A grieving son is on a hunger strike in hotel quarantine in Melbourne after authorities refused to grant him an exemption to visit his dying mother in Perth.
James Turbitt was told even if he was released he would have to charter a plane across the country to be granted permission to enter Western Australia.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Mr Turbitt had made a mercy dash from Belgium to Melbourne after being told there were no direct flights to Perth where his 65-year-old mother was gravely ill.
He arrived on Friday night and was immediately taken to hotel quarantine at the Stamford Plaza and prevented from leaving under what he says are 'barbaric' COVID-19 isolation rules.
Mr Turbitt's mum died alone at Fiona Stanley Hospital on Sunday about 1.30am forcing her son to deliver his last goodbye over a dicey hotel internet connection.
James Turbitt is staging a hunger strike in protest of the 'barbaric' COVID-19 isolation rules that prevented him seeing his dying mum
Mr Turbitt, an Australian citizen who lives in Antwerp, was instructed by Victoria's Department of Health to fly directly into Melbourne as no flights were available to land in Perth.
He was told that even if he was granted an exemption to see his mother, he would have to charter his own plane to Perth to ensure he was not putting the community at risk.
Mr Turbitt had tested negative for COVID-19 before leaving Brussels on June 13, and again before boarding his