The crisis that wasn’t: Gareth Parker says Premier has made a ‘mountain out of molehill’ over Al Kuwait
6PR Mornings host Gareth Parker says Premier Mark McGowan has made a ‘mountain out of molehill’ and unnecessarily alarmed the public after entering into a political blame-game over the arrival of live export ship Al Kuwait in Fremantle Port.
Questions are being asked about who knew what, and when, after the Al Kuwait docked on Friday with crew showing signs of fever.
Six crew have since tested positive for coronavirus.
A Port worker who was onboard to assist with the docking of the ship is now in isolation.
At a press conference yesterday Mr McGowan insisted he wasn’t made aware three crew members onboard the Al Kuwait were unwell until yesterday.
Two hours later Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud told Oliver Peterson on 6PR an email was in fact sent to WA Health authorities on Friday.
Last night the State Government changed its tune admitting the WA Health Department did receive the email but says it was sent to a generic email address at the Public Health Emergency Operations Centre.
Now, questions are being raised as to why the email wasn’t passed up the chain and the Premier left in the dark for four days.
Gareth Parker outlined the chain of events this morning and says Mr McGowan jeopardised public confidence in the live sheep trade and invited those who would end it back to the public debate.
Press PLAY below for more of what Gareth Parker had to say.