One of Daniel Andrews’ fiercest critics – Sky News host Peta Credlin – has launched a new attack on the Victorian premier, demanding answers to key questions about the state’s failed hotel quarantine system.
She also outlined a timeline of how she understands the decision to use private security companies in hotel quarantine and asked a number of key questions.
Read Peta Credlin’s column on the hotel quarantine request at The Australian
“The truth matters because 816 Victorians died as a result of that decision,” Credlin wrote.
“Who did it and why was it done? Was it just that Victoria Police wanted to babysit non-returning travelers? Or did the decision to use private security have something more to offer – and in particular, why one company might be chosen over others? ”
The investigation into the quarantine disaster in Victoria continues with an extraordinary session at 2pm on Tuesday – and Credlin said it must be “serious about finding out the truth”.
“This time around, the investigation cannot possibly conclude that the government has violated a national cabinet decision based on ‘creeping acceptance’,” she wrote. “And then the fundamental question arises, how can tens of millions of dollars worth of contracts be rented out without a due process that the investigation has so far largely ignored.”
She then went on to provide a timeline for how Unified Security won a $ 30 million contract for the contract, and concluded that IBAC, Victoria’s anti-corruption watchdog, was holding public hearings on allegations of serious corruption in contracting public transport sector of Victoria.
“I have no inside knowledge of these IBAC hearings and we’ll see where they go next Monday,” she said. “But I know that: the other important contract in Victoria that Unified Security Trumpets is signing is with Metro Trains. Look at this room. ”
At 2 p.m. today, investigator Jennifer Coate is expected to issue a statement regarding new evidence that has emerged. No witnesses will appear during the hearing.
The Sydney Morning Herald Reports Justice Coate will likely ask for more time to complete the investigation’s final report, which is due to be submitted early next month.
This comes amid shocking new revelations about today’s hotel quarantine process – more than 200 people who have stayed at the hotels have been asked to get tested for HIV and other viruses after testing material revealed possible cross-contamination.
Safer Care Victoria announced yesterday that 243 people who had a blood glucose test in hotel quarantine between March 29 and August 20 could be at risk of contracting a blood-borne virus after the the same test was carried out on several people.
“Blood glucose testing devices designed to be used by one person have been used on multiple residents,” Safer Care Victoria said in a statement. “This carries a low clinical risk of cross-contamination and blood-borne viruses – hepatitis B and C and HIV.”
A blood sugar level test involves pricking a finger to obtain a drop of blood for the test device.
Safer Care executive director Victoria Adj Assoc, Prof. Ann Maree Keenan, said the agency is conducting a review to find out how the problem came up.
Former Labor leader Bill Shorten said the mistakes in Victoria were “not good enough”.
He said this was a timely reminder that people still “must keep our watch over the old nasties we know of”.
“It has to be really stressful and worrying for the people who went through this. I hope they can get the test results back as soon as possible, ”he said.
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