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Man arrested after Anning press conference

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A young man has been arrested after a fight broke out following a Fraser Anning press conference in Sydney's south where the controversial senator again called for a ban on Muslim immigration.

A News Corp Australia photographer had his t-shirt ripped during the confrontation involving a 19-year-old man, who's likely to be charged by police.

Senator Anning was in Cronulla on Friday to announce the Conservative National Party candidate for the prime minister's seat of Cook and part of his NSW ticket for the Senate.

During the mid-morning press conference, the 69-year-old called for a ban on "bringing any more Muslims or Sudanese into the country".

He was pressed by journalists over his claims that locals were being "bashed and attacked".

"You live in a make-believe world," one of the senator's supporters yelled at News journalist Eliza Barr as she asked whether locals would back CNP candidate Peter Kelly given they'd lived through the 2005 Cronulla race riots.

After the press conference, a 19-year-old man allegedly levelled sexist and abusive comments at Barr.

News photographer Dylan Robinson followed him and attempted to take his photo before the young man pushed the camera away and lashed out at Robinson.

Video footage shows the 19-year-old attempting to hit the photographer in the face several times. The latter's shirt was ripped before the pair was separated.

Senator Anning was not in the vicinity at the time but was waiting on the opposite side of the park.

Officers were quickly on the scene and the man was arrested and taken to Sutherland police station for questioning. NSW Police say he's "likely to be charged".

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said there was "no place in Australian politics" for the violence seen in Cronulla on Friday.

"I find it absolutely appalling .... (Senator Anning) is placed last on my ticket and our party's ticket," the Liberal leader said.

The media union later stated: "It is unacceptable in a democracy for journalists to be physically threatened or assaulted in the course of doing their job."

In March, a teenager cracked an egg on Senator Anning's head during a Melbourne press conference after the 69-year-old blamed Muslim migrants for the New Zealand terror attack in which a white supremacist killed 50 worshippers at two mosques.

One of Senator Anning's supporters was subsequently charged after allegedly kicking the teen - who became known as "egg boy" - while he was held on the ground.

© AAP 2019 Image credit: NewsCorp photographer Dylan Robinson (right) and reporter Eliza Barr (centre) are seen after a confrontation with a member of the public following a press conference with Senator Fraser Anning at Dunningham Park at Cronulla in Sydney, Friday, April 25, 2019. (AAP Image/Joel Carrett)