police released a statement, confirming the teen was arrested but later released without charge.
“Police arrested a 17-year-old male from Hampton after he allegedly threw an egg at a 69-year-old Brisbane man at an address in Moorabbin this afternoon during a planned meeting,” Victoria Police said.
Anning was speaking to media and reportedly talking about “fake refugees” and the “threat of immigration” when the violence broke out.
The incident comes after the Senator issued a statement on Friday afternoon, shortly after the attacks in New Zealand, blaming the massacre on “the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place”.
His controversial comments were widely condemned, including by Prime Minister Scott Morrison who described his statement as “disgusting”.
“The remarks by Senator Fraser Anning blaming the murderous attacks by a violent, right-wing, extremist terrorist in New Zealand on immigration are disgusting,” Morrison tweeted.
“Those views have no place in Australia, let alone the Australian parliament.”
Mr Morrison today announced the Coalition and Labor would pass a motion censuring Senator Anning for the statement when Parliament returns next month.
Earlier on Saturday, Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton instructed Senator Anning not to make any further public comment on the matter.
“Earlier today I called Senator Anning and asked him not to make any public comment today,” Mr Dutton said on Twitter.
“Inciting a volatile situation is not in anyone’s interest. His statement yesterday has been rightly condemned.
“It is in everyone’s best interest for Senator Anning to make no further statements on this matter.”
— 9News Melbourne (@9NewsMelb) March 16, 2019
Christchurch Terror: A 17-year-old boy was arrested after allegedly throwing an egg at Senator @fraser_anning at a speaking event at Moorabbin in Melbourne today. The teenager has since been released pending further inquiries. #auspol #7News pic.twitter.com/5AkuaiEhKO
— 7NEWS Sydney (@7NewsSydney) March 16, 2019
— Henry Belot (@Henry_Belot) March 16, 2019