NSW police are keeping Sydney residents in their sights this weekend to try and travel to the regions as it emerged Friday that Deputy Prime Minister John Barilaro’s daughter was fined last week for a trip from Queanbeyan to Sydney and back – via Canberra – previous week.
Police confirmed that a “very helpful and apologetic” Domenica Barilaro, 20, was fined $1,000 for failing to comply with the public health decree banning travel between the regions and Greater Sydney.
In a statement, a spokesman for the NSW Police Department said it was alleged that she had “traveled from regional NSW to Sydney and then to the ACT on Friday 9 July, before returning to her home in regional NSW”.
Asked about the breach during a press conference on Friday, NSW Deputy Police Commissioner Gary Warboys confirmed that Ms Barilaro was spoken to by Queanbeyan police officers and “was attentive to the investigation, polite and forthcoming, and that a notice of infringement was issued.” [to] her”.
Mr Barilaro’s office has been contacted for comment.
Deputy Commissioner Warboys said police would focus this weekend on enforcing the ban on travel between Greater Sydney and regional NSW.
“We’ve talked a lot about people moving outside of Greater Sydney and trying to cover that up in a sort of business trip when it’s really a holiday,” he said.
People who have been caught have tried “to apologize to police as to why they were found outside Greater Sydney carrying a caravan or camping gear,” he said.