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Barnaby Joyce has been fined by police for not wearing a mask in public

Barnaby Joyce has been fined for not wearing a face mask in public.

Less than a week after being sworn in as deputy prime minister, the Nationals leader was dobbed into Crime Stoppers by a member of the public in his hometown of Armidale on Monday morning, after he was spotted without a face mask while paying for petrol.

SBS News has confirmed Mr Joyce was issued a $200 fine for breaching an order under the NSW Public Health Act.

State Emergency Operations Controller, Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys said it was just one of 54 breaches of NSW public health orders on Monday.

“Police were alerted to that. They took some action . That person was apologetic and co-operative with police and an infringement notice was issued,” he told reporters on Tuesday.

More to come.

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