A multi-millionaire hedge fund founder living in the United Kingdom has been allowed to skip out on mandatory hotel quarantine after three days to attend his father’s funeral.
Hilton Nathanson arrived in Perth on August 6 on a Qatar Airways flight from London via Doha and immediately entered a state-run quarantine facility, news.com.au understands.
But today, the 51-year-old Australian was allowed to temporarily leave the hotel to travel to Guildford Cemetery for the funeral service of his father, Marshall.
Mr Nathanson, the chairman and founding partner of Marble Bar Asset Management, was granted a compassionate exemption by the West Australian government under strict conditions, such as wearing a mask and remaining a safe distance from other attendees, news.com.au understands.
Hotel quarantine is managed by WA Health, which directed inquiries by news.com.au today to police, saying “exemptions … are handled by WA Police”.
WA Police did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
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Hedge fund millionaire Hilton Nathanson arrived in Perth on August 6 and entered hotel quarantine.Source:Supplied
Premier Mark McGowan’s office declined to comment specifically on Mr Hilton’s circumstances for privacy reasons but clarified that anyone entering the state from overseas must complete mandatory hotel quarantine for a period of 14 days, except those from New Zealand.
“The Commonwealth government is responsible for international arrivals,” a government spokesperson added.
Hotel quarantine arrangements, including policing matters such as exemption management, are not the responsibility of federal authorities.
Mr Nathanson’s exemption to leave a quarantine facility was granted by the WA government and he was permitted one hour to attend the funeral and return.
Mr Nathanson was born and raised in Perth and remains well known there in business and charity circles. He has lived in the UK since the 1990s and his fund, Marble Bar, named after the hottest town in Australia, manages tens of billions of dollars for its clients.
In 2015, Mr Nathanson himself featured on a UK rich list with an estimated worth of more than $A400 million, making him one of the wealthiest hedge fund managers in Britain.
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Hilton Nathanson received an exemption on compassionate grounds to leave hotel quarantine for his father’s funeral.Source:Supplied
Australia’s strict border measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 are the subject of growing controversy, especially from those citizens and permanent residents stuck abroad and unable to return.
State hard borders have also been responsible for preventing Australians from attending the bedsides of gravely ill loved ones and the funerals of family members.
In June, an Australian man living in Belgium was denied a compassionate exemption by the WA government to avoid hotel quarantine so he could be with his gravely ill mother.
James Turbitt’s mum died while he was in a facility in Melbourne, after being refused entry to Perth.
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Premier Mark McGowan has overseen one of the toughest borders in Australia during Covid-19. Picture: Colin MurtySource:News Corp Australia
In July, the Queensland government was attacked for forbidding a Cairns man to enter the state to be by his mother’s side as she battled terminal cancer.
Anthony McCormick rushed home from British Columbia in Canada and tested negative to Covid-19 four times over a period of 10 days, before NSW Health authorities granted him a compassionate exemption to leave quarantine and travel to Queensland.
But Queensland authorities refused his entry and his mother died. Mr McCormick was later given permission to attend her funeral.
In the same month, also in Queensland, a fully vaccinated nurse from Melbourne was forced to quarantine for 14 days despite pleas for an exemption after her father was killed in a car crash.
Just today, the Herald Sun reported on a fully vaccinated mother from Sydney being denied entry to Victoria to see her cancer-stricken daughter, currently undergoing intensive chemotherapy to treat advanced breast cancer.
“It may well be where we’re at, there are a number of people who’ve got very good reasons to come here, but the answer just has to be no,” Premier Daniel Andrews said of the case on Sunday.
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Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in Tokyo for the Olympics. Picture: Adam HeadSource:News Corp Australia
State authorities have been slammed for their double standards in overseeing decisions like these, and many others, while granting exemptions to Hollywood megastars filming in Australia, football teams travelling interstate for matches, and the rich and powerful.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk yesterday completed her mandatory hotel quarantine, just a month after attacking the system and demanding it be scaled down due to coronavirus risk.
Ms Palaszczuk left Australia to travel to Tokyo for the Olympic Games.
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