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Australia Opposition call for top public servant to resign over hotel quarantine scandal

10:30  22 september  2020
10:30  22 september  2020 Source:   skynews.com.au

'ADF available': Police chief diary note contradicts Andrews on military

  'ADF available': Police chief diary note contradicts Andrews on military Diary notes made by Police Chief Commissioner Shane Patton seem to directly contradict comments to Parliament by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews over the offer of military assistance in hotel quarantine.One note in Mr Patton's diary in the crucial days leading up to the quarantine program starting on March 29 says: "ADF available re hotels static guarding of those sites".

Victoria’s top public servant has told the inquiry into Melbourne’s botched hotel system while he remembers the offer of ADF assistance in the program, he cannot remember if he passed it on. Department of Premier and Cabinet Secretary Chris Eccles fronted the inquiry on Monday

Amid a scandal over hotel quarantine and security breaches in the Australian state of Victoria, and a severe spike in Covid-19 infections linked partly to that, Australia's second largest city Melbourne returned to a "hard lockdown" with strict stay at home orders from midnight Tuesday.

Victoria’s top public servant has told the inquiry into Melbourne’s botched hotel system while he remembers the offer of ADF assistance in the program, he cannot remember if he passed it on.

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Senior Coalition MP Michael Sukkar has slammed the Andrews government for the “ hotel quarantine debacle” as he reveals the extent of suffering caused by

The bungled hotel quarantine program saw COVID-19 escape back into Victoria. After four weeks of hearings no-one has revealed who hired private As the public inquiry into the disastrous program continued in Melbourne on Tuesday, it was revealed public servants routinely briefed ministers on

Department of Premier and Cabinet Secretary Chris Eccles fronted the inquiry on Monday, revealing he too could not remember whose decision it was to use private security guards to secure quarantine hotels.

Southbank Capital Chairman Francis Galbally, on Monday night, told Sky News host Peter Credlin both Premier Daniel Andrews and Mr Eccles should lose their jobs over the incident, particularly as Mr Eccles could not recall referring the offer of federal assistance to anyone.

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“That to me is a disgrace, that man, for a start, should be made to resign, Dan Andrews should sack him and Dan Andrews should resign,” Mr Galbally said.

Mr Andrews and Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos will front the inquiry on Wednesday.

Dan Andrews' right hand man could take fall for quarantine disaster .
Lawyers said Department of Premier and Cabinet secretary Chris Eccles should have told the premier federal officials offered Australian Defence Force support in an April 8 exchange.Legal counsel for the inquiry submitted their recommendations on Monday - urging it to find Mr Andrews was not kept sufficiently informed of issues with the program, which the inquiry found became a COVID-19 'seeding ground' and caused 768 deaths.

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