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Hotel quarantine inquiry sees politicians caught in their own trap

Michael is joined by Robert Gottliebsen, Business Columnist with The Australian, regarding Victoria’s hotel quarantine and the chief of WorkSafe Victoria, Colin Radford, who has far more power to probe Victoria’s hotel quarantine fiasco – than the government-appointed investigator Jennifer Coate.

Mr Gottliebsen writes, ‘Not only does Radford have the power and ability to get behind the “don’t knows” that studded the Coate inquiry but he will be required by law to take his inquiry into much broader areas to find out what really happened.‘

‘Because of what has already been revealed in the Coate inquiry, this is an incredibly dangerous situation for sections of the Victorian cabinet and public service.’

‘Radford can cross-examine anybody and has wide powers to view documents and other material. The parliament gave him these powers, believing they would be necessary to extract incriminating evidence from corporate executives involved in deaths caused by unsafe workplaces.’

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