Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews maintains there is “significant harm” in allowing international arrivals into Melbourne, as he revealed 55 New Zealanders had arrived and not 17 as was initially reported.
“We cannot just have people wandering into the place from another country,” he said.
“It is New Zealand today, but who knows what the next bubble is, who that is with? We have got authorised officers at the airport now, because this has happened.
“We didn’t think it would happen, but it has happened. We are going to follow up as much as we can.”
Border officers are now patrolling Melbourne airports to prevent further international arrivals from seeping into the city.
“How is someone from New Zealand to know what all these rules are?”
The premier said 23 New Zealanders who escaped into Melbourne have been located.
“We have been given a list, 12 hours after they arrived, that is “gold standard”, apparently,” he said.
“We are having to find these people. We get a phone number. We are ringing them, one of them was in Byron Bay. And yet we were told they had landed and travelled to Melbourne.”
Mr Andrews said the New Zealanders would not be kicked out of Victoria or sent home, as the state had “no power” to be able to initiate deportation.
“It doesn’t have to come to that, but to say that people were quite surprised that we found ourselves in this bubble despite the fact we had said we would not be, would be an understatement,” he said.
“We have a conversation with them, and we make sure that they know what the rules are. It is kind of a welfare check in many respects. Are you healthy? You know what the rules are? Here are all the rules.”
Source: 9News | News Colony