google-site-verification: google8ec86f7dadcd51ec.html

Richard Riordan MP - DHHS Have been woefully slow

Patrick Durkin

The Premier defended the health department's efforts from growing criticism on Monday, but acknowledged that more resources were needed to respond to the "massive task" of working through the growing backlog of active cases requiring tracing or investigation.

"It is a big, big task.

They are doing their very best. That is all you can ask of people," he said. "The team is getting bigger and it needs to because the task has never been bigger."

Up to 1400 Australian Defence personnel have joined Victoria's virus response team, including many working and overseeing the contact tracing teams who have also been joined by private call centre staff from Telstra, Medibank, Qantas and banks NAB and CBA.

Mr Andrews urged those who tested positive and their close contacts to show "common sense" and stay at home until authorities contacted them.

"My advice, my message to those who test positive – if you get confirmation that you have tested positive, then you shouldn't need someone to call you to know that you have to stay home.

"And your close contacts, they need to stay at home as well. People in your family. You will be contacted as soon as is possible."

Colac in south-west Victoria is running its own contact tracing program, after what local Liberal MP Richard Riordan described as a "woefully slow" response from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to an outbreak at the Australian Lamb abattoir in the town.

There have been 12 cases linked to the abattoir since a contractor working at the facility tested positive on Friday, including one at Trinity College Colac.

"We would still not know what we have in this town if it were up to DHHS," Mr Riordan said.

"There's clearly a lack of resources and a lack of communication. We've had no information as to when or where the first person caught it, or how it come to town.

"The only reason there's information now is because the community, abattoir and hospital got together and did their own contact tracing. We're 72 hours into known cases and nothing has been done by DHHS."

He said the level of contact tracing the government needed to do was "going to be a nightmare" and was "getting worse by the day" as new cases continued to grow.

#RichardRiordanMP, #LovePolwarth, #HeraldSun, #VoiceOfTheBush, #LetsGetBackToWork, #ShareTheVision,#Covid19, #CoronaViru, s #Colac, #MaskUp, #InThisTogether, #NoTimeForPolitics, #SkyNew, s #PMAgenda, #KieranGilbert, #VicNews,


Share Your Vision Today

Polwarth Connect

If you #LovePolwarth as much as I do, #ShareYourVision with me. 


This is not about politics,  so it doesn't matter whether you vote Liberal or Labor (or don't vote at all), Polwarth Connect is about working together to make our region even better.

We are many voices, but one community, so #ShareYourVision today and reach out through Polwarth Connect. 

Richard Riordan MP #polwarth #richardriordan


Click on a Township to Learn More

The Plains


There is no electorate in Australia more diverse than Polwarth. 


Whether it be the Great Ocean Road, the Otway National Park, the endless acres of fertile pastures, or the tree change lifestyle of Bannockburn, Polwarth has its all. 

Learn more about what makes us all #LovePolwarth and click on a postcard below to learn more. 

Richard Riordan MP #polwarth #richardriordan

Click to Learn More


Join us on Socials

Share Ideas

Richard Riordan MP #polwarth #richardriordan

What better way to engage with the Polwarth community than through social media. 

Join me and thousands of other Polwarth constituents on social media and join the discussion today. 

I respect all contributions however, I ask that you are respectful to alternate points of view and each other. 

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Instagram







03 5231-5046

115A Bromfield Street,


  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Instagram

Reach Out