Coronavirus Australia live update: Victoria records 42 new Covid cases and no deaths – latest news

By Amy Remeikis


The Victorian hotel quarantine inquiry has heard the federal government has made a “voluntary” submission to the inquiry.

It is similar to the voluntary submission the federal government made to the NSW Ruby Princess royal commission (and then subsequently didn’t get witnesses to appear before the inquiry).

The submission has yet to be made public, but it was announced as Victoria’s emergency management commissioner Andrew Crisp began giving evidence to the inquiry on Tuesday.

As part of his evidence, redacted recordings of the state control centre meetings in late March will be tabled.

These meetings were where the processes of hotel quarantine were established, including the decision to use private security firms.

Victorian police minister Lisa Neville is now also due to give evidence to the inquiry, as will premier Daniel Andrews next week.

This week Victoria’s chief health officer Prof Brett Sutton will appear, as well as police commissioner Shane Patton and former police commissioner Graham Ashton.

Closing submissions for the inquiry will be on Friday 25 September.







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One of the police officers involved in a controversial arrest in Melbourne on Sunday has been suspended.

Videos posted to social media show a man was hit by a police car and appears to have his head stomped on by an officer while held down.

The man was taken to hospital on Sunday afternoon and placed in an induced coma.

The man’s father said his son was suffering from a bipolar episode and was hospitalised immediately prior to the incident.

A spokesperson from Victoria police confirmed a “senior constable from the Critical Incident Response Team was last night suspended following his involvement in a protracted incident”.

“Professional Standards Command continue to investigate the matter and are currently assessing all available information.”

Police did not name the officer or confirm if this was the person responsible for hitting the man with a vehicle, allegedly stomping on his head or both.

Guardian Australia has requested clarification to as whether the officer has been suspended with or with out pay.

Multiple civil rights groups in Victoria have called for the independent anti-corruption watchdog, Ibac, to investigate the arrest.






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