Peter Dutton’s handyman ‘anxious’ after shaking his hand


Brisbane handyman Brad Johns said he was disappointed he was not told Mr Dutton — who tested positive for the virus — could be symptomatic and was not informed when he was diagnosed.

“I only found out through the news on Friday evening. That was the first I’d heard that he tested positive,” he told 7 News.

“I’m actually quite anxious because I’ve been trying to get tested.

“Because I’m not displaying any symptoms, everyone seems to be refusing tests due to a current shortage in the system.”

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Brad Johns shook hands with Peter Dutton. Picture: 7 NewsSource:Supplied

The Home Affairs Minister announced he tested positive on Friday. Picture: Mandel Ngan/ AFP

The Home Affairs Minister announced he tested positive on Friday. Picture: Mandel Ngan/ AFPSource:AFP

Mr Johns did a job for the Dutton family through Airtasker on Thursday evening.

He said the possibility of Mr Dutton having symptoms and not saying so was “quite disappointing, especially for someone in his position”.

Mr Johns is in isolation in a two-bedroom apartment with his baby.

He said he didn’t receive any contact from Mr Dutton’s office until he expressed his concern.

Mr Dutton said in a statement he was sorry about the situation.

“Brad’s details were passed onto Queensland Health and I understand he is upset that he can’t get a test straight away but that is the advice of Queensland Health,” he said.

“I’m sorry he’s in this situation and hope he doesn’t present with any symptoms.”

Mr Johns said isolation was extremely hard.

“I’ve literally got to sit here and wait for 14 days not knowing whether or not I have the virus,” he said.

Two women on a flight with Mr Dutton have tested positive for the virus.

Debbie Kilroy and indigenous activist Boneta-Marie Mabo were on a flight with Mr Dutton

Debbie Kilroy and indigenous activist Boneta-Marie Mabo were on a flight with Mr DuttonSource:Supplied

Sisters Inside advocate Debbie Kilroy and indigenous activist Boneta-Marie Mabo were on a flight from Sydney to Los Angeles with the Minister, before he found out he was infected.

Ms Kilroy said she couldn’t be sure Mr Dutton made them ill, but he was sitting just two seats in front and he was the only confirmed case she was aware of having contact with.



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