‘Heads have to roll’: Ruby Princess cruise fiasco
The Ruby Princess has berthed in Wollongong today, the same day a criminal investigation is set to begin into the ill-fated cruise ship.
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller announced the investigation yesterday. It will include cruise line operator Carnival Australia.
Speaking on Today this morning, One Nation leader Pauline Hanson said "heads have to roll" over the deadly fiasco.
"The Australian people will want answers to this. Heads have got to roll," she said.
"People in parliament, I see it all the time. They're absolutely useless. They shouldn't be in parliament … They've only got there because they're 'yes' people, they can't think for themselves.
"They have no knowledge, no experience, absolutely nothing, and this is why you need tough leaders. That's why I'm saying with Scott Morrison. I don't always agree with him, but at least he's prepared to make tough decisions and that's what you need when you have a crisis."
"I blame the New South Wales government for it... the right decisions weren't made. People have died from that." @PaulineHansonOz on the Ruby Princess criminal investigation. #9Today pic.twitter.com/rEoLDlLSLr— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) April 5, 2020
Senator Hanson didn't mince words when she spoke about NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard, saying responsibility for the Ruby Princess stuff-up must fall on him and Premier Gladys Berejiklian.
"I've heard from people that consider him weak and useless," she said of Mr Hazzard.
"But I'm sorry, heads have to roll over this.
"And Gladys Berejiklian, she should actually have been directing. She is the leader of the state … Everyone knew there was coronavirus on that ship. Nothing was done about it, so someone has to take responsibility for this."
The Ruby Princess investigation - led by the NSW Police Homicide Squad - aims to identity how passengers were allowed to disembark the Ruby Princess in Sydney, resulting in several deaths and COVID-19 outbreaks throughout the country.
"The only way I can get to the bottom of whether our national biosecurity laws and our state laws were broken is through a criminal investigation," Mr Fuller said yesterday.
Mr Fuller told reporters transparency regarding patient health on-board the cruise ship was a key question for the investigation.
"From my perspective there are many unanswered questions," he said.
"There seems to be absolute discrepancies between the information provided by Carnival and what I would see is the benchmark for the laws of the federal and state government."
He said there was clear evidence COVID-19 had come off the Ruby Princess and at least 11 passengers had died in Australia because of it.
The investigation will cover the actions of the port authority, ambulance, police, the NSW Health department and Carnival Australia.
Carnival Australia responded to Mr Fuller's announcement yesterday, offering full co-operation with the investigation.
- with AAP
Originally published as 'Heads have to roll': Cruise fiasco