Police will examine parliamentary security video of an
alleged assault by the man who holds the balance of power in
the Victorian parliament.
Former bouncer and independent Frankston MP Geoff Shaw is
captured on amateur video apparently pushing an elderly man
to the ground and throwing punches, after being surrounded by
taxi drivers protesting outside Parliament House.
Parliamentary Speaker Ken Smith has viewed CCTV video of the
incident and handed it to police.
Taxi driver John Zammit, 79, was allegedly left with a
bloodied face by the former Liberal turned independent.
He claims Mr Shaw kicked him.
The Frankston MP said he was "heckled, yelled at, spat upon
and hit by a large group of protesters".
"I was forced to push a protester from me and continued my
way up the stairs to the entrance of Parliament House," Mr
Shaw said in a statement.
"Another protester or protesters grabbed around my ankles as
I climbed the stairs."
Liberal upper house MP David Davis said the incident was
"(It) is not what Victorians would want to see on the front
steps of Parliament House," he told reporters.
Mr Smith warned it is a contempt of parliament to interfere
with a politician as they enter the building.
The alleged assault comes just days before Mr Shaw is due to
appear in court for a second time on fraud-related charges
over the alleged misuse of his taxpayer-funded vehicle and
parliamentary fuel card.
He will ask that the matter be heard by a magistrate rather
than a judge in an apparent attempt to avoid being kicked out
Under the Victorian constitution, MPs are ineligible for
office if convicted of an indictable offence carrying a
punishment of five or more years in jail.