On Thursday 5 May, I began to feel COVID like symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19.
I immediately entered 7 days of isolation at home.
While it’s disappointing to be house bound as the 2022 Federal Election enters its final two weeks, I recognise that this is now a new part of life we must all get used to.
Out of an abundance of caution, my office and I have begun contacting people with whom I’ve been in close contact to ensure they are aware of my condition and can keep an eye out for any symptoms themselves.
I have been campaigning out in the community every day, right across my electorate; attending events, knocking on doors and so forth. I felt it was necessary, therefore, to issue a public notice about my condition by way of this statement.
I have cancelled a range of planned constituent meetings, media opportunities and public appearances including keynote speeches and a candidate debate.
I have also cancelled my attendance at an engagement with IOC President Thomas Bach, as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Politics is a team sport and I can assure the people of Fairfax that my team will continue full steam ahead despite my absence; my office will continue to serve constituents and my army of generous volunteers will continue to drive my election campaign.
Subject to my own condition, I plan to constantly be on the phone and taking to social media and online meetings over the days ahead, to engage the community and promote my local plan to create an even stronger future for the Sunshine Coast.