Lawrence Mooney apologises to Triple M for lockdown breach
Triple M Sydney Breakfast host Lawrence Mooney has admitted he acted like “the King Cock of Cock Island” in breaching the NSW public health order and holidaying in Byron Bay.
Last week, it was revealed the radio host had broken COVID-19 restrictions by slipping off to northern NSW during the survey break, despite working in a ‘Red Zone’.
This morning, he addressed the controversy on air and said he knows he can’t act like the rules don’t apply to him.
“I’d like to apologise to the Triple M family for acting like King Cock of Cock Island,” he said.
He also apologised to NSW Police for “wasting resources, in having them rock around to my joint to hear my story and then issue a notice”.
Mooney said he takes full responsibility for his actions.
“Today I front the Court of Cant’s in the full knowledge that I have done the wrong thing, copped my fair whack from the constabulary to whit a $1,000 fine and take full responsibility for my actions. I worked in a red zone right here in the Tower of Sound in World Square – that being Greater Sydney – lived in a Green Zone, the Southern Highlands, didn’t self-isolate for the required 14 days before holidaying in another Green Zone, Byron Bay. I transgressed a public health order. Moonman, you cannot sit in judgement of others and then flagrantly flout the rules. Moonman, you can’t,” he said to himself on air this morning.
He also stressed to Sydney the seriousness of the situation it finds itself in, and issued an impassioned plea for others to do the right thing.
“But in all seriousness Sydney, and inevitably New South Wales, is entering a dire period of the contagion, and my actions, were they to be repeated, could end up in extended lockdowns, illness and death. That’s the height of the stakes we’re talking about, and I don’t shirk from the seriousness or my part as an example to others. I should have stayed put, but instead headed to Byron Bay… to holiday when I should have stated home.”