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Australia Jenny Mikakos turns on Daniel Andrews in bombshell submission

02:15  10 october  2020
02:15  10 october  2020 Source:   9news.com.au

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Former Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos has turned on Daniel Andrews in a final submission to the hotel quarantine inquiry, warning the premier's evidence should be treated "with caution". In the bombshell submission published this morning

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Former Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos has turned on Daniel Andrews in a final submission to the hotel quarantine inquiry, warning the premier's evidence should be treated "with caution".

In the bombshell submission published this morning, Ms Mikakos reiterated she played "no role in the critical decision to use private security in the frontline, or the terms on which they were contracted – nor did her department".

"For those decisions, others must take responsibility," the submission read.

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The submission follows Ms Mikakos' abrupt resignation from cabinet and parliament via text message a day after Mr Andrews gave his evidence to the inquiry last month.

Ms Mikakos accepted that she was "accountable for the conduct of her department".

But if she was unaware of many critical decisions made when the Hotel Quarantine Program was established, that is "due to no fault on her part".

"The extent of her accountability is a matter for the Board, but should be considered in the context of the shared accountability that was assumed by the DHHS and the DJPR, and the failures of her department in raising issues with her concerning the Hotel Quarantine Program."

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The former minister warned the board should be cautious of the premier's evidence where he sought to explain the reference to the use of private security in the program which he made during a media conference on March 27.

"It is submitted that had the decision not already been made by that time, the Premier would not have announced the use of private security in the program.

"In this regard, it is observed that no evidence was led about what briefings were provided to the Premier by his office in advance of that media conference."


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"The decision not to use the ADF should be considered by the Board as being inextricably linked to the decision to use private security," she said.

"This decision had substantial cost and resource implications for the state and it is inherently unlikely, if not implausible, that such a decision would be the result of a 'creeping assumption' rather than a considered choice at an elevated level of government."

Mr Andrews has maintained the evidence he gave was true and accurate, and that Ms Mikakos' resignation was "appropriate".

"I believe this was appropriate course of action to take," he said last month.

"She's a very, very hard working person and I am grateful to her for her efforts and I am grateful for her contribution to the party."

The premier today refused to comment on Ms Mikakos' final submission.

"I haven't got time to be engaging in debates and discussions," he said.

He confirmed he has not spoken to the former health minister since she resigned.

Victoria Police in its final submission to the inquiry today backed Ms Mikakos' claims the decision to use private security guards was made shortly after a National Cabinet meeting on March 27.

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The decision was "undoubtedly made" before a State Control Centre meeting which was held later that afternoon at 4.30pm, the submission stated.

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"It is impossible to link the downstream impacts of COVID-19 to a specific transmission event in the Rydges hotel, given the wide range of other factors and circumstances involved, the lack of definitive evidence about the nature of the transmission event, and the capricious and unpredictable nature of the virus," the submission read.

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