But with each passing day, it has looked more and more like this inquiry, with its stated aim of providing answers about the quarantine debacle, has had the opposite effect, contributing to the withholding of information from the public and the scientific community.
The Premier, his ministers and even their Chief Health Officer, Brett Sutton – who looks like he has a lot he would like to say – have all consistently batted away questions on the quarantine scandal, referring to the inquiry where, it is hoped, all will be revealed.
But in the immediate absence of real answers and evidence, a thousand conspiracy theories have been hatched, some of them pretty far-fetched and none of them doing Andrews or his government any favours.
Another notion that hasn’t been proven but has also stuck fast is that every one of the cases of the virus in Victoria’s second wave can be traced back to hotel quarantine.
Sutton famously said that was conceivably true, with Coate’s counsel assisting, Tony Neale, taking those words and running with them in his opening statement to the inquiry on July 20. But we don’t really know.
That’s because the genomic sequencing, the viral detective work that can trace the exact route of the spread of COVID-19 cluster or outbreak, has not been publicly released by the Doherty Institute, the world-class Melbourne research facility that has done the work
The institute has cited the inquiry as the reason for not releasing the data.
Nor has the real time genomic sequencing believed to be in use by Sutton’s team been made public – the Chief Health Officer says the data is not his to release.
It’s all in stark contrast to NSW, where authorities speak freely and in detail of their use of genomic technology as a valuable tool to identify the origins of clusters and outbreaks.
Talking of Victoria’s northern neighbour, when NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian called an inquiry into the Ruby Princess scandal, witnesses were answering questions on live TV within seven days, not 40.
That’s not the only reason Berejiklian is travelling well through this stage of the pandemic while Andrews is besieged by critics; the NSW Premier hasn’t had to report more than 700 cases in one day with 13 lives lost.
But the contrast in approach cannot be ignored.
In the end, the long gap between calling for the inquiry and reporting its findings may have another unpleasant consequence for Andrews and his government.
It may have given people ample time to believe everything they have heard and make up their minds about who was to blame.
Noel Towell is State Political Editor for The Age