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Crozier-O'Donohue - Labor’s hotel quarantine disaster exposed placing even more lives at risk

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Tuesday 20 October 2020

Labor’s hotel quarantine disaster exposed placing even more lives at risk

Labor’s disastrous hotel quarantine fiasco has been revealed to have potentially exposed hundreds of returned travellers to infections including HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.

Disgracefully, and in what smacks of yet another cover-up, the Andrews Labor Government was first made aware of these very serious concerns in August, yet they were only made public yesterday.

In Labor’s shambolic hotel quarantine program, blood glucose level testing devices designed to be used by only one person were shared amongst returned travellers. This has potentially exposed returned travellers to infections of deadly blood-borne viruses.

Not only has Daniel Andrews’ hotel quarantine mess cost nearly 800 Victorians their lives, but hundreds more have also been potentially exposed to other life-threatening infections.

Comprehensive, independent investigations into how this mess occurred must be established and all findings released publicly.

Safer Care Victoria and DHHS must also publicly release everything they know and all findings of investigations into how this was able to occur.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Health, Georgie Crozier:

“Nearly 800 Victorians have lost their lives due to Daniel Andrews’ hotel quarantine mess, now hundreds more could have been exposed to other deadly diseases.

“Victorians deserve to know the truth about exactly how Daniel Andrews allowed this latest extremely serious breach of infection control has occurred.

Comments attributable to Shadow Attorney-General, Edward O’Donohue:

“Labor’s hotel quarantine disaster, already the worst public policy failure in Australia’s history, has been exposed placing even more lives at risk.

“Victorians are sick of the cover-ups. Daniel Andrews and Jill Hennessy must tell the truth about how this latest debacle has occurred.”