Royal Commission to Australia’s handling of COVID-19 ‘as soon as practicable’: PM

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (PM) said the Royal Commission will investigate Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic “as soon as possible”, but the government will first deal with the current wave of the virus.

Speaking to Sky News Australia on August 21, Albanese said both federal and state government responses would have to be considered, but the main focus would be on the pandemic response of the former Free Nationals government. rice field.

But while South Australian Senator Alex Antic stressed that the Royal Commission was “absolutely necessary”, lockdowns, mandates (masks and vaccines) and quarantine policies — most states and the Territory are run by the centre-left Labor Party.

Prime Minister Albanese has revealed that a royal commission (a broad independent inquiry) will investigate interactions between authorities at the federal and state levels.

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Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese speaks at the Houses of Parliament in Canberra, Australia, 28 July 2022. (Martin Ollman/Getty Images)

“Mostly, it’s about the federal government, and that’s our responsibility. But interactions between different levels of government were of course critical to the response to the COVID pandemic,” Albanese said. increase.

“Different government agency responses, how they operate, different jurisdictions. there is potential.”

The prime minister said there was a need to thoroughly examine what worked, what didn’t and what lessons could be learned from the once-in-a-century pandemic and the necessary response, including the biggest economic stimulus package in Australia’s history. Added.

But he stressed it was a priority as the country has dealt with another wave of the virus since he took office. He said.

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Senator Alex Antic on the Australian Senate floor. (Image provided to The Epoch Times by Senator Antic’s office)

Royal commission should not be limited to federal response: Senator

Sen. Antick agrees that an investigation should be conducted into the handling of COVID-19, including the actions of former Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his government, but state prime ministers, ministers and chief health officers Emphasized that the behavior of the person should be the first concentration.

“So they controlled most of this issue. ‘s stuff,” he told Sky News on Aug. 19.

Antic added that the Royal Commission is important given that people have been coerced into treatment, deprived of their livelihoods and that the Chief Health Officer is now “flipping” on their advice. .

“Now we see people saying, ‘Actually, infection is not a problem when it comes to vaccination.’ He said…” he said.

“And now all of a sudden people are trying to wriggle out of this issue? A royal commission, a broad-based royal commission, is the definitive answer.”

Steve Milne


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