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Hotel quarantine probe swirls closer to Andrews

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has came under fire during a four hour parliamentary hearing on Friday over the perennial issue of who authorised the use of security guards for hotel quarantine and the failure to accept ADF support.

Since Mr Andrews claimed that ADF support was never offered, evidence has been produced to show ADF support was offered repeatedly by the federal government but Mr Andrews insists his evidence is consistent.

“I requested ADF to come to Victoria, not the other way ’round, it wasn’t offered, I requested it,” Mr Andrews told the parliamentary hearing.

“I’ve gone to these matters under oath, I have nothing to add to what I;’ve said under oath, if you look at my witness statement, my oral evidence and the numerous transcripts … the facts are absolutely consistent … each of us left the national cabinet [on March 27] with no expectation, no expectation of significant and substantial ADF support … I’ve been absolutely consistent and clear,” Mr Andrews said.

Mr Andrews’ also insisted no final decision had been made when he spoke at a 3pm press conference on that Friday March 27, despite mentioning the use of private security.

“I gave a press conference …. but clearly indicated … many of the key details … would not be able to be answered at that doorstop because they had not been settled yet,” Mr Andrews said.

Mr Andrews was again asked about what was discussed when former Secretary of the Premier’s Department Chris Eccles, left national cabinet to call Mr Andrews’ chief of staff, but said there was nothing suspicious about the call.

“The current secretary and the previous secretary and where relevant other senior public servants where relevant speak with my chief of staff on a very regular basis,” Mr Andrews said.

The hotel quarantine inquiry held its final hearing on Friday before it reported in the days before Christmas. New documents, including telephone records from Mr Andrews’ chief of staff are expected to be released around 3pm.

“If we just wait a short number of days, I’m confident that the board will deliver on a timeline it has outlined and the nature of that report, the contents of that report, I don’t know what will be in that report,” Mr Andrews said.

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Atari Hotel in Arizona one step closer to reality

A proposed Atari Hotel is closer to becoming a reality, although no site has been chosen yet.

PHOENIX — A proposed Atari Hotel concept is closer to reality as the developers released new renderings of what the large-scale project would look like.

The developers licensed the Atari name and plan to develop multiple hotels and video-game-based entertainment venues around the country, starting in Las Vegas and Phoenix. 

The Atari Hotels would feature a retro-inspired style along with, of course, lots of video games.

“The gaming world didn’t slow down, not one single bit during COVID,” developer and CEO Shelly Murphy said, “If anything it shot up.”

Couple a hotel with the nostalgia of a 1980s brand like Atari, Murphy believes they will have a hit. 

“They’re embracing the nostalgia,” she said. “They’re embracing these nostalgic brands.”

Murphy said the idea for an Atari-themed hotel chain came from that nostalgia, and a well-placed contact in the industry: Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple. Murphy said Wozniak, who was one of the original employees of Atari, greased the wheels.

They secured the rights to the Atari name and went public with the project in January of this year. 

“My phone was ringing from Tokyo to the Netherlands, from Hong Kong to Germany,” Murphy said. “It was really insane.”

Murphy said right now there is no site chosen for the Arizona location. They were considering a downtown plot, but found they would need more room for the massive entertainment complex attached to the hotel, Murphy said.

That complex, which Murphy said will feature video games from every kind of company, not just Atari, will include:

  • Retro-style gaming arcades
  • Pop-culture-themed bars and restaurants
  • State of the art esports multiplex
  • Multi-purpose gaming arena
  • Experiential and immersive entertainment

Exact timelines are still up in the air, but Murphy said the team hopes to choose a Las Vegas location by the end of 2020 with a Phoenix location at the beginning of 2021. The hotels would open roughly two years after that, she said. 

“We are so excited about this project,” Murphy said. “It is 100% going to happen.”

FROM JANUARY: Video game-themed Atari Hotel planned for downtown Phoenix

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