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Victoria Police Are Investigating Daniel Andrews For Not Wearing A Face Mask In Public

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Victoria Police Are Investigating Daniel Andrews For Not Wearing A Face Mask In Public

Victoria Police are 'assessing' a video showing Premier Daniel Andrews in public without a face mask.

It's against the state's health orders not to be wearing a face covering in public in Melbourne unless you're over the age of 12.

However, Victoria's leader was seen arriving to a press conference behind parliament without one yesterday (October 7) and the footage has captured the attention of authorities.

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A spokesperson for Victoria Police said in a statement: "Victoria Police are currently assessing a video circulating on social media of Premier Daniel Andrews walking across a carpark in Melbourne without a mask on October 7.

"As the incident is being reviewed by investigators, we will not be providing further comment at this stage."

If they determine he has broken the rules, the Premier could cop a fine of $200.

Several politicians have been caught without face masks in public in the past few months and they have been appropriately fined after members of the public dobbed them into police.

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Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce was nabbed without a covering when he ducked inside a petrol station in regional New South Wales.

A passerby noticed the second-in-charge breaking the rules and phoned police to report him.

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott was also fined $500 for not following the health advice during a stroll in Manly last month.

Someone snapped a cheeky picture of the former PM chatting to a man and it went viral on social media; so much so that Mr Abbott ended up getting a knock at the door from NSW Police.

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He slammed the person who took the picture and said it was 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. "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."

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Even though people have been encouraged to snitch on wrongdoers during the pandemic, Mr Abbott's comments were particularly ironic because he 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.

Featured Image Credit: Paul Dowsley/Twitter

Topics: Australia

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