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Controversial Australian lawmaker 'egged' after comments on New Zealand mass shooting

18 March 2019

On Saturday, while the senator was speaking to media at a far-right rally in Moorabbin, Melbourne, Connolly - now commonly referred to in the media and online as Egg Boy - smashed an egg on Anning's head.

Footage of the incident shows a young man watching Senator Anning from the sidelines before he starts filming with his mobile phone, and then smashes the egg on the back of the senator's head.

"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.

Calls to Anning's electoral and parliamentary offices went unanswered on Sunday.

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison at a media briefing
Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison at a media briefing

A GoFundMe page set up on behalf of the teenager has raised more than $13,000, far exceeding the original $2,000 goal.

Former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull wrote: "Fraser Anning's comments today are contemptible".

Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, was charged with murder on Saturday after 49 people were killed and dozens wounded in mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques.

"Those views have no place in Australia, let alone the Australian Parliament", Morrison said. No motive was offered for the egg attack.

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Furthermore, a petition to have Senator Anning removed from the Australian Parliament has received more than 250,000 signatures.

The government and Labor are planning a bipartisan motion condemning Senator Fraser Anning.

The shooting has prompted Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to review gun laws in the country.

The creator of the fundraiser said Will has "committed to sending a majority of the money to the victims of the Christchurch terrorist attack".

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But the reaction of Anning and his team has prompted outrage on social media, with the young boy getting physically and verbally assaulted in the aftermath of the incident.

Mr Bidiri said it was "disturbing to see someone in the senate who's meant to be representing my country have that much hate towards people of my faith and people who have come to Australia for a better future".

At the same moment, supporters of Anning tackled the boy and pinned him to the ground.

"Fraser Anning, under the banner of Senator, made multiple offensive statements about (the Christchurch attack)".

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Controversial Australian lawmaker 'egged' after comments on New Zealand mass shooting