Former COVID recovery chief Nev Power and his son convicted of WA border breach

Western Australian millionaire and former COVID-19 recovery leader Nev Power has received an eight-month suspended sentence for abuse of power over breach of pandemic restrictions.

The 64-year-old former head of the federal government’s post-COVID economic task force and his 37-year-old son, Nicholas, were accused of violating WA’s border restrictions after flying into the state in a private helicopter on October 9 without the mandatory . G2G travel card.

Mr Power then attended the Telethon Ball at Crown Casino, where he mingled with Premier Mark McGowan and Police Commissioner Chris Dawson.

Nev Power arrived at Perth Magistrates Court of Appeals for violating WA's COVID boundary rules in 2021.
Nev Power arrived at Perth Magistrates Court of Appeals for violating WA’s COVID boundary rules in 2021. (Trevor Collens)

Perth’s magistrate’s court said the actions were an “obvious breach that did not involve any confusion”, adding that Mr. The power of all people was well aware of all the problems and rules surrounding the virus in the state.

The judge said the father and son “saw any time in quarantine as wasted time” and “tried to rationalize their actions”.

She also acknowledged the heavy fallout on Mr. Power’s career since he was charged.

He has since left his presidency of Perth Airport and the Royal Flying Doctor Service and resigned from the employment agency APM, Strike Energy and the WA Museum Foundation.

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