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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

NSW Health hides exposure sites of workers at Woolworths

The following information is available on a Woolworths website

These are the entries that inform customers when a worker was at work at a Woolworths outlet while infected. 

It does not give any advice to workers who were present when their infected co-worker was present.

The information is NOT AVAILABLE on the NSW Health websites that inform people of exposure sites in NSW: "Latest COVID-19 case locations and alerts in NSW". 

The NSW Health website only lists occasions when an infected customer was present at a Woolworths outlet.

Hidden Dangers Ahead



  • COVID-19 case: Woolworths Granville

    18 Aug 2021

    We’ve been notified that a team member in our Woolworths Granville store has tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The team member has received Department of Health advice and is following isolation requirements.

    Read more

  • COVID-19 case: Woolworths Raymond Terrace North (MarketPlace)

    16 Aug 2021

    We’ve been notified that a team member in our Woolworths Raymond Terrace North (MarketPlace) store has tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The team member has received Department of Health advice and is following isolation requirements.

    Read more

  • COVID-19 case: Woolworths Cardiff

    11 Aug 2021

    We’ve been notified that a team member in our Woolworths Cardiff store has tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The team member has received Department of Health advice and is following isolation requirements.

    Read more

  • COVID-19 case: Woolworths Narrabeen

    10 Aug 2021

    We’ve been notified that a team member in our Woolworths Narrabeen store has tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The team member has received Department of Health advice and is following isolation requirements.

    Read more

  • COVID-19 case: Woolworths Bankstown

    04 Aug 2021

    We’ve been notified that a team members in our Woolworths Bankstown store have tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The team members have received Department of Health advice and are following isolation requirements.

    Read more

  • COVID-19 case: Woolworths Fairfield Heights

    04 Aug 2021

    We’ve been notified that a team member in our Woolworths Fairfield Heights store has tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The team member has received Department of Health advice and is following isolation requirements.

    Read more

  • COVID-19 case: Woolworths Chullora

    03 Aug 2021

    We’ve been notified that a team member in our Woolworths Chullora store has tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The team member has received Department of Health advice and is following isolation requirements.

    Read more

  • COVID-19 case: Woolworths Gregory Hills

    03 Aug 2021

    We’ve been notified that a team member in our Woolworths Gregory Hills store has tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The team member has received Department of Health advice and is following isolation requirements.

    Read more

  • COVID-19 case: Woolworths Punchbowl

    26 Jul 2021

    We've been notified that a team member in our Woolworths Punchbowl store has tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The team member has received Department of Health advice and is following isolation requirements.

    Read more

  • COVID-19 case: Woolworths Kirrawee

    23 Jul 2021

    We've been notified that a team member in our Woolworths Kirrawee store has tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The team member has received Department of Health advice and is following isolation requirements.

    Read more

  • COVID-19 case: Woolworths Oran Park

    13 Jul 2021

    A team member, at our Woolworths Oran Park supermarket has tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and is self-isolating.

    Read more

  • COVID-19 case: Woolworths Hillsdale

    05 Jul 2021

    A team member, at our Woolworths Hillsdale supermarket has tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and is self-isolating.

    Read more


NSW Health hides some COVID19 exposure sites

The following information is available on a Coles website

These are the entries that inform customers when a worker was at work at a Coles outlet while infected. 

It does not give any advice to workers who were present when their infected co-worker was present.

The information is NOT AVAILABLE on the NSW Health websites that inform people of exposure sites in NSW: "Latest COVID-19 case locations and alerts in NSW

The NSW Health website only lists occasions when an infected customer was present at a Coles outlet.

Hidden Dangers Ahead



Coles Eastgardens Supermarket, NSW

Coles has been informed that a team member who works at Coles Eastgardens supermarket in Pagewood has tested positive for COVID-19.

In accordance with advice from NSW Health, all customers who were at the store 

between 7:30am and 1:45pm on Friday 13th August and 
between 8:00am and 4:00pm on Sunday 15th August 2021

are asked to seek a COVID-19 test immediately and isolate until they receive a negative result. Additionally, NSW Health advises that if customers receive a negative test taken before 20th August 2021, they should wear a mask around others and limit their movement until receiving a second negative test result taken on 20th August 2021 or later.

Customers should also contact NSW Health on 1800 943 553.

Coles’ standard cleaning procedures comply with the Federal Government’s COVID-19 Hygiene Practices For Supermarkets and frequent cleaning and sanitisation, as well as a comprehensive deep clean, has occurred in the time since the team member was last on site.

Coles Roselands Supermarket, NSW

Coles has been informed that a team member who works at Coles Roselands supermarket in Roselands has tested positive for COVID-19.

In accordance with advice from NSW Health, all customers who were at the store 

between 11:00am and 10:00pm on Saturday 14th August 2021

are asked to seek a COVID-19 test immediately and isolate until they receive a negative result. 

Additionally, NSW Health advises that if customers receive a negative test taken before 19th August 2021, they should wear a mask around others and limit their movement until receiving a second negative test result taken on 19th August 2021 or later.

Customers should also contact NSW Health on 1800 943 553.

Coles’ standard cleaning procedures comply with the Federal Government’s COVID-19 Hygiene Practices For Supermarkets and frequent cleaning and sanitisation, as well as a comprehensive deep clean, has occurred in the time since the team member was last on site.

Coles Revesby Supermarket, NSW

Coles has been informed that a team member who works at Coles Revesby supermarket in Revesby has tested positive for COVID-19.

In accordance with advice from NSW Health, all customers who were at the store 

between 7:00am and 1:30pm on Wednesday 4th August and 
between 8:30am and 5:15pm on Thursday 5th August 2021

are asked to seek a COVID-19 test immediately and isolate until they receive a negative result. 

Additionally, NSW Health advises that if customers receive a negative test taken before 10th August 2021, they should wear a mask around others and limit their movement until receiving a second negative test result taken on 10th August 2021 or later.

Customers should also contact NSW Health on 1800 943 553.

Coles’ standard cleaning procedures comply with the Federal Government’s COVID-19 Hygiene Practices For Supermarkets and frequent cleaning and sanitisation, as well as a comprehensive deep clean, has occurred in the time since the team member was last on site.

Coles St Ives Supermarket, NSW

Coles has been informed that a team member who works at Coles St Ives supermarket in St Ives has tested positive for COVID-19.

The team member last worked in store 

between 1:00am and 6:00am on Friday 6th August and 
between 1:00am and 6:00am on Saturday 7th August 2021. 

The store was closed during these times and the team member had no contact with customers.

Coles’ standard cleaning procedures comply with the Federal Government’s COVID-19 Hygiene Practices For Supermarkets and frequent cleaning and sanitisation, as well as a comprehensive deep clean, has occurred in the time since the team member was last on site.

Coles Express Lidcombe, NSW

Coles Express has been informed that a team member who works at Coles Express in Lidcombe has tested positive for COVID-19.

In accordance with established NSW Health protocols, all customers who were at the store 

between 10:25pm on Thursday 5th August and 6:05am on Friday 6th August and 
between 4:20am and 6:40am on Monday 9th August 2021

are asked to seek a COVID-19 test immediately and isolate until they receive a negative result. 

Additionally, if customers receive a negative test taken before 12th August 2021, they should wear a mask around others and limit their movement until receiving a second negative test result taken on 14th August 2021 or later. Customers should also contact NSW Health on 1800 943 553 for further information.

Coles Green Valley Supermarket, NSW

Coles has been informed that a team member who works at Coles Green Valley supermarket in Green Valley NSW has tested positive for COVID-19.

In accordance with advice from NSW Health, all customers who were at the store 

between 8:50am and 6:00pm on Monday 2nd August 2021, 
between 10:30am and 12:30pm on Tuesday 3rd August 2021, 
between 9:30am and 8:00pm on Wednesday 4th August 2021 and
between 7:00am and 8:00am on Thursday 5th August 2021

are asked to seek a COVID-19 test immediately and isolate until they receive a negative result.

Customers should also contact NSW Health on 1800 943 553.

Coles’ standard cleaning procedures comply with the Federal Government’s COVID-19 Hygiene Practices For Supermarkets and frequent cleaning and sanitisation, as well as a comprehensive deep clean, has occurred in the time since the team member was last on site.

Coles Casula Supermarket, NSW

Coles has been informed that a team member who works at Coles Casula supermarket in Casula has tested positive for COVID-19.

In accordance with advice from NSW Health, all customers who were at the store 

between 6:00am and 2:00pm on Saturday 31st July, 
between 1:00pm and 6:00pm on Sunday 1st August and 
between 4:00pm and 9:00pm on Tuesday 3rd August 2021

are asked to seek a COVID-19 test immediately and isolate until they receive a negative result.

Additionally, NSW Health advises that if customers receive a negative test taken before 8th August 2021, they should wear a mask around others and limit their movement until receiving a second negative test result taken on 8th August 2021 or later.

Customers should also contact NSW Health on 1800 943 553.

Coles’ standard cleaning procedures comply with the Federal Government’s COVID-19 Hygiene Practices For Supermarkets and frequent cleaning and sanitisation, as well as a comprehensive deep clean, has occurred in the time since the team member was last on site.

Coles Leichhardt Supermarket, NSW

Coles has been informed that a team member who works at Coles Leichhardt supermarket in Leichhardt has tested positive for COVID-19.

In accordance with advice from NSW Health, all customers who were at the store 

between 9:00am and 2:00pm on Saturday 24th July 2021

are asked to seek a COVID-19 test immediately and isolate until they receive a negative result. 

Additionally, NSW Health advises that if customers receive a negative test taken before 29th July 2021, they should wear a mask around others and limit their movement until receiving a second negative test result taken on 29th July 2021 or later.

Customers should also contact NSW Health on 1800 943 553.

Coles’ standard cleaning procedures comply with the Federal Government’s COVID-19 Hygiene Practices For Supermarkets and frequent cleaning and sanitisation, as well as a comprehensive deep clean, has occurred in the time since the team member was last on site. 


NSW Health also hides some COVID19 exposure sites - when workers were infected while at work at Woolworths supermarkets. These health warnings have only ever been shown on a Woolworths website.

Saturday, May 29, 2021

ACT Large-Scale Feed in Tariff experience

The ACT Government has contracted large-scale renewable energy projects to supply electricity. 

Each project sells its electricity in the National Energy Market at the price set by the market at half-hourly intervals. 

If that price is greater than the contracted price, the generator pays the excess to the ACT Government. If the price is less than the contracted price, the ACT Government pays the difference to the generator. 

The ACT Government relies on Evoenergy for a number of electricity supply functions. 

One of those is to purchase wholesale electricity from the National Energy Market for ACT consumers. 

Another is to pay or receive amounts for contracted large-scale renewable energy projects each quarter. 

Evoenergy recently requested an increase in the price it charges for wholesale electricity to the ACT because, it said, payments for the ACT Government large-scale renewable energy generators had increased. 

“Over the past year, there has been a significant drop in wholesale electricity prices making them much lower than the contract prices the ACT Government established with large-scale generators. This has resulted in significant top-up payments required to cover the difference,” said Evoenergy’s General Manager Peter Billing.

“We understand it can be confusing when wholesale prices are going down and these costs have gone up. The reality is these costs are fixed by contracts whereas the electricity market and the wholesale electricity price moves based on supply and demand.”

“Evoenergy has no control over the long-term contracts with renewable energy generators or the resulting top up payments, however we will continue to work with the ACT Government as part of our legislated responsibility to administer the large-scale feed-in tariff scheme.”

The statement "we understand it can be confusing" is quite precise. 

The wholesale price at which Evoenergy purchases electricity for ACT consumers has fallen sharply. 

The amount Evoenergy pays for contract prices for ACT Government large-scale generators has risen for the same reason. 

Evoenergy has made no attempt to explain why the savings in its wholesale electricity purchases have not offset the resulting increase in payments for ACT Government large-scale generators. 

If it has failed to achieve this offset, then its purchase strategy needs to be reviewed and responses put in place to address this. 

The second quarter of 2019-2020 (October to December 2019) and of 2020-2021 (October to December 2020) illustrate why it is confusing for Evoenergy to "explain" an increase in its electricity charges that ignores the decrease in the price of electricity it purchases...

In each of the above quarters, the ACT Government contracted large-scale renewable energy generators sold about 500,000 megawatt-hours of electricity. 

In October to December 2019 the renewable energy generators received $27.4 million from the National Energy Market. Evoenergy paid the generators $18.7 million under the ACT Government contracts with them. 

A year later, in October to December 2020 the renewable energy generators received just $13.8 million from the National Energy Market. Due to that decrease, Evoenergy paid the generators $30.8 million under the ACT Government contracts with them. 

THE NET CHANGE IS A POTENTIAL SAVING OF $1.5 MILLION BY EVOENERGY.

Evoenergy's payments for the ACT Government contracts increased by $12.1 million (from $18.7 to $30.8 million) - but only because the electricity it and other wholesale electricity purchasers paid via the National Energy Market decreased by $13.6 million (from $27.4 to $13.8 million).

The following charts illustrate that as the National Energy Market price changes - from day to day - the offsetting payments under the ACT Government large-scale renewable energy contracts vary by an identical but opposite amount. The result is a fairly constant cost - that Evoenergy should aim to achieve - of about $90 per MWh.


AEMO Price per MWh and ACT Government Payment per MWh - 2nd Quarter 2019-2020
AEMO Price per MWh and ACT Government Payment per MWh - 2nd Quarter 2019-2020

AEMO Price per MWh and ACT Government Payment per MWh - 2nd Quarter 2020-2021
AEMO Price per MWh and ACT Government Payment per MWh - 2nd Quarter 2020-2021

The price of electricity the renewable energy projects received in the average of each half hour of all the days from October to December 2019, and  from October to December 2020, show a consistent and steep fall in 2020. 

This fall reflects the reduction in the cost of wholesale electricity Evoenergy purchases for supply to ACT busnesses and homes. 

AEMO average price per MWh in each half hour for ACT renewable energy generators
AEMO average price per MWh in each half hour for ACT renewable energy generators



Sunday, April 4, 2021

Australia's development of missile technology

 In January, and again at the end of March this year, Australia's Government announced it intended to allocate $1 billion for the development of new long-range hypersonic cruise missiles. 


Australian researchers at the University of Queensland developed two essential technologies for hypersonic cruise missiles: 

  • In July 2002, the hypersonic scramjet engine that will propel these missiles, and
  • In December 2009, high-temperature materials to enable sustained hypersonic flight without the outer casings of these missiles melting. 

Then, following the failure of a missile test flight in September 2013, Australian development of the technology was abandoned. 



Other missile manufacturers and exporters have since occupied the market that the Australian defence industries ignored. 

University of Queensland researchers may have contributed to this absence of interest; The first patent application for hypersonic scramjet engine was filed in 2006 - by a U.S. defence contractor.

Friday, April 2, 2021

Community Batteries

"A community battery is a relatively new concept in Australia. It is a shared battery solution located in a local neighbourhood and allows customers and the wider community to share in the multiple benefits that batteries can provide." (See Ausgrid "Community Batteries")

Under ideal conditions, only 1 kW of generating capacity and grid capacity is needed to provide the total of 24 kWh per day used by the above single dwelling. The "community battery" provides the peak demand of 5 kW from time to time during each day as appliances switch on and off.

The battery can be an alternative infrastructure item, potentially replacing 4 kW of generating capacity and grid capacity for the single dweliing in this example.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Ruby Princess contradictions in NSW Special Commission and answers to Senate Select Committee

Exhibits before the NSW Special Commission into the Ruby Princess show that a port agent for Carnival Cruises booked two NSW ambulances to take passengers off the Ruby Princess the evening before it docked  - and said they were suspected of having coronavirus. This was the first indication from the Ruby Princess that the ship's doctor suspected coronavirus cases aboard.

Shortly after midnight the CEO of Carnival Cruises, before the Ruby Princess had docked, and after the harbour master rescinded permission for the Ruby Priness to dock, the ship's doctor told Sydney Harbour authorities that the ambulances were booked for two passengers who had non-Covid health conditions. On receiving this deceptive information, the Ruby Princess was given permission to dock and disembark its passengers.

A letter to the Senate Select Committee, consistent with the CEO's assertion, lists the conditions of the two passengers for whom ambulances were booked as being unrelated to coronavirus. 

The operators of the Ruby Princess had recently experienced a similar situation with the Diamond Princess - initially cleared to dock in Yokohama - but that clearance was rescinded when Japanese authorities received conformation that coronavirus was spreading among passengers. 

It is likely that the operators of the Ruby Princess deceived Australian authorities and withheld information to avoid a repeat of the situation with the Diamond Princess in Japan the month before...

Chronology of COVID-19 Cases on the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship and Ethical Considerations: A Report From Japan

The Diamond Princess cruise ship has been anchored at the Yokohama port in Japan since February 3, 2020. A total of 691 cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection had been confirmed as of February 23. The government initially assumed that the infection was not spreading aboard and therefore indicated that any persons who either tested negative for the virus or were asymptomatic should immediately disembark. However, on February 5, the government set a 14-day health observation period because of the severity of the infection. Passengers confirmed to be free from infection began disembarking on Day 15 (February 19) of the quarantine.

On February 1, 2020, Hong Kong’s government announced that pneumonia due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was confirmed in Mr A, an 80-year-old male passenger on the Diamond Princess who had disembarked on January 25. Later, on February 3, the Diamond Princess docked off Daikoku Pier at Yokohama Port. No immediate word was issued on when the ship would be permitted to dock.

The number of COVID-19-infected patients on the Diamond Princess increased rapidly. The first 10 cases were confirmed on February 5, and, by February 23, when passengers began disembarking, the number of confirmed cases had risen to 691.


Ruby Princess

 

The calls taken by NSW Ambulance were quite clear and unambiguous. 

  • The message that originated with 'them' calling the CEO of Carnival Cruises is contradictory. 
  • It is this version that is most likely in error. 
  • The passengers taken by ambulance did in fact have coronavirus symptoms and infections when taken off the Ruby Princess. 

The extracts below are from transcripts of telephone calls in NSW Special Commission exhibits available at https://www.rubyprincessinquiry.nsw.gov.au/assets/scirp/files/Exhibits-17-20.pdf

The 3 paragraphs copied after the transcript extracts are from a letter to Senator Katy Gallagher, Chair Senate Select Committee on COVID-19. The letter is available at "11. 20200814_Responsefrom Secretary Metcalfe to the Chair's letter including attachments.pdf"


6:59:37 pm 18 March 2020          Table 1

Transcript of phone call – Ashley Nguyen, NSW Ambulance Service and Bibi Tokovic, port agent for Carnival Cruises

Call taker

Ambulance Emergency what town and suburb.

Bibi

Hi sorry um my name is Bibi. I'm calling on behalf of Carnival Australia.

Call taker

Mmmm

Bibi

I have two passengers onboard a cruise vessel arriving in the early hours morning.

Call taker

Yes.

Bibi

I've had a request by the doctor and forward to book him an ambulance.

Call taker

Sorry could you just bear with me a second.

Bibi

Sure.

Call taker

I just have to get my supervisor if you could just give me a moment.

Bibi

Sure. Yeah yeah yeah take your time.

Call taker

What was the diagnosis of the patient, sorry?

Bibi

So basically they're infectious. They've got an upper respiratory tract uh that they also require cardiology consult.

Call taker

Mmmm.

Bibi

So that's one of them and the second one is the same. They're uh infectious. They've got upper respiratory tracts and they have severe lower back pain and I can't even read the words, please excuse my medical ...

Call taker

Yep.

Bibi

.. .femoral nerve radiculopathy.

Call taker

Yep. Yep. If I could please have the patient's name.

Bibi

Sure. So the first patient is Mr Anthony ...

Call taker

Yes.

Bibi

Londero spelt L-O-N-D-E-R-O.

Call taker

And what was his date of birth?

Bibi

I'm just waiting for those details. That'll probably come through as I'm speaking to you.

Call taker

Yes and where are we picking them up from?

Bibi

So the cruise vessel will arrive at 2.30. They will be ready in the medical centre at 3.00am at the Overseas Passenger Terminal.

Call taker

That's the one in Circular Quay.

Bibi

Correct. Yeah.

Call taker

And what dock?

Bibi

Sorry that's what it is called the Overseas Passenger Terminal. All the same

Call taker

And which hospital will they ...

Bibi

We've been requested by New South Wales to take them to the Royal Prince Alfred.

Call taker

And the diagnosis of um…

Bibi

So it says: “febrile upper respiratory tract infection. Signs of rate related cardio ischemia".

Call taker

I'm sorry, could you repeat that for me please.

Bibi

Sure uh signs of rate related cardiac ischaemia.

Call taker

So, is he infectious?

Bibi

So the doctor has told me they've been tested for corona ...

Call taker

Yes.

Bibi

... virus so precautions need to be taken. So possibly.

Call taker

And will he require a stretcher?

Bibi

Yes he will.

Call taker

Yep and what was the name of the referring doctor.

Bibi

Umm oh God I don't have it on the tip of my - that'll probably come through sorry.

Call taker

Yes, that's ok, or the receiving doctor at RPA?

Bibi

Or receiving sister RPA Emergency so yeah.

Call taker

Ok. Did you have an MRN?

Bibi

I don't know what that is, sorry.

Call taker

A medical records number.

Bibi

Um no. All I know he's Australian.

Call taker

Okay. Yes.

Bibi

So ...

Call taker

And what was your name?

Bibi

Bibi B-I-B-I.

Call taker

Yes. And what is your role?

Bibi

Um a Port Agent.

Call taker

And the number that you're calling from?

Bibi

-

Call taker

Yes.

Bibi

----

Call taker

And who do you work for?

Bibi

Carnival Australia.

Call taker

And the ship was arriving at 2.30? Was that correct?

Bibi

Correct yes.

Call taker

And they'll be ready at 3 ...

Bibi

They'll be ready at 3 by the time we sort of tie her up and stuff.

Call taker

Yeah. Is there a specific place where the paramedics need to go or ...

Bibi

Uh they will - they'll see a gatehouse. If they just make their way through the gatehouse they'll be directed by security and I'll be there on - on the dockside waiting for them to escort them.

Call taker

inaudible down [pause] sorry I'm just putting all this in.

Bibi

Sure.

Call taker

All three ... yeah, okay. Sorry, just give me a moment.

Bibi

That's okay. Take your time.

Call taker

[Typing information] And the name of the next passenger.

Bibi

Yeah is Mrs Lesley L-E-S-L-E-Y.

Call taker

Yes.

Bibi

Last name Bacon B-A-C-O-N.

Call taker

And any date of birth or still ...

Bibi

No not yet. No sorry. [Pause] Hang on. Something just came through as I was talking to you. Oh, I've got a date of birth for them.

Call taker

I'm sorry just a moment. Yep, what was the date of birth?

Bibi

So Ms Bacon is 27 th of October.

Call taker

Yes.

Bibi

1942. And I'm just waiting for Mr Londero I can see that he's texting me.

Call taker

I'll just continue to put all these details in.

Bibi

Are you ready for the second one?

Call taker

Yes.

Bibi

So he is the 2 nd of March.

Call taker

Yes.

Bibi

1968.

Call taker

Yes thank you. Yep and what was um Ms Bacon's diagnosis, sorry

Bibi

So she's got febrile, upper respiratory tract infections.

Call taker

Mm.

Bibi

And there's severe lower back pain with signs projective of a, please bear with me again, Femoral nerve radiculopathy.

 

12:12:46 am 19 March 2020       Table 13

Transcript of phone call

Peter Dilonardo

Sydney Control, Pete.

SC XXX

Hi Peter, it's Snr Constable XXX from Sydney Water Police.

Peter Dilonardo

How are you?

SC XXX

Yeah good. So, this is a bit of a roundabout, but we — I've just to Cameron [Butchart], the Harbour Master, who's called the -

Peter Dilonardo

I guess the phone number

SC XXX

Yeah, well he's called them, but he's also — he called — they've called the CEO of Carnival Australia.

Peter Dilonardo 

OK yep.

SC XXX

He said that from Bibi they then booked two Ambulances for non-Covid related

Peter Dilonardo

Ahhh we've got it as Covid-related.

 

 

3:51:22 am 19 March 2020          Table 27

Transcript of phone call

Chris Townsend 

They did have 11 other patients that they have been in contact with the Public Health Officer um over and they've already disembarked and made their way to Prince of Wales or RPA.

 

In “11. 20200814_Response from Secretary Metcalfe to the Chair's letter including attachments.pdf” at pages 37-38 (of pdf file) paged 32-33 (in document), paragraphs 138 and 140.

138.  Ms Khan also recalls Mr [Cameron] Butchart telling her that he could stop the ship if need be. She does not recall him saying words to the effect: ‘[t]he Ruby Princess is still in safe water to be sent back to sea … you have about 20 minutes to make a pretty quick decision before I can’t turn the vessel around.’ Instead, she recalls him saying that, if there was anything that confirmed that this vessel had suspected COVID-19 cases on board, then he had a pilot on board and it could stop at Bradleys Head. Ms Khan does not recall any timing for stopping the ship being mentioned at this point. Ms Khan recalls telling Mr Butchart that she needed to find out what information ABF’s Maritime officers had on the ambulance cases and relay that information back to Mr Butchart.

139. At 12.54 am, Ms Khan called her supervisor, Mr Shane Murray (the on-call Border Force Supervisor for Shipping Operations) and spoke to him for six minutes. 102 Ms Khan asked about ambulance cases and whether the vessel had clearance to berth. Mr Murray recalls advising Ms Khan that NSW Health was not attending and the disembarkation would proceed. Ms Khan recalls Mr Murray telling her that the ambulances were for cardiac [see "rate related cardio ischemia"] and nerve issues [see "Femoral nerve radiculopathy"] and were for non-COVID-19 cases [but see "febrile, upper respiratory tract infections"].

102  Call logs, NSW RCU (Ms Sharon Khan) (19 March 2020), row 5 (DHA.0002.0007.0001);

Call logs, Mr Shane Murray (Work mobile) (19 March 2020), row 2 (DHA.0002.0007.0009).

140. Ms Khan then placed a call back to Mr Butchart, which call records indicate took place at 1.01 am and lasted four minutes. 103 Ms Khan’s recollection is that she explained that ABF’s records showed that the ambulances were called out for non-COVID-19 cases and that NSW Health had given clearance for the passengers to disembark. Ms Khan does not recall making any reference to speaking to her supervisor. Ms Khan denies saying words to the effect of ‘bring it in’, but agrees that she would have said that the vessel had been given clearance to dock.

103  Call logs, NSW RCU (Ms Sharon Khan) (19 March 2020), row 6 (DHA.0002.0007.0001).