“We have been very gratified by the engagement weve had in recent days and in the last week with the prime ministers calls and my own,” Payne said.
Following the governments efforts, a resolution has been tabled by the European Union for the World Health Organisation on May 18 that discusses the need for an appropriate review
Prime Minister Scott Morrison told Alan Jones on 2GB Radio on May 1: “What the world over needs to know—and theres a lot of support for this—is how did it start and what are the lessons to be learned?”
“That needs to be done independently. And why do we want to know that? Because it could happen again,” he said.
Previously, on April 14, the United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General António Guterres committed to a review of the CCP virus pandemic after the crisis has passed.
China Should Support Inquiry
Australias former foreign minister Julie Bishop told ABC Radio on April 30 that she was surprised by Chinas reaction China given they “did not want to carry out a credible investigation for the rest of the world themselves.”
“I think it would have been preferable, of course, had China led a credible investigation into the origins of coronavirus, and I am surprised China has not done that given the impact on the Chinese economy, its society and indeed its reputation,” Bishop said.
Bishop also called for rhetoric to “scale down” and for a “more calm and quiet diplomacy.”
Bishop said the investigation needs to happen to understand how the virus “got into human populations and whether decisions could have been taken that would have prevented its spread.”
Speaking to Sevens Sunrise on April 29, Bishop said China had an obligation as a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council to support an independent inquiry.