“As quickly as we get that element, we might be visiting every of these individuals and ensuring that they’re totally updated, because it have been, in terms of the foundations, the rules, the constructions that now we have in Victoria.”
“At round 5.30 yesterday night, 17 individuals from New Zealand, having travelled on a world flight from New Zealand to Sydney, have been then allowed to board a aircraft and journey to Melbourne,” Mr Andrews mentioned.
“They did not spend very lengthy on the airport. They left the airport inside solely minutes, actually, of getting arrived. Our officers have completely no energy to cease somebody, to detain somebody in these circumstances.”
The 17 individuals could not ‘should be examined’, he mentioned.
As soon as the state authorities receives the embarkation playing cards, Victoria Police is predicted to finish welfare checks, and the travellers might be given details about the necessities of Victoria’s COVID-19 restrictions, like carrying masks exterior.
Mr Andrews mentioned the travellers ought to have been requested at Sydney Airport the place they have been going to and informed they couldn’t enter Melbourne below the trans-Tasman bubble settlement.
He mentioned he didn’t imagine the travellers had finished something incorrect, and since they got here from New Zealand the place there’s little virus, they could not should be examined for COVID-19.
“I’ve written to the Prime Minister this morning and we’re dissatisfied this has occurred on condition that I had written to the Prime Minister on this very situation the day before today, saying in some unspecified time in the future
we’ll be part of that New Zealand/Australia journey bubble however it’s not acceptable now.
“That is successfully potential as a result of we’ve not closed our border, I do not suppose these individuals may have travelled domestically into different states the place borders are closed. That’s what the Prime Minister needs. We now have finished that and now we see 17 individuals turning up on our doorstep with none discover, with none construction and we nonetheless cannot get the playing cards from Australian Border Power as to who these individuals are and the place they’ve gone.”
“There are extra flights approaching Sunday from New Zealand and we do not need a repeat of this,” he mentioned.
“However absolutely it’s not past those that are answerable for the borders of our nation ensuring that solely those that are within the New Zealand bubble can obtain home passengers after they’ve arrived into a world airport.
“There’s maybe some refinements that should be made throughout this complete association … some issues have gone incorrect right here.
“Our formal place is we aren’t prepared to just accept individuals into our State from different nations, even New Zealand, notably whereas Victorians themselves and notably Melburnians do not have the liberty of motion that they need and that that they’re entitled to.”
The Victorian Premier mentioned he had written to the Prime Minister to say he was dissatisfied this has occurred, given he had written to him on the identical situation the day earlier than.
Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Rick Nugent mentioned he was made conscious this morning that 17 individuals from New Zealand landed in Melbourne on Friday night time. Police have been anticipating to obtain their addresses quickly to allow them to undertake welfare checks, he added.
“I used to be notified this morning,” he informed reporters at a press convention on Saturday. “We could have a task later as we speak to verify on their welfare and wellbeing previous to them transferring, I perceive, again to Sydney.
“They’re in Melbourne, they aren’t topic to detention orders however are topic to restrictions as all others are in metro Melbourne.”
“We now have been supplied recommendation they aren’t below detention orders, I do not know the legality of it,” he mentioned. “I am not sure of once they plan to return to Sydney.”
Ashleigh McMillan is a breaking information reporter at The Age. Bought a narrative? Electronic mail me at email@example.com
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