Australia Victorian coronavirus hotel quarantine inquiry to be delayed due to stage 4 restrictions

09:20  05 august  2020
09:20  05 august  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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The inquiry set up to examine hotel quarantine errors that could have led to "every case" of coronavirus in Victoria 's second wave will investigate Public witness examinations are scheduled to start on August 6 and the inquiry is due to report by September 25. Mr Neal said anticipated

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced that coronavirus restrictions are being tightened again due to an increase in cases. Key points: Victoria recorded 25 new coronavirus cases overnight, including 14 linked to existing outbreaks and one returned traveller in hotel quarantine .

The inquiry into what went wrong in Victoria's hotel quarantine program has been delayed due to the state's stage 4 coronavirus restrictions on workplaces.

The board of inquiry, headed by former Family Court judge Jennifer Coate, was due to start hearing evidence tomorrow, but this has now been postponed until August 17.

It was originally due to report by September 25, but will now report in November.

The hearings will be conducted entirely online.

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In a special hearing this afternoon, Ms Coate said she was not willing to risk inquiry staff being exposed to the "risks of this highly infectious and dangerous virus that continues to spread daily in our community".

"I acknowledge this extension of time for reporting will cause frustration and distress to many," she said.

Ms Coate also noted the inquiry was not a court and there were no restrictions on what public figures could say.

"There is no general restriction or prohibition which would prevent a person from commenting publicly or answering questions to which they know the answers on matters that are the subject of examination by this board of inquiry," she said.

Premier Daniel Andrews and Health Minister Jenny Mikakos have been criticised by the Opposition for using the inquiry to deflect questions about the program.

More to come.

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