Minister for Government Services Stuart Robert (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Last Thursday, in an act of negligence bordering on the criminal, 2700 passengers were waved off a cruise ship -- despite their status as floating incubators of disease -- and onto the streets of Sydney.

Since then, 130 Ruby Princess passengers have tested positive for coronavirus. It was the equivalent of giving Typhoid Mary the key to New York City.

Ever since, the NSW and federal governments have been trying to blame each other and Carnival, owner of the ship and the giant of the wretched, toxic and environmentally damaging global cruise industry.