Senator Malcolm Roberts has strongly criticized the Albanese Government’s inadequate investigation into Australia’s response to COVID-19, accusing it of attempting to avoid a more powerful Royal Commission that can compel testimony. In Senator Roberts’ opinion, the Labor government’s proposed inquiry is a cover-up and a betrayal of everyday Australians and small businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID response over the past three and a half years.
Senator Roberts argues that if the Government saw fit to establish a Royal Commission into the Robodebt scandal, then it should also consider one for one of the most expensive and invasive responses in Australian history, COVID-19. The COVID response involved the printing of over $500 billion, leading to inflationary problems that the country is still grappling with today. Moreover, there have been 30,000 excess deaths this year alone, with only 50% being officially attributed to COVID. The response also resulted in a significant invasion of civil liberties, and Senator Roberts contends that all of this was done in secrecy.
Rather than appoint three insiders to oversee an investigation, Senator Roberts argues that a Royal Commission is necessary to unveil the secrecy in which both state and federal politicians and bureaucrats have operated for years. A Royal Commission would have the power to reveal the truth behind the decision-making processes and shed light on any potential wrongdoings.
To address these concerns, Senator Roberts plans to propose the establishment of a COVID Royal Commission in the first half of 2024, asking the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee to report and recommend the terms of reference for the inquiry. This initiative aims to bring transparency and accountability to Australia’s COVID response.
In conclusion, Senator Malcolm Roberts strongly believes that the Albanese Government’s toothless inquiry into COVID is an attempt to avoid a more powerful Royal Commission and protect politicians and bureaucrats from scrutiny. He argues that a Royal Commission is necessary to uncover the truth and provide justice for everyday Australians and small businesses affected by the COVID response. By proposing the establishment of a COVID Royal Commission, Senator Roberts hopes to ensure transparency and accountability in future investigations into the country’s handling of the pandemic.