As the outbreak in Sydney began to unravel last month, Victoria Police found themselves scrambling to manage “thousands of people” entering the state from NSW.
They asked for help from the Australian Defence Force to assist with enforcing border arrangements between NSW and Victoria and to prevent the virus from escaping greater Sydney.
Today we learned that the request was denied.
Speaking to reporters in Melbourne, Health Minister Martin Foley said the ADF rejected the request for assistance but did not explain why.
“The importance of keeping Victoria’s community safe is (Victoria Police’s) number one priority,” he said.