Hotel hissy fit as Victorian police minister Lisa Neville picked up the paper

Victoria's police minister Lisa Neville chucked a hissy fit upon learning in the media that Australian Defence Force personnel were to be deployed at Melbourne quarantine hotels. 

Ms Neville told the public inquiry into the state's disastrous hotel quarantine program that she was 'pretty cranky' upon opening a Melbourne newspaper and reading that hundreds of troops would be replacing private security guards. 

The minister had learned of the call for troops at midnight upon reading a front page newspaper report. 

Victoria's Minister for Police and Emergency Services was 'pretty cranky' upon reading an article containing information she believes she oyught have known about

Victoria's Minister for Police and Emergency Services was 'pretty cranky' upon reading an article containing information she believes she oyught have known about 

An email exchange in June between police minister Lisa Neville (in grey) and Victoria Police and Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp

An email exchange in June between police minister Lisa Neville (in grey) and Victoria Police and Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp

An email exchange in June between police minister Lisa Neville (in grey) and Victoria Police and Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp

An email exchange in June between police minister Lisa Neville (in grey) and Victoria Police and Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp

The June 25 article had revealed up to 850 ADF personnel had been requested by Victoria Police and Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp as COVID-19 spread from the quarantine hotels. 

Quarantine breaches involving private security guards seeded 99 per cent of Victoria's deadly second wave of COVID infections, which in turn has led to more than 700 deaths of the elderly. 

More than 30 security guards ended up catching coronavirus from quarantined returned travellers while working in the hotels. 

After more than a month of sitting, the inquiry has heard not a single person can identify who made the decision to hire the private security guards. 

Mr Crisp withdrew his request for ADF support the same day and instead Corrections Victoria officers were brought into guard returned travellers.

A text message exchange between Ms Neville and Mr Crisp was produced to the inquiry.

'The use of army in hotels? That was not agreed to at (Crisis Council) yesterday but is that we doing? And what will they be doing?' Ms Neville texted.

'Not sure what they do at hotels given no one leaves!! And they have no powers.'

Ms Neville told the inquiry she had been annoyed to learn of the proposal in the paper. 

'So I think I, partly knowing how when I use two exclamation marks indicates that. I was still relatively annoyed about it,' she said. 

ADF troops were not used to guard hotels housing returned travellers during the start of Victoria's COVID_19 pandemic

ADF troops were not used to guard hotels housing returned travellers during the start of Victoria's COVID_19 pandemic

Texts between Mr Crisp and another public servant indicate the ADF was on offer from as far back as March 27 and his minister (Lisa Neville) knew it

Texts between Mr Crisp and another public servant indicate the ADF was on offer from as far back as March 27 and his minister (Lisa Neville) knew it

DHHS secretary Kym Peake sends off an email to the justice department in June.

DHHS secretary Kym Peake sends off an email to the justice department in June. 

Ms Neville explained she was concerned from as far back as March 27 that ADF personnel had no powers to enforce hotel quarantine. 

The inquiry has heard former Victoria Police Commissioner Graham Ashton claimed he was not consulted about security arrangements at the hotels before learning the decision had already been made. 

Ms Neville said she had not been consulted either and was surprised when during a March 27 meeting with Mr Crisp the decision to employ private security appeared to have been set. 

At the time, the government's jobs department had been in charge of the hotel quarantine scheme, before it was taken over by the health department. 

As the inquiry draws to its conclusion, the question over who made the initial decision to employ private

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