ABC journalist's Dan Murphy's slip lights up social media

Ash Cant
·5-min read

An ABC reporter had quite the Freudian slip while announcing the public broadcaster would be crossing to a press conference with Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.

Overnight, it was announced a hotel quarantine worker in the state tested positive for Covid-19, after being out in the community, prompting the state to reintroduce restrictions.

ABC host Beverley O'Connor was flagging the upcoming presser Wednesday night when she accidentally called the Victorian premier ‘Dan Murphy’, mistakenly invoking the Australian liquor store.

The ABC's Beverley O'Connor accidentally referred to Victorian premier Daniel Andrews as 'Dan Murphy'. Source: ABC via Twitter
The ABC's Beverley O'Connor accidentally referred to Victorian premier Daniel Andrews as 'Dan Murphy'. Source: ABC via Twitter

“The Victorian Department of Health has confirmed a hotel quarantine worker has tested positive to Covid-19,” Ms O’Connor said.

“We'll be crossing to a press conference with Dan Murphy – uh, Dan Andrews, soon.”

The gaffe didn’t go unnoticed by viewers and soon after ‘Dan Murphy’, along with ‘Dan Andrews’ were trending on Twitter.

“Oh Beverley, you're not the only one who thinks of Dan Murphy’s when there's a Covid update coming from Daniel Andrews,” one person tweeted.

“Both Dan's have served us very well through this pandemic. You will be forgiven by all [Beverley],” another viewer said.

The ABC journalist took it in her stride, taking to social media to poke fun at her viral moment.

“Not on the beers tonight I promise, not Dan Murphy but Dan Andrews now on ABC News,” she tweeted, alluding the the premier’s iconic “get on the beers” line, which was made into a song that placed high in Triple J’s Hottest 100 count.

Ms O’Connor also recognised she may never live the slip up down and did apologise to Mr Andrews.

It’s not the first time a Dan Murphy’s gaffe has delighted the Australian public during the pandemic after Australian Nobel prize-winning immunologist Professor Peter Doherty accidentally tweeted his search for the liquor megastore’s opening hours, earning him thousands of new followers and his own viral moment.

Coles, Kmart and Bunnings among exposure sites

A 26-year-old "resident support worker" at Melbourne's Grand Hyatt hotel tested positive on Wednesday resulting in Mr Andrews announcing fresh restrictions on gatherings and ordered all Victorians to wear masks.

The hotel worker from Noble Park in the city's southeast visited numerous public places and shops before returning a positive test on Wednesday.

Victorian public health teams have listed “Tier One” exposure sites the must be aware of.

“Anyone who has visited these Tier 1 exposure sites during these times must immediately isolate, get a coronavirus test, and remain isolated for 14 days,” the Department of Health and Human Services website says.

The worker who tested positive works at. the Grand Hyatt Melbourne in Melbourne. Source: AAP
The worker who tested positive works at. the Grand Hyatt Melbourne in Melbourne. Source: AAP

Exposure sites for Saturday 30th January 2021

  • Club Noble in Noble Park, 46-56 Moodemere St, Noble Park VIC 3174, between 2.36pm and 3.30pm

  • Aces Sporting Club (Driving Range), Cnr Springvale Rd and Hutton Rd, Keysborough, VIC 3173, between 10pm and 11.15pm

Exposure sites for Sunday 31st January 2021

  • Northpoint Café Brighton, 2b North Road, Brighton VIC 3186, between 8.10am and 9.30am

  • Kmart Keysborough, Parkmore Keysborough Shopping Centre, C/317 Cheltenham Rd, Keysborough VIC 3173 between 4pm and 5pm

  • Kmart Brandon Park, Brandon Park Shopping Centre, Cnr Springvale & Ferntree Gully Rds, Brandon Park, VIC 3170, between 4.35pm and 5.10pm

  • Coles Springvale, 825 Dandenong Rd, Springvale VIC 317, between 5pm and 6pm

Exposure sites for Monday 1 February 2021

  • Bunnings Springvale, 849 Princes Hwy, Springvale VIC 317, between 11.28am and 12.15pm

  • Melbourne Golf Academy, 385 Centre Dandenong Rd, Heatherton VIC 3202, between 5.19pm and 6.36pm

From 11:59pm on Wednesday, several new statewide restrictions came into effect, it's not yet known if the man is carrying a potent offshore strain of the virus, so Mr Andrews said the state was “assuming the worst”.

"Through an abundance of caution, we're assuming the worst. I think that's always a smart thing to do," Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters overnight.

Masks are now mandatory in public indoor spaces, except while eating and drinking, across the state.

It is also encouraged people visiting another household wear a mask.

Household gatherings have been reduced from from 30 to 15, meaning a household can have 15 people over and this excludes children under 12 months of age.

The “return to work” cap for public and private sectors will remain at 50 per cent.

Mr Andrews called for calm and urged widespread community testing as he confirmed the latest positive case.

"This is one case. We are all well trained and well schooled in what to do as a state," he said.

Health authorities are awaiting further genomic test results to confirm the origin of the man's virus. Those results are expected on Friday.

Close contacts of the man are in isolation and undergoing testing.

with AAP

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