Hotel inquiry releases Mikakos’ final evidence
Victoria's hotel quarantine inquiry has published the final submissions from key witnesses, including former health minister Jenny Mikakos.
Ms Mikakos resigned last month just a day after Premier Daniel Andrews said he held her "accountable" for the botched hotel quarantine program that unleashed the state's disastrous second coronavirus wave.
Pressure had been mounting on Ms Mikakos over her handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the quarantine program, which led to the second wave that has claimed the lives of more than 750 people, cost the economy $12 billion and forced Melburnians into the strictest lockdown in the country.
Ms Mikakos and Health Department Secretary Kym Peake consistently maintained the hotel quarantine program was a "multi-agency operation with shared accountability".
But in an extraordinary testimony to the state's inquiry into the ill-fated program, Mr Andrews squarely held his then-health minister accountable.
The inquiry, led by former judge Jennifer Coate, is due to deliver its final report on November 6.
More to come.
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