Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been fined $500 after allegedly failing to wear a mask in accordance with public health orders.

Mr Abbott was reported to the NSW Police after being photographed by a member of the public in Manly who observed him talking to a friend at Fairy Bower near the main beach.

Following confirmation of the fine, Mr Abbott said he believed he was adhering to public health orders.

In response to the fine, Mr Abbott had “two things” to say to the matter, “First, [he believes] that [he] was well within the law, reasonably interpreted,” but was not, “going to challenge the fine,” or “waste police time.”

Most intriguing was his second comment whereby he “never thought dobbing and snitching was part of the Australian character.” And thinks, the sooner “we can leave this health police state mindset behind us, the better for everyone.”

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard declined to comment specifically on Mr Abbotts statement, but did add, “It does not matter who you are, whatever station you have in life, there are orders. Nobody likes to have these orders, but it is to keep everybody safe and I hope people will comply with the orders.”

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