19-Year-Old Man Charged After Assaulting News Photographer At Fraser Anning Press Conference

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26 April 2019

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A 19-year-old man has been charged after assaulting a news photographer at a press conference in Sydney's south. 

A News Corp Australia photographer had his t-shirt ripped during the confrontation involving the man. 

Senator Anning was in Cronulla on Friday to announce the Conservative National Party candidate for the prime minister's seat of Cook and part of his NSW ticket for the Senate. The 69-year-old called for a ban on "bringing any more Muslims or Sudanese into the country".

He was pressed by journalists over his claims that locals were being "bashed and attacked".

"You live in a make-believe world," one of the senator's supporters yelled at News journalist

News photographer Dylan Robinson followed him and attempted to take his photo before the young man pushed the camera away and lashed out at Robinson.

The man was arrested and taken to Sutherland Police Station.  He has been charged with common assault, intimidation and behave in an offensive manner.

Video footage shows the 19-year-old attempting to hit the photographer in the face several times. The latter's shirt was ripped before the pair was separated.

Senator Anning was not in the vicinity at the time but was waiting on the opposite side of the park.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said there was "no place in Australian politics" for the violence seen in Cronulla on Friday.

"I find it absolutely appalling .... (Senator Anning) is placed last on my ticket and our party's ticket," the Liberal leader said.

The media union later stated: "It is unacceptable in a democracy for journalists to be physically threatened or assaulted in the course of doing their job."

IOfficers were quickly on the scene and the man was arrested and taken to Sutherland police station for questioning. NSW Police say he's "likely to be charged".

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said there was "no place in Australian politics" for the violence seen in Cronulla on Friday.

"I find it absolutely appalling .... (Senator Anning) is placed last on my ticket and our party's ticket," the Liberal leader said.

The media union later stated: "It is unacceptable in a democracy for journalists to be physically threatened or assaulted in the course of doing their job."

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