Labor calls for COVID Royal Commission

A Senate inquiry has recommended Australia’s response to COVID-19 should be examined by a Royal Commission.

In its final report released yesterday, the committee, chaired by Labor, called for greater transparency.

It recommended releasing decisions of the nation’s health advisers and conceded there were “significant failures” which caused “catastrophic consequences”.

The report criticised the government for not establishing stand-alone quarantine facilities and highlighted the failures around the vaccine rollout.

It called for the establishment of a Centre for Disease Control and for the federal government to consider laws to crack down on medical misinformation.