The location of 17 Kiwis entering Melbourne just hours after the first Trans-Tasman travel bubble flight touched down is unknown to the Victorian authorities.
Premier Daniel Andrews said he was “very disappointed” that the travellers had arrived from New Zealand via Sydney at Melbourne Airport on Friday night.
“They didn’t spend very long at the airport. They left the airport within only minutes, really, of having arrived,” he said.
“Our officers have absolutely no power to stop someone, to detain someone in those circumstances, particularly given they were coming from a very low virus part of the world.”
Andrews said state officials have “no way of knowing” where the travellers were as the cards had not been turned over by the Australian Border Force-more than 12 hours after the group had arrived.
“As soon as we get that detail, we will be visiting each of those people and making sure that they are fully up to date, as to the rules, the regulations, the structures that we have in Victoria,” he added.
The premier said he had written to the Prime Minister that he was” “disappointed “because the pair had mentioned that it was” not appropriate now “for Victoria to join the travel bubble.
Andrews said the travellers could be Victorians, but” since we have not yet received the passenger cards, “it is” very difficult “to answer that.