Our Pandemic Response: What do you think?

18 September, 2023

Hello. Russell Broadbent here - Member for Monash

The government is seeking your views about its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.

So let’s think, for a moment, about how Australia responded.

In unprecedented actions we locked down, masked up and mandated mass vaccination of an experimental vaccine!

This was at odds with our government’s own pandemic plans – based on decades of scientific evidence – which recommended against such things. 

Australia’s pandemic plan was reviewed in August 2019 then effectively ‘binned’ in early 2020.

Some may say the pathway Australia took saved thousands of lives.  But did it?

The World Health Organisation did no better, also recommending against its own established guidelines.

The Australian Government is seeking your opinion in a consultation looking at how Australia prepares and responds to future pandemics. This consultation outlines a proposed International Pandemic Treaty, and over 100 amendments to the International Health Regulations. 

Together, these changes are set to give the World Health Organisation unprecedented power to dictate to member nations in terms of lockdowns, masking and even digital vaccination certificates.

That is, unless Australia opts out. 

Now is the time to speak up and tell the Government what you think about how we should respond in the event of another pandemic.

And you have until 24 September to do it. 

At this critical time in our nation’s history we must all use our voices to tell the government what we think.  And in representing you, I will certainly be using mine.

And that’s just as I see it.

You can provide your feedback at the following here.

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