- Monique Ryan is one of the few MPs who still wear a mask in Parliament
- The Teal independent last month reprimanded her colleagues for not masking themselves
- But weeks later, he was branded a ‘hypocrite’ after not wearing one at a social event
- Covid cases in Australia drop and rules for masks on public transport are dropped
An independent Teal who has reprimanded other MPs for not wearing masks in parliament still wears one, despite being called a “hypocrite” for not hiding during a social event.”
dr. Kooyong member Monique Ryan was one of the few politicians to still cover up on Monday, along with independent Helen Haines, Greens leader Adam Bandt and three Greens MPs.
The remaining 145 MPs threw away the masks for Question Time, despite Dr Ryan stopping mid-parliamentary speech last month to ask her colleagues for masks.
All 77 Labor MPs, the Greens and most independents wore masks in every session when parliament resumed after the May elections, but the number has fallen sharply in recent weeks as the number of Covid cases dwindled.
dr. Monique Ryan (right) with fellow Teal independent Allegra Spender (left) is among a handful of MPs still wearing masks in parliament despite declining Covid numbers (file image)
Last week there were 31,651 Covid cases across Australia for the entire seven days, a 21 percent drop from the week before, while the number of deaths dropped 27 percent from the previous week.
This month, the last remnant of the widespread mask rules have been scrapped, requiring passengers to no longer wear them on public transport.
dr. Ryan was labeled a ‘hypocrite’ last month after a video surfaced showing her dancing without a mask at a function after berating MPs in parliament for not wearing one.
The former pediatric neurologist, who dethroned former treasurer Josh Frydenberg in the May 21 election, asked Health Secretary Mark Butler in August how he planned to deal with the protracted Covid when she released a spray on masked MPs.
“Can the minister please explain how he proposes to manage the coming national significant burden of disability and chronic illness from repeated Covid infection,” she said.
The question drew groans from coalition MPs.
As the bickering grew louder, Dr. Ryan, one of Teal’s seven independents, to point to the opposition benches, yelling, ‘Put your masks on!’
This only caused more booing from the opposition, only eight of whom wore masks while all of Labour wore them.
dr. Ryan roused other MPs to ‘put your masks on!’ when the opposition benches harassed her
But just days later, Dr Ryan was speechless when he was confronted with a video by Sky News presenter Kieran Gilbert of her on a social occasion without a mask.
Gilbert rocked her in a false sense of security by making her repeat her determined pro-mask views.
He then showed a video of her dancing wildly and unmasked at the Melbourne event, less than three weeks after her parliamentary spray.
“Isn’t there an inconsistency in that?” Gilbert asked, followed by six seconds of silence.
Finally, Dr. Ryan replied, “I didn’t know you had that video. It’s interesting who you chose to feature in that video and who was edited out of it.”
Michael Kroger, a former Liberal Party chairman, labeled Ms Ryan about the video as a “hypocrite and an amateur.”
dr. Ryan was pictured (right) dancing maskless at a function just three weeks after yelling at fellow MPs for not wearing masks in parliament
Meanwhile, former Labor senator and power broker Graham Richardson said ‘the mafia are always right (in who they choose), and only occasionally are they wrong.
“And in this particular case they are very wrong (in choosing Ms. Ryan over Josh Frydenberg in Kooyong’s seat).”
dr. Ryan later elaborated on the inconsistency, saying, “Well, I do wear a mask when I’m at work.
“I think that particular case was an unusual one,” she said.