Barnaby Joyce called on the Morrison Government to step in and “take charge” for Victoria ‘s handling of the coronavirus crisis as the state clashes with “nutters” who refuse to wear masks and the bungled hotel quarantine mess.
The former deputy prime minister today responded to accusations that Victorian prime minister Daniel Andrews was too slow to bring in the army to guard the hotels, leaving private security companies in charge and reports that guards were having sex with returning travellers.
Mr Joyce said the Victoria hotel quarantine mess was “a complete fiasco” and if the Morrison government were in power, things might have been different.
“It would be better co-ordinated across the nation. Some of the issues, such as the arbitrary nature of borders could be dealt with in a more pragmatic and realistic way,’’ he told Sunrise.
“Obviously, Mr Andrews … he has to be honest and say, ‘The Federal Government and greater resources should be able to step in’. It is not good.”
There are calls for the Federal Government to take over Victoria's COVID-19 response and for future outbreaks to be managed by the Commonwealth rather than individual states.
— Sunrise (@sunriseon7) July 26, 2020
Prime Minister Scott Morrison was questioned if the Federal Government would come in to take-over the COVID-19 response in Victoria.
“The Federal Government has just one job and that is to support the Victorian government in all of these initiatives,” Mr Morrison said.
“That is why there is more than 1400 ADF personnel in Victoria right now, supporting across a whole range of tasks to give Victoria every effort, resource that they need to get on top of this.