Tony Abbott has been fined $500 for not wearing a face mask in public amid Covid-19 restrictions.
The former Australian Prime Minister was chatting to a man near Sydney's Manly Beach last week when he was spotted without a face covering.
A passerby snapped a quick picture of the wrongdoing and dobbed him into authorities.
It didn't take long until NSW Police tracked the former leader down and fined him five hundred dollarydoos.
While others who have been caught doing the wrong thing have copped it and apologised, Mr Abbott said the sneaky way the person got a photo of him without a mask is a worrying sign for the country.
"I just want to say two things. First, I believe that I was well within the law, reasonably interpreted," he said over the weekend. "But I am not going to challenge the fine because I am not going to waste police time.
"Second, I never thought dobbing and snitching was part of the Australian character.
"I think as soon as we can leave this health police state mindset behind us, the better for everyone."
The reason why this is so hilarious is because Tony Abbott was literally the person who helped introduce the 'Dob in a Dealer' campaign to get on top of illegal narcotics.
When he was Prime Minister back in 2015, he brought in a hotline that would allow Australians to anonymously dob in someone they knew who was a drug dealer.
While not wearing a face mask isn't anywhere close to being a drug dealer, it's laughable that Mr Abbott is complaining about people behaving in the same way he encouraged six years ago.
But he wasn't done with his whine about the current state of Australian attitudes and even likened it to the state police in East Germany.
Speaking to the Institute of Public Affairs, Mr Abbott said: "There are aspects of contemporary Australia, which I personally find a little bit unsettling.
"The readiness of people to dob and snitch on their neighbours worries me a lot, frankly.
"If you're walking down the street and you see someone come out of his house without a mask and you call the police, well, frankly, that's just Stasi-like behaviour."
Mr Abbott said he wasn't breaking any rules because he was going down to the beach to catch some 'magic waves', which he said fell under the rules of exercise.
That's all well and good however he was snapped wearing jeans and a jumper.
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