Monique Ryan tells MPs to ‘put on masks’ when asking about Covid in Parliament

The doctor who expelled Josh Frydenberg from his Koyong constituency called on Liberal MPs to “put on masks” after he was mocked in the House of Parliament.

Independent Dr. Monique Ryan stood up to ask her first question during Question Time on Monday — her chosen topic was the impact of Covid — and responded to the noisy feuds.

Although the wearing of masks is recommended in parliament, it is not mandatory and is virtually non-existent on the opposition benches.

Former pediatric neurologist Dr Ryan asked Health Secretary Mark Butler about the risk that reinfection with Covid could cause long-term side effects.

“Reinfection with Covid-19 may be more severe and carries a high risk of persisting symptoms for six months, as well as an increased risk of hospitalization and death,” she said.

“There is a growing risk of cumulative neurological and cardiovascular disease from Covid-19 infections.

“Can the Minister explain how he proposes to deal with the coming significant national burden of disability and chronic disease due to reinfection?”

If some deputies taunted her, she replied: “Put on masks”, pointing to the opposition benches.

In response, the Minister of Health said he was pleased that a large number of health professionals in Parliament “will add depth to our health policy.”

“This pandemic is still devastating our community,” he said.

“In particular, as the participant noted, people must wear masks while indoors and they cannot socially distance themselves.

“Long Covid is not easy to diagnose or treat.

“The truth is, Mr. Speaker, that we do not know the scale of the problem. The general estimate is that about 4 per cent of Covid patients experience long-term symptoms, (which) already affect hundreds and hundreds of thousands of Australians.

“Support is available through our standard medical system. The states have been running Covid clinics for a long time. Their waiting lists are growing. It is becoming increasingly clear to me that we will need to develop a targeted response to the long-term Covid phenomenon at the national level.

“I’m very eager to continue discussion with member Kooyong and other members of this site about this serious long term health issue that is proving to be so debilitating and agonizing for many Australians.”

Dr. Ryan later tweeted her remark to the coalition MPs, stating that she “doesn’t like being interrupted while talking about the serious risks of Covid reinfections.”

“I especially dislike being interrupted by screaming LNP deputies who refuse to wear masks. We all have an obligation to take care of each other here and everywhere. Put on a mask!” she wrote.

There were more intense scenes in the Senate earlier Monday as outspoken Greens senator Lydia Thorpe inserted a poem about the queen into his oath of allegiance.

Ms Thorpe has previously stated that the Australian Parliament does not have permission to be here and that her role as an Indigenous woman was to “infiltrate” the Senate.

This morning, when asked to take the oath of allegiance, she went to the mailbox, raising her fist in the air, and then declared: “I am the sovereign, Lydia Thorpe, solemnly and sincerely swear that I will be faithful and sincerely devoted to the colonization of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II “.

MPs then intervened, warning “you’re not a senator” if she couldn’t pronounce the oath correctly.

“Senator Thorpe, Senator Thorpe, you must take the oath printed on the card,” said Senate President Sue Lines.

Senator Thorpe then took the oath again, incorrectly naming the heirs as “hair” and successors to the queen.

She later stated on Twitter: “Sovereignty has never yielded.”

This is not the first time a Green senator has raised concerns about colonization.

Speaking to ABC radio in June, she said the Australian flag represented “dispossession, massacre and genocide” and accused the media of pitting her against Liberal Senator Jacinta Price.

“The colonial project came here and killed our people. I’m sorry we’re unhappy with it,” she said.

“If people get a little upset along the way, well, that’s just part of the truth. Bitter truth.”

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