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Woman dobs on desperate mum trapped over border

A heated feud has erupted on Twitter after woman tried dobbing in a mum stuck in NSW to Victoria Police, accusing her of trying to “illegally” enter the state.

A woman who tried setting Victoria Police onto a mum stuck in NSW desperate to return home with her son has faced a barrage of abuse online.

The woman was described “disgraceful” after responding to another user on Monday, dobbing her in to police after she asked for advice on getting into Victoria.

“Has anyone crossed from NSW to Vic recently?” the original poster had asked, explaining how she and her son were “stuck” in NSW and unsure if they would be able to get home.

“We are going to be out of resources soon, can’t keep living in motels. For the first time I’m scared we can’t get home,” read her tweet, which has since been deleted.

The second woman, who has since set her account to private, responded by tagging the profile of Victoria Police.

“@VictoriaPolice this person is contemplating crossing [the] border from NSW to Victoria illegally,” she wrote.

Her post sparked a major backlash online, as screenshots of the exchange began to go viral.

“Check this out. A woman asks for advice on how to get home, and [the second woman] responds by karening on. What a piece of s*** she is. Disgraceful,” one man who shared a screenshot wrote.

Others agreed the response left much to be desired, with some arguing Covid-19 border closures had been “bringing out both the best and worst in a lot of people”.

“[She] didn’t say she’s going to cross illegally. Covid has exposed the really nasty and ugly side of some people,” one person responded.

Another said, “It’s hard to stay positive when you see something like this.”

Ombudsman launches investigation

The controversy came as the Victorian Ombudsman on Wednesday announced it would be launching an investigation into how interstate travel permits were managed.

More than 80 complaints from people trying to enter Victoria had raised “potentially systemic issues about departmental decision-making”, according to the body.

“The situation is increasingly urgent with the extended lockdown. Some people are telling my office they face effective homelessness, stuck interstate with nowhere else to go,” Victorian Ombudsman Deborah Glass said.

“Cases that have come into my office have raised concerns about the exercise of discretion under the relevant public health directions. This will be a swift investigation to help the Department identify if urgent improvements are needed in processes and decision making.”

The investigation is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.

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