285. Hon ALISON XAMON to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:

On behalf of Hon Robin Chapple, who is out of the chamber on urgent parliamentary business, I refer to the Inpex fly in, fly out worker who contracted COVID-19 and was diagnosed after returning home from overseas when he fell ill.

(1)  What negotiations were undertaken by Inpex with the health department prior to choosing to fly all non-essential staff from the rig back onshore and put them in isolation in a Broome hotel as a precaution?

(2)  If no negotiations were undertaken, why not?

(3)  In reference to (1), if negotiations occurred, on what dates did these occur?

(4)  How did the FIFO worker contract COVID-19 prior to returning home?

(5)  Were the non-essential workers tested for COVID-19?

(6)  Were the essential workers remaining on the rig tested for COVID-19?


I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

I have been advised that further time is required to answer this question due to the current unprecedented impacts of COVID-19 and the demands on the WA Health system and its staff. The information will be provided to the member by 1 April 2020.


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