Opinion

Real-time oversight essential for proposed COVID detention powers

By Helen Watchirs, Karen Toohey
February 10 2022 - 6:25pm
ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman's powers to detain individuals go much further than Canberrans probably realise. Picture: Karleen Minney

As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its third year, public health directions have become part of our daily lives. We are used to complying with directions, issued by the ACT Chief Health Officer, covering mask-wearing, isolating or quarantining at home, density limits for hospitality venues and QR check-ins. On the whole, we have gotten on board and understood the need for such measures.

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