A copy of his direction was shown to the inquiry. It was a broad request for police to assist with the enforcement of all directions that were then in place and support authorised officers.
“It was a request to ensure that police had sufficient powers to enforce compliance of all the directions given to the public health emergency,” lawyer for Victoria Police Joanna Davidson said.
Counsel assisting the inquiry, Ben Ihle, said those authorised officers would have included those working in hotel quarantine.
It was at least intended to capture, in part, enforcement in hotel quarantine, Mr Ihle said.
Professor Sutton repeated he left the decisions about enforcement to those running hotel quarantine.