Victorian jobs minister Martin Pakula dismisses media reports he is ultimately responsible for the $80m program

A “pivotal” meeting of Victorian government officials on 27 March led to the decision to use private security contractors for the $80m hotel quarantine program, a parliamentary inquiry has heard.

As the dispute between the state and federal governments continued over whether defence force support for the program was offered, the Victorian jobs minister, Martin Pakula, dismissed media reports that he was ultimately responsible for hotel quarantine, stating his department didn’t have operational control for the program.

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