A small gathering of journalists and photographers met Fraser Anning in Cronulla on Friday, where the controversial Queensland tried to push through a famous narrative.
In a park in the south of Sydney, not far from where the unrest broke out in the Cronulla race in 2005, a right-wing former Senator from a nation was expected to discuss his concerns over immigration.
Sen. Henning was criticized by both sides of parliament and the public for recent comments about the Christchurch massacre and the attendance at a rally in Melbourne to support white supremacists.
It is open to Muslims and Africans who migrated to Australia, accusing them of refusing to assimilate and suggest they are dangerous to society.
On Friday, he talked about exactly when News Corp News Correspondent Eliza Bar excluded his comment.
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Sen. Ening told reporters that "they are going and looking at police reports," when Bar, a local crime and court reporter, told him: "I have not seen either a man who is either a Muslim or a Sudan accused of a hate crime of any kind "In a period of seven months.
He shared the Twitter exchange this morning.
What followed, Bar said, was the involvement of Sen. Ening's supporters, including a teenager who allegedly followed him from the park at the end of the press conference.
When News Corp photographer Dylan Robinson saw what was going on, he rushed to intervene.
That was when violent confrontation took place. The footage from the observers shows that Robinson goes with the 19-year-old and raises his camera to shoot.
The teenager dropped the camera before he caught Robinson's shirt and threw a few blows on him.
"Hey, stop. Stop! Help!" Shouted the passer-by.
But she took her from the side of the 19-year-old, telling Robinson: "They came to threaten."
"No," he replied.
"Yes, I saw you, I saw everything," he told him.
"I asked him what he said," said the photographer.
Another person entered the picture.
"If you do not want to worsen the situation, go that way," he told Robinson.
"Go away," Bar said to the man.
"I do not have to go anywhere, and you need to understand what's happening all over the world," he replied.
"He's already in trouble, he just harassed me," said Bar, led by the 19-year-old.
"I understand that. It's not acceptable," he said.
The police, which were following the press conference after the Senator was at the top of a media rally earlier this year, eventually fills the teenager in a police car and led him to Sutherland Police Station.
Police in New South Wales said the 19-year-old, Randwick, reportedly intimidated the journalist's comments and when her colleague tried to intervene allegedly attacked him.
Robinson suffered a number of injuries and saw the doctor on Friday afternoon.
Speaking on Sky News last night, Bar said it was "a very upset day at work" and "unlike anything else I've decided to do at work".
She explained what happened before things became ugly.
"The mood became unstable as we talked about events such as the Cronulla riots and his stance on immigration.
"The senator says that Muslim violence is at the heart of what happened that day, but most people generally accept violence on both sides.
"I think it's really where he is misfiring with that platform in the southern Sydney. People in Cronulla did not like the riots … it really caused a wedge to the middle of the community.
"So, when I asked if he thought he could get votes by supporting local voters, that's when the mood began to sour."
She said supporters of Sen. Anning were excluded from the questions and "it was just a chaos."
The media, entertainment and arts alliance issued a statement after the story spread on Friday.
It is unacceptable in democracy for journalists to be physically threatened or attacked during their work, "the group wrote.
Bar and Robinson used Twitter to issue short statements. Bar said she was grateful to her colleague for coming to her assistance, and Robinson said there was no place for violence against members of the media.
"Journalists, photographers and all media should not be subject to any level of verbal or physical abuse to do their job," he wrote.
"I hope in the future people will learn to express their thinking in an intelligent and constructive manner, rather than offending comment and physical abuse."