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9.58pm GMT

Unified security also had very pointed comments for Sky News host Peta Credlin, although didn’t specifically name her.

The firm denied suggestions recently put forward by Credlin that Unified had been given an early heads up about the set up of hotel quarantine on 27 March.

“The first contact Unified Security received from anyone in State or Federal government regarding Hotel Quarantine in Victoria was an email from the Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions at 11:33pm on March 27, 2020.

“This was nine hours after it was announced by the Prime Minister.”

9.57pm GMT

Unified Security, which was the company given the bulk of the contracts for hotel quarantine in Victoria, including at the Rydges which accounted for 90% of all infections in Victoria since late May has issued this lengthy statement ahead of the report due out today.

The company says it was “certainly not” responsible for the outbreak, despite some of its guards testing positive for Covid-19, because the firm was “never in charge of infection control”.

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