Fight Breaks Out At Fraser Anning Press Conference
A man has been charged after an altercation at Senator Fraser Anning's press conference in Sydney on Friday morning.
Police told 10 daily a 19-year-old man became involved in a physical altercation with a male cameraman during the press conference at Cronulla's Dunningham Park.
10 daily understands a disparaging remark was made about News Corp journalist Eliza Barr, and when photographer Dylan Robinson stepped in, a fight broke out.
NSW Police later confirmed the 19-year-old man, from Randwick, is alleged to "have made intimidating comments to a female journalist".
Robinson "had his equipment knocked to the ground and his shirt ripped during the alleged assault", police said.
Footage of the scuffle shows the 19-year-old ripping Robinson's shirt before two people intervene and break up the fight.
Anning was in the suburb to announce Peter Kelly as his candidate for the seat of Cook, alongside a number of Senate candidates.
The man was been arrested and taken to Sutherland Police Station.
He was charged on Friday afternoon with common assault, intimidation and behaving in an offensive manner, and will appear in local court next month.
Asked about the incident at his own press conference on Friday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he had "not minced his words" when it came to condemning the anti-Islamic and racist behaviour of Anning.
He insisted Anning was placed last on the Liberal Party ticket ahead of the federal election.
"That type of behaviour has no place in Australia, that type of violence that we've seen today," Morrison said.
"I'm glad our local police and security people down in the Shire have taken that matter into hand."
"People should be able to go to work, whether you're a photographer or anyone else, and not be subjected to that sort of violence. And I find it absolutely appalling."
Anning's office has been contacted for comment. The Senator will be addressing media on the incident later Friday afternoon.
The Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance union condemned the incident, saying that it is "unacceptable in a democracy for journalists to be physically threatened or assaulted in the course of doing their job."
Fraser Anning's press conferences are not without drama. In an unrelated incident earlier this year, Anning was egged by teenager Will Connolly at a conference in Melbourne. Connolly was then tackled to the ground and restrained by a number of Anning's supporters.
After extensive inquiries, Victoria Police chose not to charge either Anning or Connolly, but did charge a 20-year-old man over allegedly kicking Connolly a number of times while he was on the ground.