Sky News: Allowing of two overseas passengers to skip quarantine is ‘not good enough


The Australia Institute’s Executive Director Ben Oquist says it is “not good enough” after New South Wales Police admitted to incorrectly allowing two overseas travellers to skip hotel quarantine in the state. It comes after two German travellers skipped past hotel quarantine and entered Victoria after arriving at Sydney Airport.

A statement was released by New South Wales Police on Sunday claiming ownership of the mistake. The issued statement noted: “The New South Wales Police Force has since conducted a review in the circumstances of the incident and identified police had incorrectly allowed the two travellers to proceed to Melbourne.

“Police practices and systems at the airport have also been reviewed and strengthened as a result of this incident”. While noting that this occurrence wasn’t good enough, Mr Oquist also said, “mistakes will happen”.

“Mistakes will happen, that’s the nature of a virus that has resulted in lockdowns and quarantines and borders … holes will occasionally be found. “And best thing is to learn the lessons from that,” he told Sky News.

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