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Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton actively authorised an email on the day in March that the state’s hotel quarantine was set up telling the federal government that private security guards were going to be used to guard returning travellers.
The emails obtained by The Age contradict Professor Sutton’s written and verbal testimony to the hotel quarantine inquiry, in which he said he had not been aware of the use of private security until late May, after the devastating COVID-19 outbreak had occurred.
The series of emails was not tendered to the Board of Inquiry by the Department of Health and Human Services, even though they were required to provide all relevant materials. The inquiry announced on Friday it would hold an extraordinary sitting on October 20, though it’s not known what the sitting is for or who will be asked to appear.
Several departmental sources have this week claimed to The Age that a deliberate decision was made by DHHS and its legal advisers not to give certain emails to the inquiry.
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