Video surfaces of Teal independent MP Dr Monique Ryan flouting her own rules to ‘put on your masks’ amid calls for COVID summit

Teal independent MP Dr Monique Ryan has attempted to defend herself after footage emerged of her dancing maskless at a large indoor event in Melbourne just three weeks after demanding Coalition MPs wear the face coverings during Question Time.

Sky News Australia has obtained footage of the Kooyong MP failing to follow her own directives while at a community trivia night at the Glenferrie Primary School in her electorate.

The video, taken on August 19, shows Dr Ryan dancing and celebrating while not wearing a mask in a packed room in the school hall.

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It came after Dr Ryan interrupted her own question to Health Minister Mark Butler about COVID-19 infections during Question Time on August 1 to blast opposition members for not wearing masks.

Dr Ryan was jeered at by some MPs, before snapping back “put your masks on” as she pointed at the opposition benches.  

The independent MP later doubled down on Twitter to lash her Coalition counterparts and said: “I don’t appreciate being interrupted while speaking on serious risks of repeated COVID infections”.

“I particularly don’t appreciate being interrupted by shouting LNP MPs who refuse to wear masks.

“We all have a duty to look after each other. Here & everywhere. Put your mask on!”

On Sky News with Kieran Gilbert on Thursday, Dr Ryan was initially confronted with the footage from the trivia night in Hawthorn, and laughingly dismissed concerns it was hypocritical.

“As I said, I don’t always wear a mask,” the MP said after defending her initial Parliament rant by claiming she was concerned for the health of her colleagues.

“I don’t eat, drink, sleep or wash in a mask but I do wear a mask where I’m worried about keeping people I work with safe.

“I do wear a mask when I’m at work, I do wear a mask when I’m around other people and I feel like I cant socially isolate.”

When asked if she actually practiced what she preached, Dr Ryan conceded the situation in the footage was unusual. 

“I do wear a mask almost all of the time, I don’t wear a mask where I’m outside, where I’m in a public setting where I don’t think it’s appropriate,” she continued.

“I think that particular instance was an unusual one lets put it that way.”

Earlier, the MP doubled down on her attack on Coalition members for their refusal to wear masks in Parliament.

She said her demonstration was to stand with health care workers, describing the MPs’ failure to wear the PPE as “insulting” to the industry.

Another photo has re-emerged from Dr Ryan’s Twitter, depicting her again failing to adorn a mask.

The picture was taken at the MCG on August 21 where the ground hosted the largest home and away crowd this season with more than 88,000 people in attendance.

Dr Ryan on Wednesday called for a National Summit on COVID-19, claiming there were insufficient plans to manage any potential future outbreaks.

She tweeted “We all remember how awful last summer was; the summer of Omicron.

“If a new COVID variant emerges from this year’s northern winter-as experts say is likely-we don’t have the right plans in place to manage it.

“That’s why I’ve called for a National Summit on COVID 19.”

Dr Ryan’s idea was rubbished by former Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatesworth, who tweeted on Thursday morning: “Of all the ways we could use our energy and goodwill to seize this once in a generation opportunity for health reform, a national COVID 19 summit is not on that list.”

“If you really want to increase health system capacity, why don’t we have a summit on low and no value care?” he said.

“Cut 10 per cent of what we prescribe/order/do overnight and see what that might do for capacity”.

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