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Victorian hotel quarantine: DHHS secretary Kym Peake quits

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Victorian hotel quarantine: DHHS secretary Kym Peake quits


Another head has rolled as scrutiny continues to mount on the Victorian government’s handling of its hotel quarantine program.

Department of Health and Human Services secretary Kym Peake has resigned less than two months after she testified at the Hotel Quarantine Inquiry.

It also follows the resignations of health Minister Jenny Mikakos and public service chief Chris Eccles.

Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos has also resigned.
media_cameraVictorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos has also resigned.

Ms Peake has been accused of failing to pass on important information to Ms Mikakos, and the failed program has been blamed for Victoria’s second wave of coronavirus.

Inquiry chair Jennifer Coate will hand down her final report next month.

Ms Peake leaves the role after five years and will be replaced by her deputy Professor Euan Wallace, who was jointly responsible for case management, contact tracing and outbreak management.

Kym Peake has resigned less than two months after she testified at the Hotel Quarantine Inquiry
media_cameraKym Peake has resigned less than two months after she testified at the Hotel Quarantine Inquiry

A government statement on Thursday said Ms Peake had decided to step down to pursue other opportunities.

“Ms Peake has led significant reform that has touched the lives of many Victorians, including the relief and recovery from recent bushfires, the establishment of the Mental Health Royal Commission, and the delivery of many of the recommendations from the Family Violence Royal Commission,” the statement said.

“We thank Ms Peake for her dedicated service to Victoria and for her tireless commitment throughout the pandemic and her time with DHHS. We wish her well for the future.”

Originally published as Another head rolls over hotel quarantine

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