“When the COVID-19 case numbers started to escalate in Victoria by the tip of June 2020, the Prime Minister wrote to Premier Andrews on three separate events (four July 2020, 6 July 2020 and 11 July 2020) reaffirming the Commonwealth’s preparedness to proceed the supply of ADF assist to Victoria as wanted,” the submission reads.
“Premier Andrews expressed his appreciation for the Commonwealth’s continued efforts in assembly earlier requests for help, together with ADF help (letters dated 5 July 2020, 7 July 2020, 12 July 2020 and 14 July 2020).”
However by then, Victoria’s second wave was already surging.
The submission additionally revealed that Victoria’s prime public servant was supplied ADF assist for the quarantine program again in April.
The e-mail was despatched by the boss of the Commonwealth public service, Phil Gaetjens, to Chris Eccles, his equal within the Victorian public service.
Mr Gaetjens stated the NSW authorities had acquired assist with its quarantine lodges from the ADF.
“The Commonwealth can be keen to help Victoria in the same method when you wished to rethink your mannequin,” Mr Gaetjens wrote.
“Thanks Phil,” Mr Eccles responded.
Personal safety guards, many working as informal subcontractors on the Rydges on Swanston resort in Carlton and the CBD’s Stamford Plaza, unfold the virus from returned travellers into the broader neighborhood. Chief Well being Officer Brett Sutton instructed the inquiry yesterday that, “with the good thing about hindsight”, using such an insecure workforce was unlucky.
“I can see that utilizing a extremely casualised workforce, typically from a decrease socio-economic background, the place that signifies that poor depart provisions, restrict how one can take care of and financially assist one’s household if unwell,” he stated.