At the event in Moorabbin, on Saturday, a man can be seen smashing an egg over the senator's head as he was speaking at a press conference. The teen splats an egg on the back of Anning's head, filming the whole thing with his phone, which prompted Anning to spin around and throw a punch at the kid.
The 17-year-old's motives for egging the senator are not immediately clear, but he was quickly dubbed #EggBoy on social media and is getting worldwide praise for what many are seeing as him standing up against Islamophobia and racism.
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"I do wonder if he's made Australians less safe overseas", he told reporters in Melbourne.
Lawmakers within Australia's conservative government had been quarreling in recent weeks over whether the firebrand commentator should be allowed to tour Australia this year.
Asked about the incident at a press conference today, federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said both the teenager and Senator Anning had done "the wrong thing".
Labor frontbencher Tony Burke described Senator Anning's comments as "hate speech", and told the ABC "the normalisation of bigotry is something that is not only confined to him".
News.com.au political reporter Sam Clench wrote: "The Australian senator now spewing racist garbage in response to the New Zealand mosque attack got 19 votes at the last election. And he issued it when people are grieving", he said, adding that "our prayers are with the victims and their families".