Neil Mitchell: Adam Bandt’s predictable swipe at police
The promotors of Milo Yiannopoulos’s Melbourne event say they won’t be paying more towards security at the event.
Meanwhile, Neil Mitchell has lambasted a Greens senator for accusing police of being overzealous, despite not attending the violent clashes.
Victoria’s police minister has threatened to send the organisers a $50,000 bill after protests outside the venue.
Tour organiser Damien Costas — also publisher of adult magazine Penthouse — today told Neil Mitchell the costs were negotiated before the event following detailed discussions with police.
He said he’s already paid that agreed fee, which was up to $6000.
“It’s a business transaction,” he said.
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Yesterday, Greens senator Adam Bandt suggested the police had been heavy-handed in controlling the brawl.
In congratulating those who he called “anti-racism protesters” at the clash, he took a swipe at police, claiming officers employed “indiscriminate use of capsicum spray”.
“I’m also very concerned about reports that the police response not only against anti-racist protests, but partiuclarly against many residents … who were not involved in the protests,” he said.
Neil Mitchell said it was a predictable stance.
“The police behaved well, the police behaved with restraint,” Neil said.
“The police tried to keep law and order and peace on the streets.
“It’s just an assumption, which you always get from the Greens, that the ratbag protesters were right, police are pigs.
“Geez that annoys me.”