Victoria’s contact tracing system could benefit from a ‘military-style’ revamp

Anecdotal evidence and the report of a senior navy officer dispatched to Victoria to help develop a COVID-19 battle plan suggest the state’s contact tracing system “isn’t up to speed” according to Sky News host Peta Credlin.

To stop the arrival of illegal refugees by boat in 2013-2014, the government put in a new team with a "military man" at the top who reported to the PM and the National Security Committee, Ms Credlin said.

She said the process used to stop illegal boat immigrants could be relevant to controlling the Victorian outbreak and spoke to Liberal Senator Jim Molan about the practical components of re-organising command structures.

According to Mr Molan, the basics of management require one individual to take charge of a situation and develop a strategy.

“Give them authority, give them responsibility and give them the resources and then sack them if they don’t do the job,” he said.

“95 per cent of the road to success is implementation".

Asked by Ms Credlin if the military should take over the contact tracing system in Victoria, Mr Molan said to transfer across to an army-led contact tracing operation “might be an even bigger problem” at this stage.

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