Australia orders deportation of Katie Hopkins over 'appalling' behavior over Coronavirus rules

The far-right commentator is no longer appearing on Big Brother VIP. File pic

Katie Hopkins will be deported from Australia for her "appalling" behavior while being held in a hotel quarantine.

The far-right broadcaster came to Australia to appear on Big Brother VIP, where he sparked outrage by boasting about breaking the country's rules.

Hopkins stated she was purposefully disobeying quarantine regulations by taunting officers and opened her door without a mask on an Instagram Live broadcast.

The 46-year-old also joked about confronting workers while naked in order to scare them.

Karen Andrews, the minister of home affairs, told ABC News: "This person's behavior was despicable, and she will be going.

"We'll get her out of the country as quickly as possible.

"The fact that she was out there boasting about breaching quarantine was just appalling - it was a slap in the face for all those Australians who are currently in lockdown and it's just unacceptable behavior," she said.

Hopkins' absence from Big Brother VIP was verified by Seven, the television network that broadcasts the show, on Sunday.

Those arriving in Australia must stay at a government-run hotel for two weeks and are only permitted to unlock their door for 30 seconds after meals are brought. When a door is open, a face mask is also required.

Hopkins' remarks sparked fury as the country grapples with a coronavirus outbreak that has forced Sydney and Melbourne to re-enter lockdown mode.

Her arrival had caused controversy in and of itself. The number of Australian citizens and permanent residents who can return home each week has been reduced to 3,000 in recent days by the country's administration.

According to estimates, more than 34,000 Australians wishing to return home are still stranded abroad.

"To think that she could think that the measures we are taking to keep our community safe can be treated with such juvenile, imbecile behavior is mind-boggling." New South Wales health minister Brad Hazzard told reporters.

Publish : 2021-07-19 13:32:00

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