Tony Abbott insists he was within the rules when he was snapped without a mask ...

Tony Abbott insists he was within the rules when he was snapped without a mask ...
Tony Abbott insists he was within the rules when he was snapped without a mask ...
Tony Abbott hits back at a sneaky dobber who snapped a photo of him not wearing a mask after a surf in locked-down Sydney - behaviour he describes as 'unsettling' and likens to a communist regime Witness photographed Abbott without mask at Manly on Wednesday morning Mr Abbott claimed he was within the rules as he was exercising at the time NSW Police confirmed they are making inquiries about the photo

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Tony Abbott has hit back at a snitch who photographed him standing at a Sydney beach after a surf, then dobbed him in to police.

The former Australian prime minister was spotted at Manly's Fairy Bower Beach in the northern beaches on Wednesday morning.

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He was snapped chatting to a friend along the promenade without a mask on - which is mandatory in most circumstances during the city's Covid-19 lockdown.

Mr Abbott said he had been exercising at the time and drinking a coffee, and therefore wasn't required to wear a face covering. 

Tony Abbott has insisted he was 'within the rules' after being spotted without a mask down at a beach in Manly on Wednesday morning

Tony Abbott has insisted he was 'within the rules' after being spotted without a mask down at a beach in Manly on Wednesday morning

'Look, I regard myself as having been at all times within the rules. I was surfing. That's exercise. I was with one other person. That's permitted. I then walked briskly to the coffee shop, that's permitted,' he said.

'I didn't have a mask on while I was drinking coffee. That's permitted. So, all ridgy didgy even under the current rather oppressive regime.'

The photo appears to show Mr Abbott in jeans and a jumper talking to a friend along the Manly promenade. 

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