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Kelly disputed a report in The Age which claimed that 8.9% of close contacts linked to the Holiday Inn outbreak were not contacted within 48-hours on Monday, rising to 43.7% on Tuesday. The report said the information was discussed at a meeting of the AHPPC, which Kelly sits on, on Thursday night, and confirmed by three sources “familiar with the meeting”.
Victorian premier Daniel Andrews was also asked about this earlier and also disputed it, saying Victorian contract tracers were meeting their targets.
I am aware of The Age report and I guarantee the information did not come from the AHPPC. It is up to that particular journalist to decide where that information may have come from.
He then said that all states and territories had to provide information “in some granular detail” about their contact tracing efforts, which is made publicly available once a week.
Kelly then says he has “full confidence in the Victorian hotel quarantine system”.
They have run a very good quarantine system. As indeed all of the other states and territories are doing in their ways.
We have had a very small number of breaches, but of course we can always learn from what happens and that continuous quality improvement approach is what we are taking. The AHPPC met three times this week to discuss hotel quarantine specifically and we will continue to meet until we have really gone through and seen what else we can be doing to improve the quality of that system, and we will not stop there.
The commonwealth, we oversee those standards, we give guidance, we have meetings like the ones I’m describing, but the states are the ones that are running their quarantine systems and they need to do that in the way that best fulfils their needs within their own states.