Frydenberg says Victorians need answers about hotel quarantine failures

Victorians deserve answers about “serious failures with deadly consequences” in the state’s hotel quarantine system, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has argued.

Mr Frydenberg, who is the Federal Government’s most senior Victorian MP, said his home state was entitled to more information about what went wrong.

“Victorians know the ‘what’, but they don’t know the ‘how’ and the ‘why’ when it comes to the quarantine failures,” he said.

“And what we’re dealing with here is hundreds of new cases in Victoria every day, 97 to 98 per cent of new cases in Australia are coming from Victoria alone.”

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews today announced the state had recorded 466 new coronavirus cases, with 12 deaths in the last 24 hours.

Breaches in hotel quarantine have been blamed for contributing to the state’s coronavirus outbreak, which has seen Melbourne placed under curfew and hundreds of thousands of people told not to go to work.

An inquiry into what went wrong has been delayed due to the state’s stage 4 coronavirus restrictions.

More to come.