Covid-19 Australia: The Bachelorette star reprimands Melbourne officials for giving tickets in lockdown

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Plumber blows Melbourne lockdown as parking inspectors can roam the streets booking people – while everyone else is confined to their homes

  • Lee Elliott lashed out at city officials for what he thought were double standards
  • The plumber, 40, initially showed sympathy for the inspector for giving a ticket
  • But asked why parking inspectors could work when his loved ones couldn’t?
  • “Do what I say, not what I do,” he wrote mockingly under a frustrated Instagram post

Bachelorette star Lee Elliott has lashed out at city officials for having parking inspectors walking around Melbourne to issue tickets when he and his loved ones are home.

Elliott – who met his now-wife Georgia Love on the reality show in 2016 – shared his frustration online after he returned to his car and found a parking ticket on his dashboard.

The plumber, 40, initially showed sympathy for City of Melbourne inspectors before addressing the alleged double standards of the city’s Covid-19 restrictions.

Melbourne’s five million residents can only leave home for one essential reason: to buy essentials, exercise, care, work or get vaccinated or tested for the virus.

“While I’m obviously not happy about getting a parking ticket, I’m happy that these people have jobs and can pay their rent/mortgage,” he wrote on Instagram.

The Bachelorette star Lee Elliott pictured with his wife Georgia Love – whom he met on the show. He attacks city officials for issuing parking tickets during a lockdown as his friends and family miss out on work

He initially showed sympathy for the City of Melbourne inspectors before targeting city officials

He initially showed sympathy for the City of Melbourne inspectors before targeting city officials

“My question is why so many of my friends and family are struggling financially and mentally?”

He said some people he knew could even lose their businesses due to the impact of the lockdown.

“As parking inspectors generate revenue for the city of Melbourne, they are considered ‘essential’ so it’s fine for them to meander around the city when most can’t even walk out their front doors!”

Elliott tagged a string of news outlets at the bottom of the post, alongside the words “do what I say, not what I do.”

Daily Mail Australia has contacted the city of Melbourne for comment.

Love chose Elliott as her winning suitor in the 2016 season of Channel Ten’s The Bachelorette.

The couple got engaged in September 2019 and married earlier this year.

The ex-reality TV star is the latest high-profile Australian to question the nature of Melbourne’s lockdown restrictions, which have been triggered by an outbreak of infection in Victoria, which has now reached 72 cases.

The plumber, 40, pictured with his now-wife on the show.

The plumber, 40, pictured with his now-wife on the show. “They’re perfectly fine strolling through town when most can’t even walk out the front door!” He wrote

The mayor of Perth, Basil Zempilas, appeared on Channel Seven’s Sunrise on Friday, arguing that the Victorian government should be ‘less conservative with the Covid-19 virus’.

“Let’s be a little more aggressive when it comes to keeping people in work, keeping people in school, keeping everything open,” he said.

‘We’ve said it many times before: we have to learn to live with it in our community.

“What we can’t do now, almost 18 months later, is scare people into a lockdown they don’t have to go into.”

Perth Mayor Basil Zempilas appeared on Channel Seven's Sunrise on Friday, arguing that the Victorian government should be 'less conservative with the Covid-19 virus'

Perth Mayor Basil Zempilas appeared on Channel Seven’s Sunrise on Friday, arguing that the Victorian government should be ‘less conservative with the Covid-19 virus’

3AW talk-back radio host Neil Mitchell, presenting in locked-down Melbourne, criticized the state government, accusing them of scaring the public into extending the lockdown.

“The problem is that people in Victoria don’t trust this government anymore,” he said.

“That apocalyptic language we were given Wednesday, based on these cases, was clearly there to manipulate us. And people get angry.’

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