Australia deports far-right U.K. commentator Katie Hopkins
Of note: New South Wales police said in a statement they helped the Australian Border Force transfer a 46-year-old U.K.-bound woman, later identified as Hopkins, to Sydney International Airport and issued her with an AU$1000 fine ($737) for breaching hotel quarantine rules by not wearing a face covering.
Why it matters: While in mandatory hotel quarantine in Sydney, Hopkins posted a since-deleted video online in which she railed against lockdowns and joked about breaching the rules by answering the door naked and maskless to people delivering her meals.
- Australia's border remains closed to most non-residents, but Hopkins was given a travel exemption to appear on a reality TV show.
- Her video caused outrage in Australia, with thousands of Australians stranded overseas after the government last week reduced the cap on the number of permanent residents allowed to return home as the country battles coronavirus outbreaks in multiple places.
What they're saying: The producers of the TV show "Big Brother VIP" and the Seven Network said in a statement Sunday that Hopkins would not appear on the program and they "strongly condemn her irresponsible and reckless comments in hotel quarantine."
- Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation earlier Monday that Hopkins' visa had been canceled overnight and officials would be "getting her out of the country" as soon as arrangements could be made.
Editor's note: This article has been updated with further details on Hopkins' deportation and fine.