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The Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, has clashed with a journalist who suggested he should hand over his phone records voluntarily to the state’s hotel quarantine inquiry.

On Friday Andrews said he would hand over his phone records to the inquiry if he was asked.

There are questions about a six-minute gap in the former police commissioner Graham Ashton’s evidence to the inquiry and some say the period could be crucial to finding out who decided to use private guards in the program.

So far, the inquiry has been told it was a “creeping assumption”.

“Why wouldn’t you and your office just release those phone records of your own volition?” Andrews was asked a few minutes ago.

Andrews replied: “I’m not running the inquiry and, with the greatest of respect, neither is your network.”

He was then asked what he or the government “had to hide”.

Andrews said: “All of these issues are being considered, have been considered, are being considered. And the inquiry has not finished its work. We really are going around in circles here. It is an independent inquiry. I am not going to interfere in that inquiry.”

Andrews faced combative questions on the same topic from Tony Abbott’s chief of staff, Peta Credlin, on Friday.

Credlin is now a commentator on Sky News.

The Guardian revealed on Friday evening that Victoria police had not formally requested Ashton’s records from Telstra, contradicting earlier claims made by the force.

Daniel Andrews at Saturday’s daily Covid briefing

Daniel Andrews at Saturday’s daily Covid briefing. Photograph: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

Read the original article at The Guardian

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