•   
  •   

Australia Walls close in on Chairman Dan Andrews

06:15  12 october  2020
06:15  12 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

States set to reopen as virus cases fall

  States set to reopen as virus cases fall Australia's COVID-19 case numbers continue to track in the right direction, paving the way for states to allow greater travel and ease other restrictions.

Even the expert behind Daniel Andrews ' economically crippling lockdowns admits he CAN'T guarantee there won't be a third wave of coronavirus in Melbourne.

Walls close in on Chairman Dan Andrews as his right hand man Retail businesses are expected to remain closed next week as desperate workers plead with the premier to reopen the state.

Jenny Mikakos, Daniel Andrews are posing for a picture: MailOnline logo © Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is facing increasing pressure to stand down after the resignation of his right hand man Chris Eccles on Monday.

Victorian Labor MPs have begun to circle Mr Andrews as the political blood of his department chief spilt following revelations he may have made the call to use private security guards at Victorian hotels.

Quarantine breaches involving private security guards seeded 99 per cent of Victoria's deadly second wave of COVID infections, which in turn has led to more than 700 deaths of the elderly.

Careful what you wish for: COVID-19 transforms population politics

  Careful what you wish for: COVID-19 transforms population politics The pandemic has given Sydney a "breather" from population growth. But the city - and the state - is about to discover how our coveted standard of living relies on immigration.Population pressures have preoccupied NSW politics for decades. Traffic congestion, crowded trains and high-rise property developments are perennial themes of public debate, especially in Sydney. Migration is routinely blamed for pushing up prices in the city's famously expensive housing market.

Chairman , sorry, Premier Dan Andrews of Victoria is trying to railroad a bill through the legislature that would allow him to keep the current state of emergency going Other than in Northern Italy, which had a number of unique issues, nowhere in the West came even close to being unable to cope with the

Shut your mouths: Dan Andrews bans Melbourne school kids from singing amid fears children who have been trapped at home in isolation for months might spread EXCLUSIVE: Sign of the times as protests against ' chairman ' Walls close in on Chairman Dan Andrews as his right hand man

Mr Eccles had been appointed secretary of the DPC in December 2014 and led the Victorian public service in advising the premier and the entire government of Victoria.

Victoria records more 12 cases of coronavirus, one death

  Victoria records more 12 cases of coronavirus, one death Victoria has recorded 12 more cases of coronavirus in the past day and one more death. © Justin McManus The Age, News, 10/09/2020 picture Justin McManus. The Premier, Daniel Andrews 100th consecutive press conference on coronavirus. The numbers bring Victoria's 14-day average to 10.4.Melbourne cannot reach its target to take the next step out of lockdown, but some restrictions will be eased next Monday.The decision has frustrated retailers, who argue they should be allowed to open.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews was forced to reimpose tough restrictions within his state after 25 Five other schools have had to close after coronavirus infections were revealed over the weekend. Share or comment on this article: ' Chairman Dan Andrews ' orders more strict lockdowns as

On Monday, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews was informed during his daily press conference of large gatherings of people in and about Princes Park in Carlton - just outside Walls close in on Chairman Dan Andrews as his right hand man Extraordinary scenes as Peta Credlin tears Daniel Andrews to

His resignation will have come as a bitter blow to the premier as questions emerge about who was actually running the state of Victoria when COVID-19 hit - Mr Eccles or Mr Andrews.

Mr Eccles' resignation comes just weeks after the premier's health minister Jenny Mikakos fell on her sword and resigned.

More than 30 security guards ended up catching coronavirus from quarantined returned travellers while working in the hotels.

At his Monday press conference, Mr Andrews told reporters he was shocked to learn Mr Eccles had spoken to the police chief despite his previous evidence to the hotel inquiry.

'I was shocked when I was informed last night that this call had been made and a detailed examination of his records had shown that,' he said.

'I believe he (Chris Eccles) has made the right choice (to resign).'

The premier said Victorians could have confidence in his government.

Chairman Dan bans Melbourne school kids from singing in class

  Chairman Dan bans Melbourne school kids from singing in class Melbourne school children who dared to break into song in class this week after months of home schooling have been told to keep their traps firmly shut. Children in all year levels apart from grades eight to 10 returned to Melbourne schools this week after months of miserable home schooling. But some excited children who innocently rolled out a tune in class have been told to cut it out.

Walls close in on Chairman Dan Andrews as his right hand man Gladys Berejiklian's secret lover exposed: NSW Premier Sky News political editor Andrew Clennell: 'When they call a premier you know they've got something. I actually think I that there's a good chance Gladys Berejiklian will have

At the conclusion of the inquiry, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews apologised for his government's disastrous decision to use private security guards at quarantine hotels. Damning emails show top doctor Brett Sutton KNEW about Walls close in on Chairman Dan Andrews as his right hand man

'The public service is bigger than one person,' Mr Andrews said.

Mr Eccles continues to stand by his evidence to the probe despite standing down.

'My evidence is emphatic that neither myself nor the Department of Premier and Cabinet made a decision to use private security as part of the Hotel Quarantine Program,' he said.

Speaking anonymously to the Herald Sun, several MPs reportedly claimed it was time for Mr Andrews to stand aside so the government could 'restore integrity'.

'It’s now clear the Premier must resign,' one Labor MP told the publication.

'He and Chris Eccles are joined are the hip.

'We have had this charade of an inquiry for month now, people have been locked up and 800 people have died its time for him to go or the 71 people in the Labor caucus to act.'

Last month, an inquiry into the bungled decision heard Mr Andrews announced private security guards would guard returning travellers - without advice from his top bureaucrat.

Then Department of Premier and Cabinet secretary Chris Eccles told the inquiry he did not advise the premier to use private security.

Dan Andrews tears into ABF officials for trans-Tasman blunder

  Dan Andrews tears into ABF officials for trans-Tasman blunder Dan Andrews has blasted Australian Border Force officials for a massive trans-Tasman blunder that allowed 17 New Zealand nationals to fly into Melbourne. The Victorian capital is currently not accepting any international visitors as it works to contain a deadly second wave of COVID-19 cases which has killed more than 800 people. © Provided by Daily Mail Mr Andrews was highly critical of Greg Hunt (pictured) after he criticised Victoria's lockdown But the group were able to sidestep the restriction by travelling into Sydney and then transferring on a domestic flight.

Mr Andrews went public with the scheme during a 3.20 pm press conference on March 27 - just hours after Victoria Police's chief commissioner had been advised by someone from within the Department of Premier and Cabinet that police would play second fiddle to private security guards.

The inquiry heard that a meeting of the National Cabinet was held just hours before Mr Andrews announced the plan to use private security.

These are the changes coming to Melbourne life from 11.59pm Sunday

  These are the changes coming to Melbourne life from 11.59pm Sunday Victorian premier Daniel Andrews has announced a number of social restrictions will be eased from midnight with businesses told they will have to wait another couple of weeks.The state reported two new cases on Sunday and a rolling daily case count of 7.5 in metropolitan Melbourne for the fortnight up to Saturday. Regional Victoria's two-week average is 0.5.

The meeting, which included Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the nation's premiers, was held to discuss the COVID-19 crisis.

It concluded about about 1pm where a briefing was held with various department heads within Victoria.


Video: Andrews denies involvement in Emergency Management Commissioner's hotel quarantine testimony backflip (Sky News Australia)

Business owners slam Dan Andrews over crippling COVID-19 lockdown

  Business owners slam Dan Andrews over crippling COVID-19 lockdown Victoria recorded just two new coronavirus cases on Sunday - and no deaths - prompting the embattled premier to ease several of Melbourne's most hated restrictions.Victoria recorded just two new coronavirus cases on Sunday, prompting the embattled premier to ease several of Melbourne's most hated restrictions.

Victoria Police chief commissioner Graham Ashton texted Mr Eccles about 16 minutes later.

'Chris I am getting word from Canberra for a plan whereby arrivals from overseas are to be subjected to enforced isolation from tomorrow,' Mr Ashton wrote.

'The suggestion is Victorian arrivals are conveyed to a hotel Somewhere where they are guarded by police for 14 days. Are you aware of anything in this regard?? Graham.'

Mr Eccles said although it was his practice to respond to the chief directly, he could not remember doing so.

Six minutes after contacting Mr Eccles, Mr Ashton texted Australian Federal Police Reece Kershaw telling him the DPC had advised police would not be running security at Melbourne hotels.

Mr Ashton told the inquiry he could not recall who it was who told him.

On Friday, Mr Andrews was grilled by journalists over the missing six minutes and days later was asked by the inquiry board to hand over his call records along with those of Mr Eccles and other staffers.

On resigning, Mr Eccles maintained he could not recall talking to Mr Ashton.

'I gave evidence that while I did not recall whether I telephoned former Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton in response to a text message he sent me at 1.16pm on 27 March 2020, I may have.

'Under cross examination I provided an answer to a related question that was inconsistent with the totality of my evidence and the meaning I was intending to convey.

'This was not my intention, as I believe was made very clear by my written statement and further oral evidence.

Border bubble chaos as Kiwi travellers visit other Australian states

  Border bubble chaos as Kiwi travellers visit other Australian states South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania and now Queensland all raised concerns after New Zealanders arrived at their borders expecting access into the states. On Tuesday, South Australia joined the bubble 'effective immediately' after 12 people from New Zealand arrived in the state in the last three days alone.

'At the time I gave evidence I did not have in my possession my full telephone records.'

a close up of a flower: Meeting notes from March 27 where Chris Eccles appear to assume a decision has been made to employ private security at hotels. He cannot remember the meeting © Provided by Daily Mail Meeting notes from March 27 where Chris Eccles appear to assume a decision has been made to employ private security at hotels. He cannot remember the meeting a screenshot of a cell phone: Discussions between the DPC and he state’s Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp indicate the use of ADF personnel before the hotel quarantine program began © Provided by Daily Mail Discussions between the DPC and he state’s Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp indicate the use of ADF personnel before the hotel quarantine program began

Just last week, Ms Mikakos came out swinging against her former leader, suggesting he had lied at the hotel inquiry.

In August, on the final day of the hotel quarantine inquiry, Mr Andrews said he regarded Ms Mikakos and jobs minister Martin Pakula responsible for the hotel program when it began that weekend in March.

But in an extraordinary response to the inquiry's closing submissions last week, Ms Mikakos said it was 'implausible' to suggest that no one made the decision to use private security in the failed quarantine program.

'First, it is implausible to assert that 'the use of private security [was] not really a decision at all', but rather was 'arrived at by way of a creeping assumption, that took hold over a period perhaps a couple of hours, and that wasn't questioned by anyone',' Ms Mikakos stated.

'The Board ought to treat with caution the Premier's evidence where he sought to explain the reference to the use of private security in the Hotel Quarantine Program made by him during his media conference that commenced at 3 pm on 27 March 2020.'

Mr Andrews had told the board he did not know why he mentioned private security at his press conference, but insisted he had not made the decision to use private security.

'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,' Ms Mikakos stated.

After more than a month of sitting, the inquiry heard not a single person could identify who made the decision to hire the private security guards.

Jenny Mikakos holding a sign posing for the camera: Victorian health minister resigned after the inquiry and put the boot into Daniel Andrews in a final swipe © Provided by Daily Mail Victorian health minister resigned after the inquiry and put the boot into Daniel Andrews in a final swipe a group of people in uniform: ADF personnel didn't step foot into a Melbourne hotel until the virus had already leaked out from bumbling private security guards employed by the Victorian state government © Provided by Daily Mail ADF personnel didn't step foot into a Melbourne hotel until the virus had already leaked out from bumbling private security guards employed by the Victorian state government

Mr Eccles had come under fire from counsel assisting the inquiry Rachel Ellyard.

'You are probably aware in a more general sense of evidence that's been given before the board from a number of other people who were also not aware of where the decision was made and when and by whom,' she said.

'The decision to engage private security ended up employing thousands of people and costing tens of millions of dollars. Shouldn't we be able to say who made it, as a matter of proper governance?'

Mr Eccles suggested the decision was likely made by a 'collective' of government officials.

At the March 27 press conference, Mr Andrews said that police, private security and the government's health team would be working together at the hotels.

'We've been working on this for quite some time,' Mr Andrews said.

He further revealed 500 police working on coronavirus enforcement would be freed up by the private security guard plan.

Mr Eccles claimed he had no knowledge of the plan and could not speculate on what the premier meant during the press conference.

'It's really interesting and important question because ... it seizes at the issue of individual and collective decision-making,' Mr Eccles said.

Under cross examination by a barrister representing Victoria Police, Mr Eccles said it was possible he had delegated an underling to respond to Mr Ashton, but could not be sure.

The inquiry heard at a meeting held after Mr Andrews' press conference that day, the decision to use private security firms over police and Australian Defence Force personnel appeared to be well a truly decided.

In notes of the meeting, which Mr Eccles cannot remember attending, Mr Eccles is noted as stating that he assumes private security had got the job.

At the same meeting, Mr Ashton is noted asking what role Victoria Police would have.

'ADF will be assisting in spot-checking processes from what the PM and the Premier confirmed ... we're trying to keep the ADF presence back of house – to prevent the ADF presence obvious to the community etc,' he is noted as asking.

'Police wont [sic] guard but will be doing the checks?'.

Daniel Andrews wearing a suit and tie: Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews will front the hotel inquiry on Wednesday © Provided by Daily Mail Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews will front the hotel inquiry on Wednesday

The inquiry heard repeatedly that ADF personnel would be available to guard Victorian quarantine hotels if required.

The inquiry had heard that Mr Eccles was directly offered ADF support, but he could not recall whether he acted upon the offer or forwarded it up the chain of command.

Instead, the Victorian Government appeared more interested in obtaining cash from the Commonwealth to support it's army of bungling rent-a-cops.

Read more

Border bubble chaos as Kiwi travellers visit other Australian states .
South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania and now Queensland all raised concerns after New Zealanders arrived at their borders expecting access into the states. On Tuesday, South Australia joined the bubble 'effective immediately' after 12 people from New Zealand arrived in the state in the last three days alone.

usr: 1
This is interesting!