The daughter of Western Victoria MP Andy Meddick was attacked on Thursday night, in a possible retaliation for Mr Meddick's support of the state government's proposed pandemic bill.
Mr Meddick released a statement earlier today saying his "worst fears (had) turned into reality".
The MP and his family had received repeated violent threats over his support of the Andrews government's Public Health and Wellbeing (Pandemic Management) Bill 2021.
His daughter, Kielan, was chased down on Smith Street in the inner Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy.
She said one of her attackers threw a spray can at her head, causing a 3cm gash that required stitches and glue.
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Mr Meddick said police were investigating the attack, but he thought it could be connected to the threats.
"I have reason to believe that this could be linked to my role as an MP and the positions I have taken on the pandemic response."
He said he was deeply grateful to those nearby the incident who were able to fight off the people attacking his daughter, who was taken to hospital and kept overnight.
Mr Meddick said he wouldn't make any further comment "at this time" and asked that people respect his family's privacy and dignity.
But he also took the opportunity to point out the real, harmful results that violent words, images and rhetoric - such as had been on display in front of state parliament this week - could have.
"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," he said.
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