Dramatic footage has emerged of the moment a Victorian MP’s daughter begs for help inside a Melbourne bar as she flees a street attack which left with a gaping head wound.
Kielan Maddick, 26 – whose father, Animal Justice Party leader Andy Meddick, backs Dan Andrews’ emergency Covid laws – was hit on the head with a spray can and chased down the road.
Security camera footage shows her clutching her head as she escapes, running into the nearby 86 Bar where she collapses on the floor as staff quickly lock the doors behind her.
Ms Maddick was later taken to hospital where she received three stitches to the 3cm cut on her head.
She later posted on Instagram that she had been targeted by the mystery attacker for being ‘political’ on Smith Street in the inner northern suburb of Fitzroy.
Kielan Maddick, 26, (pictured) – whose father, Animal Justice Party leader Andy Meddick, backs Dan Andrews – was hit on the head with a spray can and chased down the road
The video clip shows her clutching her head as she escapes, running into the nearby 86 Bar where she collapses on the floor as staff quickly lock the doors behind her (pictured)
And her father said he believes his daughter was ambushed because he supported the Victorian premier’s proposed controversial laws to manage pandemics.
However, police have since cast doubt on that, saying the attack did not appear to be political.
‘Investigators have been told a 25-year-old woman was spray painting over a poster on Smith Street when she was approached by an unknown man about 11pm,’ the statement said.
‘The pair had an argument before the woman threw the spray can towards the man as she attempted to leave the scene.
‘The man followed the woman and threw the spray can which struck her in the back of the head.
Kielan Meddick, 26, was attacked on Smith Street in Fitzroy on Thursday night
Ms Meddick screamed for help before running into bar 86 (pictured) in Melbourne’s Fitzroy
‘The man left the scene as staff from a nearby venue rendered assistance to the woman before she attended hospital for treatment to minor injuries.’
In a series of Instagram posts, Ms Meddick said she was attacked by a man on Smith Street in Fitzroy for being ‘political’.
The illustrator and photographer screamed for help before running into the bar where staff treated her wound which required stitches and glue in hospital.
‘I’m home safe now, thank you so much for all the support,’ Ms Meddick said in her social media post.
Animal Justice MP Andy Meddick (pictured) said his daughter was attacked because he supports Daniel Andrews’ controversial proposed laws to manage pandemics
Her father has received threats since announcing he supports Mr Andrews’ new laws to manage pandemics.
The laws, which have stalled in Victoria’s upper house as the Goverment struggles to get the numbers it needs, would give the premier unprecedented powers.
The move would let the health minister make ‘any order’ he deems reasonably necessary’ which could include lockdowns, vaccine mandates, enforced mask-wearing and much more, with fines of up to $454,350 for rule-breakers.
Critics say the proposed laws are an ‘over-reach’ and ‘extreme’ and has sparked angry protests in the city including a major protest on Saturday.
Mr Meddick is one of three crossbench MPs who support the laws.
Kielan Meddick, 26, posted on Instagram that she had been chased down and attacked by a man for being ‘political’ on Smith Street in Fitzroy. She thanked bar staff for helping her
In a statement, he said: ‘I have reason to believe this could be linked to my role as an MP and the positions I have taken on the pandemic response.
The MP said he has been ‘desperately worried’ about ‘comments, threats and intimidation’ that have been made against his family, staff and colleagues since he announced his support for the government’s pandemic bill.
‘My worst fears have been turned into a reality,’ he said.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the incident was ‘an attack on democracy’.
‘This is not on. It has no place in Australia. I join with all Australians in unequivocally condemning these actions. This is not just an attack on an innocent person but an attack on our very democracy. My thoughts – and those of all Australians – are with you Andy and your family,’ he wrote on Twitter.
On Monday evening protesters staged a mock execution of the premier using wooden gallows.
A demonstrator is seen with a Daniel Andrews poster at a protest in Melbourne
Some protesters (pictured last week) held three nooses as they rallied against the proposed bill in possible reference to the three crossbench MPs who decide whether the bill passes
What are the main concerns with Daniel Andrews’ pandemic bill?
No definition of a pandemic
Broad powers to the Health Minister to make ‘any order’
Reasons for detaining someone not defined
‘Breathtakingly broad’ powers to public officials to enforce laws
Allows orders such as lockdowns to apply to people based on political views or association
Health advice does not have to be published until 14 days after decision
Rules that breach human rights laws may not be invalidated and overturned
Source: Victorian Bar
Demonstrators at a protest on Saturday carried three nooses in an apparent reference to crossbenchers who have supported the bill.
Mr Meddick thanked the people who helped his daughter and the carers and health workers who treated her in hospital. She has since been discharged.
‘She will be ok – but it will take time,’ he said.
The MP said the police are investigating the attack and asked people to respect his family’s privacy.
‘I do also ask that people understand and respect the fact that comments, insults, intimidation and incitement can all have very real and absolutely devastating consequences.’
Mr Meddick had previously revealed protesters had targeted his house.
‘It’s a genuine fear… that we will see re-enactments of what has occurred in the UK where MPs are actually killed and this is something that I’m desperately trying to avoid,’ he said at the time.
Last year Mr Meddick announced the ‘birth’ of Kielan in a Twitter post.
‘Our eldest Kielan has been on a unique and personal journey that (with permission of course) I’m now proud to share with you all,’ he wrote.
‘I’d like to announce the arrival of my daughter Kielan, aged 25 years. Both of our children are trans, and both are perfect.’
It comes after Mr Andrews accused Scott Morrison of failing to properly condemn the Melbourne protesters who have made death threats against the premier.
Mr Morrison did not condemn them until Thursday when he said ‘threats and intimidation has no place in Australia’ – but in the next breath said people are frustrated because governments have been ‘telling Australians what to do’.
The comments prompted anger from Mr Andrews who accused the Prime Minister of pandering to anti-vaxxers to get their votes.
‘I’m not about chasing, through doublespeak, the votes of extremists or their preferences,’ Mr Andrews told Nine’s Today show.
‘It has taken too long for some to call out this sort of violence. They’re sending all sorts of mixed messages and that’s dangerous. What do we want to see? Somebody getting hurt? That’s not leadership.’
Members of the ‘Vic Freedom Movement’ group protest in Melbourne earlier this month
Mr Andrews said his relationship with the PM would be ‘a lot better when he stops double speaking to extremists.’
But Mr Morrison hit back on Friday, saying: ‘I completely and totally and continue to denunciate any violence, any threat, any intimidation.
‘And any suggestion that I have not done that is completely false. I have been completely clear on that issue.’
He said he had no sympathy with violent protesters and anti-vaxxers but added: ‘I have sympathies for Australians who have had a gutful of governments telling what to do over the last two years.’
Mr Andrews has been forced to delay a vote on his new laws after independent MP Adem Somyruek returned to parliament to oppose them.
The Premier now needs the support of one more crossbench MP.
Scott Morrison (pictured on Friday with his ‘good friend’ NSW Premier Dom Perrottet) has hit back after Daniel Andrews accused him of pandering to extremists