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Australia Brett Sutton stands by testimony to COVID-19 Hotel Quarantine Inquiry despite email about private security

08:30  17 october  2020
08:30  17 october  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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to COVID - 19 Hotel Quarantine Inquiry despite email about private security . in Melbourne's quarantine hotels until May, even though he responded to an email about the arrangements more Brett Sutton says he stands by his evidence that he only learned private security was being used

The COVID - 19 Hotel Quarantine Inquiry has been looking into the beleaguered scheme after its failures were blamed for Victoria's devastating second wave However, when he gave verbal evidence to the inquiry , Mr Andrews said he was not sure why he had mentioned private security at the press

Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton insists he did not know private security was being used in Melbourne's quarantine hotels until May, even though he responded to an email about the arrangements more than a month earlier.

Professor Sutton said he "did not register anything" about the use of private security when he responded to the email, which was sent from a departmental colleague to the Department of Home Affairs.

The Age newspaper published an email chain from March 27 — the day hotel quarantine arrangements were being made — in which Professor Sutton was asked a series of questions about Victoria's program, including "what security arrangements are in place to ensure compliance".

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Victorian chief health officer Brett Sutton told the hotel quarantine inquiry on Wednesday: ‘I did Victoria’s chief health officer, Prof Brett Sutton , had no idea private security guards were being used in hotel quarantine until the outbreaks in June that led to the state’s second wave of Covid - 19 cases.

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Professor Sutton forwarded the email to a colleague, who responded to the original questions. On the issue of security arrangements, they wrote:

"Directions will be provided to passengers as the (sic) disembark and will be supported by Victoria Police at the airport. Private security is being contracted to provide security at the hotels with escalation arrangements to VicPol as needed."

Professor Sutton responded to the email three minutes later, saying: "Thanks so much."

He later told the COVID-19 Hotel Quarantine Inquiry that he was not aware private security was in place to guard returned travellers until late May, after there was an outbreak at the Rydges on Swanston hotel.

Asked about the email at a press conference on Saturday, Professor Sutton said: "This particular email was a response to the Commonwealth where they had asked some questions, and it was passed over to someone in the command structure for the hotel quarantine program.

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Victorian Chief Medical Officer Brett Sutton had told the inquiry into the hotel quarantine he did not know private security was even in the hotels until they were the site of COVID - 19 outbreaks in May. 'In other words, Professor Sutton stands by the evidence which was provided honestly.'

However, when Professor Sutton appeared at the inquiry , he said he first found out about private security being Professor Sutton has stood by his testimony . The chief health officer was absent at Friday’s Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says Professor Sutton may appear at the COVID press

"I saw that they were responding back to the Commonwealth and I thanked them for the responses that they were given, but I clearly did not register that anything was being said about private security.

"Otherwise I would've gone to the inquiry and said that I was aware of it."

Department did not provide emails to inquiry: report

The Age reports the emails were not provided to the hotel quarantine inquiry.

Asked about this, Professor Sutton said a team within the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) was tasked with the chore of finding and submitting the relevant emails sought by the inquiry.

Professor Sutton said he had made all of his emails, archived or otherwise, available for the team to go through.

"I know that they've gone through a process of looking at all of the emails that fit the terms of reference of the request that was made from the inquiry and provided all of those," he said.

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Catch up on the main COVID - 19 news from December 18 with our coronavirus blog. In an extraordinary sitting on Tuesday afternoon, counsel assisting the hotel quarantine inquiry Tony Neal QC revealed the inquiry Sutton was emailed about use of private security in hotel quarantine .

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"I don't know what the terms of reference are. My role is not to determine what goes or doesn't go [to the inquiry]."

Professor Sutton said his officials would provide "anything else that's requested from the inquiry", and he would be willing to reappear if asked.

The State Opposition has been calling for Professor Sutton to be recalled and re-examined.

Hotel quarantine inquiry will sit again next week

The hotel inquiry announced on Friday that it would hold an "extraordinary sitting" next week, but did not provide further detail.

"I don't know what they're going to be doing," Premier Daniel Andrews said on Saturday. "It's an independent process, and it should be independent. It's not a matter of engaging with me."

The inquiry's announcement followed the inquiry's receipt of additional information, including phone records from some of the key players, including Premier Daniel Andrews and top public servants.

In his testimony to the inquiry in September, Professor Sutton said he could see that the use of a highly casualised workforce of security guards was a problem.

The inquiry also heard Professor Sutton did not have oversight of hotel quarantine program.

Mr Andrews said the Chief Health Officer and his deputies had his confidence.

"And they should enjoy the confidence of all Victorians, because they're working very hard for all Victorians."

Hotel quarantine inquiry seeks explanation from Brett Sutton after emails contradict his evidence on use of private security firms .
Victoria's hotel quarantine inquiry asks Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton to provide another statement to the board after a series of emails contradict his evidence about the use of private security firms.In an extraordinary sitting this afternoon, counsel assisting Tony Neal QC told the chair of the probe that it had received a series of emails and was seeking more documents from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) which better indicated when Professor Sutton knew of the decision to use private security at the hotels.

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