New South Wales Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet has denied breaching public health orders after he was photographed jogging around Sydney Harbour.
New South Wales Premier Dominic Beirut has denied violating public health orders after he was filmed jogging around Sydney Harbour, more than 5km from his family home.
exercise enthusiast He posted the photo on his Facebook page today Declaring Sydney was “the best city in the world”, with the Harbor Bridge in the background.
But he was soon attacked by members of Sydney who demanded to know whether he had just enjoyed a freedom from which millions of his electors had been denied.
“Beautiful breach of public health order hero,” wrote Facebook user Daniel Rafferty.
Another man said: “Celebrating the second day of assuming the premiership by violating public health orders!”
Under public health orders currently in place in Sydney, you can only leave your home for outdoor exercise or recreation within a local government area, or within five kilometers of your home.
But a spokesman for Mr Perrottet told news.com.au that these rules do not apply if you are an authorized worker.
The spokesperson said the prime minister, as a commissioned worker, has been allowed to go about his usual business, including leaving the office to get food or exercise while in town.
As a politician, Mr Perrottet is a licensed worker permitted to travel for work to Parliament House in downtown Sydney.
His family home is located 24 kilometers from Parliament House. It’s about 25 minutes’ journey at the moment, with far fewer cars on the road than usual.
The former prime minister found himself in the wrong position on the law after an angry beach-goer flog her cellphone and released several photos of him without a mask.
Abbott told reporters he did not believe he broke the law, but he would not appeal the fine.
“I just want to say two things. First, I think I was within the law, reasonably explained.”
“But I will not challenge the fine because I will not waste the time of the police.
“Second, I never thought publicity and gossip were part of the Australian character.
“I think once we leave the police health mentality behind, the better for everyone.”
Mr Abbott has previously complained about the willingness of people to “alert and notify” those not wearing masks just weeks before he pays his fine.
“There are aspects of contemporary Australia that I personally find a bit troubling,” he told the Institute of Public Affairs.
“People’s willingness to voice and inform their neighbors worries me a lot, frankly.”