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THREAD. There's a common misapprehension about biosecurity responsibilities in Australia & who has carriage. There is a director of biosecurity (who is also the the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Water & Environment [DAWE] (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Me…). #COVID19au
Metcalfe's remit is everything APART from human biosecurity. The Chief Medical Officer (currently Dr Brendan Murphy, @healthgovau) is the "director of human biosecurity". State/Territory health depts are his key authorities in their respective states/territories. #COVID19au
DAWE officers only undertake the human bio security role as agents of Commonwealth & State/Territory health departments; they do what health authorities instruct them to do. DAWE staff are NOT medically trained; they act on the directions of the relevant state health department.
Relative to the Ruby Princess disaster, there are two issues: who undertook the risk assessment of disembarking 2700 PAX during a pandemic; & then who authorised letting them off the ship. Surely @AusBorderForce proactively should have over-ridden any other agency's call. Surely.
That @AusBorderForce commish Michael Outram was instructed to front the media to dump on @GladysB & @NSWHealth is disgusting: @ScottMorrisonMP (& @PeterDutton_MP & the Pez) are playing politics to the hilt, just as the PM & his press office did during the summer bushfire crisis.
Here's the Biosecurity Act 2015. It's a great read! See classic.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/c…
#COVID19au
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