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Woman charged over Victorian MP attack

AAP logoAAP 17/08/2016 Melissa Meehan and Luke Costin

A woman who allegedly pushed a Victorian MP into a window in a daylight attack faces a string of charges.

Former emergency services minister Jane Garrett says she was assaulted while walking in Carlton on Monday afternoon.

Ms Garrett was reportedly grabbed by the hair and almost pushed through a window.

Police on Tuesday afternoon charged a 52-year-old woman with contravening a final personal safety intervention order, four counts of unlawful assault, recklessly and intentionally causing injury and resisting police.

She will appear in Melbourne Magistrates Court on October 27.

Ms Garrett quit her ministerial post earlier this year after refusing to back a CFA enterprise agreement that the premier pushed through cabinet.

Former Victorian emergency services minister Jane Garrett is seen parliament in Melbourne, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2016. © AAP Former Victorian emergency services minister Jane Garrett is seen parliament in Melbourne, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2016.

"I'm certainly sore today around the neck and the back," Ms Garrett told reporters on Tuesday morning.

"It was in broad daylight. It was just a shocking incident.

"(It's) obviously shattered my sense of peace and shattered my sense of security. It was really horrifying."

Premier Daniel Andrews doesn't want to see MPs forced to restrict their movements.

"The fact you can go down to the local shops, the fact you can be part of the community you lead and work for, that's a precious thing and I wouldn't want to see that changed," he told reporters on Tuesday.

But the premier admitted Monday's "nasty incident" was a reminder that politicians had to be vigilant.

"I'm sure the (parliament's) speaker and president will also look at these sorts of issues," Mr Andrews said.

Speaker Telmo Languiller put out a statement on Tuesday afternoon saying security at Parliament House and electorate offices was under constant review and would be maintained following the attack.

He declined to comment further because the matter was being probed by police.

Friends and foes from across the political spectrum have rallied around the former minister.

"I'm horrified by reports that Jane Garrett has been attacked today. Hope she is ok and her assailant is caught," shadow minister Margaret Fitzherbert tweeted.

"Just heard the terrible news that Jane Garrett has been assaulted in Carlton. Hope she is okay. My thoughts are with her and her family," Greens MP Ellen Sandell said.

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