Minister in isolation


Health Minister Greg Hunt says he is not exempt and will undergo a 14 day quarantine period 

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt will go into a 14-day period of isolation after Victorian federal politicians received notice that they must complete the quarantine if they go to Canberra.

Acting Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly issued advice issued to federal politicians in Victoria, saying they must self-quarantine for 14 days if they plan to come to Parliament at the end of this month.

Speaking at a doorstop interview on 6 August, Mr Hunt said he would not be exempt from the isolation period.

When asked if he will undergo the 14 days of quarantine or receive an exemption as a minister, he said: 

“I will. No special rules, no exemption for me. For colleagues, I’ll leave that to them. I don’t know the decision of individuals in that situation”.

When asked whether he would isolate in Victoria or the nation’s capital, Mr Hunt said, “my intention is Canberra”.

The Minister was announcing a $14.6 million funding package for Victorians dealing with mental issues related to the pandemic and lockdown. 

“We will be delivering an extra $12 million for outreach services, as the Prime Minister has announced, in addition to $2.6 million for psychosocial support for primary health networks,” he said.

“This is a time when, because of these unprecedented restrictions and limits on our daily lives, agonising, regrettable, but part of the most difficult of circumstances, people will feel anxious,” Mr Hunt said.

“They will feel in some cases depressed or mental health conditions can either be triggered or exacerbated.

Now is the time to reach out. Don’t feel that this is anything other than normal”.

“It could be any of us at any time. Support is there, additional support now,” he said.

“But above all else, reach out if you’re suffering, or reach out to a friend or a family member if you think that they are suffering”.

 

 

 

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