A Victorian minister has slammed the conduct of Melbourne socialite Nadia Bartel who was filmed snorting a white powder in a video that emerged throughout the strict lockdown.
The video turned public on Friday and confirmed Ms Bartel, the ex-wife of AFL participant Jimmy Bartel, sniffing a substance.
The Instagram star and former WAG publicly apologised for her actions, posting on social media she took “full responsibility” and was dedicated to “ensure I make better choices in future”.
During the day by day coronavirus press convention on Saturday, Industry Support Minister Martin Pakula was requested if he was pissed off by “such high-profile people flouting the rules”.
“When anyone flouts the rules it is more dangerous for the entire community and more likely that these sorts of restrictions will be in place for longer,” Mr Pakula answered.
“Obviously when it’s someone with a profile… it’s more publicised and it makes it clear that sort of conduct is not acceptable.
“So look, I’m not going to individualise this. That incident has been very, very well viewed now, very extensively viewed.”
Mr Pakula mentioned that the individuals within the video should be embarrassed in the event that they weren’t already.
“I’m sure the participants are, or they should be, appropriately embarrassed,” he mentioned.
“But it serves as a warning to all of us that the more of that sort of occurence takes place, the harder it is for us to drive case numbers down.”
Whether the individuals within the video would be punished was a matter for Victoria Police and the state’s authorised well being officers, he added.
No fines have been issued or costs laid over the video.
“I understand they’ve been talking to one another, that’s not a matter for politicians,” Mr Pakula mentioned.
The video has been deleted.
In Ms Bartel’s apology on Instagram, she mentioned she felt embarrassed.
“To my family and friends, my business partners and the public health workers trying to keep us all safe, I am embarrassed and remorseful,” she wrote.
“I am truly and deeply sorry. I hope I can earn your forgiveness and, in time, your trust. Nadia.”
Premier Daniel Andrews beforehand advised reporters he hadn’t seen the video and urged individuals to observe the foundations.
It comes because the state recorded 190 coronavirus circumstances on Saturday.
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