Teal MP Monique Ryan is one of the few STILL wearing a mask in parliament – after she was slammed as a ‘hypocrite’ for not masking up at a social event
- Monique Ryan is one of a small handful of MPs still wearing a mask in parliament
- The Teal independent last month scolded her colleagues for not masking up
- But weeks later was branded a ‘hypocrite’ after not wearing one at a social event
- Covid cases in Australia are falling and masks rules on public transport dropped
A Teal independent who scolded other MPs for not wearing masks in Parliament is still wearing one, despite being called a ‘hypocrite’ for not masking up at a social event.’
Dr Monique Ryan, the member for Kooyong, was among a small handful of politicians still covering up on Monday, along with independent Helen Haines, Greens leader Adam Bandt, and three Greens MPs.
The remaining 145 MPs have discarded masks for Question Time, despite Dr Ryan stopping mid-parliamentary speech last month to demand her colleagues mask up.
All 77 Labor MPs, the Greens, and most independents wore masks in every session when Parliament resumed after the May election, but the number has sharply dropped in recent weeks as Covid cases declined.
Dr Monique Ryan (right) with fellow Teal independent Allegra Spender (left) is among a handful of MPs still wearing a mask in parliament despite dwindling Covid numbers (file image)
Last week across Australia, there were 31,651 Covid cases for the entire seven days, down 21 per cent from the week before, while deaths fell 27 per cent from the previous week.
This month, the last remnant of widespread mask rules was dropped, with passengers no longer required to wear them on public transport.
Dr Ryan was branded a ‘hypocrite’ last month after a video emerged of her dancing without a mask at a function after scolding MPs in parliament for not wearing one.
The former paediatric neurologist, who unseated former Treasurer Josh Frydenberg at the May 21 election, was in August asking Health Minister Mark Butler how he planned to address long Covid when she unleashed a spray at mask-less MPs.
‘Can the minister please explain how he proposes to manage the oncoming national significant burden of disability and chronic illness of repeated Covid infection,’ she said.
The question drew groans from Coalition MPs.
As the heckling grew louder, Dr Ryan, one of seven Teal independents, paused to point at the opposition benches and shouted, ‘put your masks on!’
This only served to raise the volume of jeering from the opposition, only eight of whom were wearing masks while all of Labor was.
Dr Ryan roused on other MPs to ‘put your masks on!’ when the opposition benches heckled her
But just days later, Dr Ryan was left speechless when confronted with a video by Sky News presenter Kieran Gilbert of her at a social function with no mask.
Gilbert lulled her into a false sense of security by getting her to repeat her resolute pro-mask views.
He then he 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 there?’ asked Gilbert, which was followed by six seconds of silence.
Eventually, Dr Ryan replied with: ‘Didn’t know you had that video. It’s interesting who you’ve chosen to show in that video and who’s been edited out of it.’
Michael Kroger, a former Liberal Party president, labelled Ms Ryan a ‘hypocrite and an amateur’ over the video.
Dr Ryan was pictured (right) dancing without a mask at a function just three weeks after shouting at fellow MPs for not wearing masks in parliament
Meanwhile, ex-Labor senator and powerbroker Graham Richardson said, ‘the mob always get it right (in who they elect), and only on occasion do they get it wrong.
‘And in this particular case, they got it very wrong (in electing Ms Ryan over Josh Frydenberg in the seat of Kooyong).’
Dr Ryan later addressed the inconsistency, saying, ‘Well, I do wear a mask when I’m at work.
‘I think that particular instance was an unusual one,’ she said.