A senior hotel quarantine bureaucrat who allegedly refused to take a COVID test has been stood down, following the leaking of confidential documents into the state’s hotel quarantine system overnight.
Victorian Police Minister Danny Pearson confirmed he asked Matiu Bush, who had been managing infection prevention across the state’s hotel quarantine scheme, to stand down after being made aware of reports of breaches published in The Australian.
According to the article, Bush was reported to authorities twice since March after defying a Defence Force request for a mandatory COVID-19 test and breaching infection-control protocols.
The newspaper obtained dozens of daily confidential reports spanning January to April that documented hundreds of breaches and incidents by people involved in the hotel quarantine scheme.
According to the report, Bush was counselled over the April 20 incident and took a COVID test later that day. He was also counselled for an earlier incident on March 1.
Camera IconThe leaking of the report has identified serious breaches in the state’s hotel quarantine system. Ian Currie/NCA NewsWire Credit: News Corp Australia
An operational incidents review obtained by The Australian claimed when Bush went to check out of the Intercontinental Hotel on April 20, they were asked by an ADF corporal if they’d had a test…