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'Disgust' as criminal investigation launched into superyacht family

'Disgust' as criminal investigation launched into superyacht family
The Queensland premier has vowed to bring "the full force of the law" on anyone found to be breaching the state's strict health exemption rules.
It comes as police launch a criminal investigation into a millionaire family from Melbourne who escaped Victoria's strict lockdown on their superyacht and travelled to the Gold Coast, claiming they were crew and the vessel – the Lady Pamela - needed essential maintenance.
"Some people are misrepresenting what they are planning to do and that is wrong and that is putting everyone at risk," Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
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"The exemptions are there for a reason.
"If they are found to be doing the wrong thing they will face the fill force of the law.
"I'm disgusted about it."
Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said there was no COVID-19 risk to the wider Queensland public as a result of the family's alleged movements.
"Given the conflicting information about whether they were crew, or not crew, where they'd been, I just removed the exemption, and asked all of them to go into hotel quarantine until it all can be worked through," Dr Young said.
All seven people on board the superyacht were listed as crew, according to authorities. (A Current Affair)
"I can assure people that everyone is perfectly safe, these people never got off that yacht in Queensland, they were tested on the yacht and are now in quarantine.
"[The criminal investigation] is a very serious investigation, and that criminal investigation will sort out what happens going forward."
Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski issued a warning to people to comply with the state's health directives, citing the Lady Pamela case as an example of poor behaviour.
 "We are doing that in collaboration with the NSW Police. That investigation will be ongoing and we will make a comment about that at the appropriate time," he said.
"The message there is that people should realise that we're going to be relentless in pursuing investigations to anyone who does not comply with the chief health officer's directions, particularly those that do it in a manner that will put our community at risk."
Police in two states began investigating after A Current Affair cameras captured millionaire construction magnate Mark Simonds along with his wife, their son, and their son's girlfriend docking on their journey to Queensland.
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller confirmed NSW Police were working with Queensland officers on an investigation into whether the Victorian family had permits to leave the state.
"There are not two rules, there are not two standards for those who have and those who have not," the NSW Police Commissioner said.
(A Current Affair)
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