Scott Morrison’s decision to go to an NRL game this weekend was a “gobsmacking lack of judgement”, Shadow Health Minister Chris Bowen has said.
Mr Bowen said it “sent a terrible signal and message to the Australian people”.
“Leadership is about more than rules and regulations,” Mr Bowen told reports in Sydney this morning.
“It is about the example you set.”
Mr Morrison later said he would not attend the Cronulla Sharks game in Sydney this weekend.
Mr Bowen also criticised the inconsistency of mixed messaging from the Prime Minister and cabinet in relation to Peter Dutton’s diagnosis with coronavirus.
“This is not a pleasant disease and we wish him all the best and his family, he is in our thoughts,” Mr Bowen said.
“We are told the government has advised that they don’t need to be tested or self-isolated because there was no immediate contact in the 24 hours prior to symptoms emerging.
“The public advice and guidance to people who have close contacts with a confirmed case says nothing about any 24-hour period, it simply says that anybody who has been in close contact should be self-isolated.
“It is not good enough Morrison to say ‘Do as I say, not as I do’, he must lead by example.”
He questioned the Monday deadline for the cancellation of mass gatherings.
“I do not understand how an event which is a bad idea on Monday is a fine idea on Saturday,” Mr Bowen said.
“I cannot understand how that can be the case.”
Mr Bowen revealed that frontbencher Tanya Plibersek was tested and cleared for coronavirus.
original source: 9news