Dr Monique Ryan scolds Coalition MPs for not wearing masks in public

Doctor who vanquished Josh Frydenberg scolds all but seven Coalition MPs for not wearing masks in Parliament as she warns of an oncoming wave of disability from long Covid

A doctor who booted Josh Frydenberg out of politics has scolded the vast majority of opposition MPs for not wearing asks in Parliament.

Monique Ryan defeated the former treasurer in the seat of Kooyong, in southeast Melbourne, at the May 21 election as one of the seven ‘teal’ independents.

A former paediatric neurologist, she asked Health Minister Mark Butler in question time what the government was going to do about long Covid in Australia.

But Ms Ryan’s warning of an ‘incoming national significant burden of disability and chronic illness’ from long Covid drew jeers from Coalition MPs.

As the heckling grew louder, Ms Ryan paused to point at the opposition benches to and shout ‘put your masks on!’

This only served to raise the volume of jeering from the opposition, only seven of whom were wearing masks while all of Labor was.

Ms Ryan gave the hacklers a death stare and completed her question with a brief pause. 

‘Covid-19 infections in this country are at a record high and increasing, can the minister please explain how he proposes to manage the oncoming national significant burden of disability and chronic illness of repeated infection,’ she said.

The great divide between the Coalition and Labor – and most of the crossbench – on mask wearing has been a frequent distraction in the first few days of Parliament.

More to come. 

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