Daniel Andrews pandemic laws: Andy Meddick MP’s daughter is attacked in the street in Melbourne


A Victorian MP’s daughter was rushed to hospital with head injuries after being attacked in the street with a spray can.

Animal Justice Party leader Andy Meddick said his daughter was ambushed in Melbourne on Thursday night because he supports Daniel Andrews’ controversial proposed laws to manage pandemics.  

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.

Kielan Meddick, 26, was attacked on Smith Street in Fitzroy on Thursday night

Kielan Meddick, 26, was attacked on Smith Street in Fitzroy on Thursday night

Animal Justice MP Andy Meddick (pictured) said his daughter was attacked because he supports Daniel Andrews' controversial proposed laws to manage pandemics

Animal Justice MP Andy Meddick (pictured) said his daughter was attacked because he supports Daniel Andrews’ controversial proposed laws to manage pandemics

‘I called for help and he threw a spray can at my head. I started bleeding a lot,’ she said.

Ms Meddick, who is transgender, screamed for help before running into a bar where staff treated her wounds.

The 26-year-old illustrator and photographer had a three-centimetre gash on her head which required stitches and glue in hospital. 

‘I’m home safe now, thank you so much for all the support,’ Ms Meddick said.

Her father has received threats since announcing he supports Mr Andrews’ new laws to manage pandemics.

The laws, which have passed Victoria’s lower house but are held up in the upper house, would give the premier the power to declare a pandemic for an unlimited period of time even if there are no cases of a virus.

Pictured: A demonstrator is with a Daniel Andrews poster at a protest last Saturday

Pictured: A demonstrator is with a Daniel Andrews poster at a protest last Saturday

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

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

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’.

Mr Meddick is one of three crossbench MPs who support the laws. 

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.   

On Monday evening protesters staged a mock execution of the premier using wooden gallows.

Some protesters held three nooses as they rallied against the proposed bill in possible reference to the three crossbench MPs who decide whether the bill passes

Some protesters 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.’

Last week, Mr Meddick 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.

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

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.’   

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 to rally 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

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



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