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Daughter of crossbench MP attacked, injured amid pandemic bill debate

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The daughter of a key Victorian crossbench MP has been violently attacked in the street following protest ‘threats’.

Animal Justice Party MP Andy Meddick said his “worst fears had turned into reality” with the attack on his 25-year-old daughter.

“Last night, my beautiful daughter Kielan was attacked in the street. I was with her in hospital until the early hours,” he said on Friday.

“My deepest gratitude is with those nearby who helped her when she was most in need, and to the wonderful carers and health workers who have treated her since.

“She will be OK – but it will take time.”

Mr Meddick is one of several crossbench MPs in Victoria who have been crucial to the state government passing its controversial pandemic laws. He has previously spoken out about threats to his family and staff in the increasingly divisive debate on the legislation.

The Public Health and Wellbeing Amendment (Pandemic Management) Bill 2021, which was being debated in the Victorian upper house on Friday, gives the premier the power to declare a pandemic and extend it for three months at a time.

But there have been ugly protests against the bill – including Monday night, when a gallows was brought out and death threats were made against Premier Daniel Andrews.

The return of disgraced Labor MP Adem Somyurek earlier this week also sank the state government’s deal with the crossbenchers to pass the legislation. It has been forced into negotiations with eight other crossbench MPs to try to get the numbers to pass it into law.

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