Australia Deports British media personality Katie Hopkins for flouting Covid-19 Quarantine rules

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Australian Immigration has deported controversial British TV celebrity and commentator Katie Hopkins for bragging about flouting hotel quarantine rules.

The Australian Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews confirmed that the far-right commentator Katie Hopkins is being deported from Australia after her controversial quarantine statements.

Katie Hopkins, back at the airport. MatrixSource:Matrix
Katie Hopkins, back at the airport. MatrixSource:Matrix

Karen Andrews confirmed that the British media personality, who was axed at the weekend from her upcoming role on Big Brother VIP, had her visa cancelled overnight. In a press briefing, Andrews told ABC News Breakfast: “We will be getting her out of the country as soon as we can arrange that. I am hoping that will happen imminently.”

Newly-released photos show the controversial figure out of hotel quarantine and back at Sydney Airport today, looking downcast as she prepares to fly out of the country.

Her bags are packed. Picture: MATRIXNEWSSource:Matrix
Her bags are packed. Picture: MATRIXNEWSSource:Matrix

Hopkins arrived in Australia last week on a “critical skills” visa and was widely reported to be joining the next season of the Channel 7 reality series.

But she quickly attracted criticism for her hotel quarantine rants since arriving in NSW, in which she likened Covid-19 to the flu, compared migrants to cockroaches and said people with dementia should not block hospital beds.

The Home Affairs Minister, Andrews also released a statement this morning, saying Hopkins’ behaviour was “despicable”.

Australian Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews
Australian Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews

“It is despicable that anyone would behave in such a way that puts our health officials and community at risk,” Andrews said.

“The Morrison Government will always act swiftly to protect the health and safety of the Australian community.

“All visa holders must abide by the health directions issued by our health officials – we won’t tolerate those who don’t. There’s no place in Australia for visa holders who would deliberately endanger others.

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“Entry to Australia brings responsibilities and the community rightly expects better. Those who don’t live up to the standards can expect to have their visas cancelled and to be removed.”

It’s a swift return home for Hopkins. Picture: Matrix NewsSource:Matrix
It’s a swift return home for Hopkins. Picture: Matrix NewsSource:Matrix

news.com.au understands contestants on Big Brother received an exemption supported by the NSW Government, which approved quarantine for those participating above the quarantine cap.

The Seven Network and Endemol Shine Australia issued a statement regarding Hopkins on Sunday afternoon following intense backlash.

“Seven Network and Endemol Shine Australia confirm that Katie Hopkins is not part of Big Brother VIP. Seven and Endemol Shine strongly condemn her irresponsible and reckless comments in hotel quarantine,” it said.

The Home Affairs Minister said earlier on Sunday that she had asked Australian Border Force to investigate whether Ms Hopkins breached any hotel quarantine rules.

“It is despicable that anyone would behave in such a way that puts our health officials and community at risk,” Ms Andrews said.

“I have directed Australian Border Force to immediately consider the facts of this matter and urgently review whether this individual is complying with the requirements of her visa.”

A Home Affairs spokeswoman also told news.com.au that Ms Hopkins did not take the place of Australians wanting to return home.

“These travel exemptions were approved based on support by the NSW Government as they met the critical skills category for inwards travel,” she said.

“These travellers did not take the place of returning Australians as their travel was above the hotel quarantine caps.”

Since the news of her arrival circulated, many Australians and ex-pats questioned how Hopkins was allowed to enter the country, given cuts to the number of overseas Australians allowed to return home.

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Hopkins had her Twitter account permanently suspended in June last year for violating the social media giant’s ‘hateful conduct’ policy, she was also detained in South Africa in March 2018 for allegedly spreading racial hatred.

Katie Hopkins took to Instagram Live to criticise harsh lockdowns from Sydney hotel quarantine.Source:Supplied
Katie Hopkins took to Instagram Live to criticise harsh lockdowns from Sydney hotel quarantine.Source:Supplied

Since it was revealed she was in Australia, a petition calling for her removal from the country has been created.

In less than 24 hours, over 22,000 people signed a Change.org petition calling for Hopkins to return to the UK.

News.com.au asked Channel Seven whether Ms Hopkins was slated to appear on Big Brother VIP, whether the network is paying for her stay in hotel quarantine and whether the network thought it was responsible to have Ms Hopkins on air.

Katie Hopkins at a Donald Trump rally in 2020. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Katie Hopkins at a Donald Trump rally in 2020. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

The network’s external public relations coordinator Shoebridge Knowles Media Group director Neil Shoebridge refused to address the questions on Sunday morning.

“We are not commenting on speculation about the cast of Big Brother VIP,” he said.

Victorian MP Andre Giles was one of the first to take aim at the government for allowing Ms Hopkins into the country.

“Now that Ms Hopkins is in Australia, she has begun broadcasting from what she described as “VIP quarantine”, and has explained how she is opening up her hotel door naked without a face mask in a deliberate attempt to breach hotel quarantine security,” he said.

“This is grossly disrespectful to frontline workers who are only trying to keep up safe.”

Katie Hopkins is a controversial media personality from the UK. Picture: John Sciulli/Getty Images for PoliticonSource:Getty Images
Katie Hopkins is a controversial media personality from the UK. Picture: John Sciulli/Getty Images for PoliticonSource:Getty Images

Her arrival comes just weeks after the Federal Government announced a reduction in the number of overseas travellers arriving to Australia.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison slashed the numbers to reduce pressure on quarantine facilities amid the Delta variant outbreak.

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Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce made it clear that if Ms Hopkins broke the rules of hotel quarantine he would not be fazed in kicking her out of the country.

“I‘m the one who wanted to send home Johnny Depp’s dog so I have no problem sending home someone who wants to flout our laws. If you want to do that, pack your bongo and get out of the country,” he told the ABC.

There was another publication by The Chaser titled: Immigrant Katie Hopkins steals job from Australian racist

Immigrant Katie Hopkins steals job from Australian racist
Immigrant Katie Hopkins steals job from Australian racist

Source: ABC News Australia, News.com.Au

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