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It’s none of our business what happened to Morrison at Tourism Australia. Just ask ‘Scott’

Scmocchio image by Alex Anstey, staff

By Jommy Tee | Michael West Media

New evidence shows the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) interfered in denying a Freedom of Information (FOI) request by Michael West Media (MWM) into Scott Morrison’s sacking from Tourism Australia in 2006. 

MWM has been trying for months to obtain, via FOI, a copy of the 2006 Tourism Australia Board paper that discussed Scott Morrison’s termination. Access to the Board paper was refused. This document could provide critical insights into why the board of thought it necessary to terminate Morrison’s employment as managing director of the organisation after only 15 months. It is a document that no other media organisation has attempted to obtain previously.

As part of consultation process for our original FOI, Tourism Australia was obliged to consult the Prime Minister and seek his views on the release of the document. 

We had to lodge a further FOI application to find out what consultation took place between Tourism Australia and external parties, including Morrison.  The request uncovered 68 documents. 

We were granted full access to two documents, partial access to 16 documents, and refused access to 50 documents. Read more

Morrison should step down, by Alison Ryan

“It’s none of your business what I do”

From an article that was first published in the print edition of The Saturday Paper on Jun 8, 2019 as “Fresh documents in Morrison’s sacking”.
“…The Saturday Paper uncovered an auditor-general’s report from 2008 examining the handling of three major contracts, which had delivered a scathing assessment of Tourism Australia’s management.
The report provided the first indication as to the real reason Morrison was removed.”

“The audit report revealed that information had been kept from the board, procurement guidelines breached and private companies engaged before paperwork was signed and without appropriate value-for-money assessments.”

“Both before and since becoming prime minister in August last year (2018), Scott Morrison has refused to answer questions about why the tourism minister took the unusual step in July 2006 of sacking him as head of the agency. He has also refused to answer questions about the handling of the contracts, which were signed the previous year. He did not respond to questions for this story before time of press.”

“The Tourism Australia board, on which Morrison sat as managing director, was then under the chairmanship of former deputy prime minister and Nationals leader Tim Fischer.”

If our PM doesn’t answer the questions and stops FOI requests, Mr Morrison is not batting for the people of Australia. He really should step down, but hardly likely.

Mark of the Beast – digital identification is being legislated right now in Canberra

Minister’s foreword to ‘Your guide to the Digital Identity legislation’

As we have seen during recent years, Australians are keen and willing to adapt to challenges (Scamdemic). In recent years, our nation has transformed the way we go about our daily lives – and it all revolves around digital. From shopping to banking to accessing government services, Australia has turned to digital in droves.

Federal Liberal Minister Stewart Robert is going to have you producing your ID before purchasing any item including food. Submissions for this bill close on October 27, 2021

With this comes great benefits – a thriving digital economy drives growth by enabling businesses to prosper, providing more job opportunities for Australians, and connecting us with emerging industries and technologies across the world. However, Australians and Australian businesses must have trust and confidence that the system and their personal information is safe and secure.

A safe, thriving digital economy is the best way we can grow the Australian economy.

A safe, thriving digital economy is not possible without digital identity – that is, a safe, secure and convenient way for Australians to prove their identity online.

This is the focus of the proposed Digital Identity legislation. The Trusted Digital Identity Bill, once passed by Parliament, will establish permanent oversight and governance structures for the Australian Government Digital Identity System, and enshrine in law important privacy and consumer protections. It builds on strong safeguards already in place, providing the authority for a consistent set of rules that will protect Australians and Australian businesses. The work achieved in this space, and the future opportunities that legislation will enable, are critical parts of the Morrison Government’s ambition for our nation to be a leading digital economy and society by 2030.

The release of this exposure draft of the Bill and supporting materials is the next step in a multi-year journey of consultation to ensure the legislation is robust, fit-for-purpose, and meets public expectations. My sincere thanks to those who have contributed their views to date. I encourage you all to review the materials and provide your feedback to help us ensure this important work is done right.

The Hon. Stuart Robert MP
Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business

Here it is

On 1 October 2021, the Hon. Stuart Robert MP, Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business released the exposure draft of the Trusted Digital Identity Bill and related legislative instruments for public consultation.   

We have conducted extensive consultation – including two completed rounds of public consultation – to understand public expectations for the legislation. Thank you to everyone who has provided feedback on the proposed legislation to date. 

The purposes of the legislation are to:

  • enable the expansion of the Australian Government Digital Identity System, specifically to enable greater participation by state and territory governments and the private sector
  • enshrine in law various privacy and consumer protections, so that Australians can have confidence in the System and know that their personal information is safe and secure
  • establish permanent governance arrangements and a strong regulatory regime.

Our Digital Identity legislation: What is it? fact sheet has further information [Word 124KB] [PDF 172KB]. 

We aim to provide documents in an accessible format. If you require a more accessible format, please contact us

Providing your feedback 

Your feedback on the draft Trusted Digital Identity Bill will help ensure that it meets the needs and expectations of the Australian community. 

How to make a submission

You can provide feedback by completing the short submission form, clicking the ‘choose file’ button to upload your submission, and selecting the ‘Complete form’ button at the end of the survey. 

  • We encourage you to make your submission in Word for accessibility reasons, though we will also accept other document formats, including PDFs.
  • While there are no restrictions on the content of your submission, please refer to the headings and ideas in the exposure draft of the Bill and the other documents in the package as much as possible.
  • If you have feedback on the RIS, please use one of the RIS feedback forms we have set up (available under ‘Regulation Impact Statement‘ above). Use the one that matches the role your organisation would play in the Australian Government Digital Identity System. If you’re not sure, use the RIS feedback form marked ‘General’.

Completing the online submission form should take around 5 minutes. Ensure you have your submission documents ready to upload before you begin. 

If you have any difficulty using the submission form to send your response, please email digitalidentity@dta.gov.au.

Political Circus Disappearing Act! Step right up!

Planes from China

Letter to the Editor.

Here is the tracing of Just the aircraft from China to Sydney since 2pm Sunday 26 Sept 2021.

B-1112
HS-XTE
B-LNM landing soon
B-LNS approaching Australia
B-LQF approaching Australia
B-18358 approaching Australia
B-16333 approaching Australia

Click on this link and open, then copy and past an aircraft number listed above and see where they travel from and to – – https://globe.adsbexchange.com/?icao=789244

Did not count all the other planes to international airports in Australia today.

Found this on telegram:

New Bill To Allow Foreign Forces and Troops To Be Used on Australian Soil:
From a close contact My partner is employed by the Government and works with Rod Culleton. She has just been informed that the dark side of the Aus gov are going through the very final steps to bring in the UN now that the below bill has been approved for the UN to assist in laying down the agenda. Reading between the lines, my concern is that both our police and ADF will be stripped of their rank and returned to civilian status upon UN arrival, majority C.C.P troops. The ADF of all ranks need to hear ALL the truth asap I feel!! ADF and Police are far more disposable then they know and may just find themselves without a salary very soon…please warn those friends of yours who wear a uniform

Writing my last will now.

LNP/ALP putting your identity into a national ID Card and Covid passport

from ZD Net April 19, 2021

A national digital identity program was raised as one of the key priorities during the Data and Digital Ministers’ Meeting on Friday.

Off the back of the meeting, a communique indicated the ministers agreed that a national approach to digital identity would “make it easier for the Australian public to interact online across a wide range of digital services, regardless of the jurisdiction they live in or the service they are accessing”. They added work continues among them to “make this a reality”.

PM Morrison and his corrupted, Cabinet vagabonds and state Premiers under instruction from the Deep State are preparing your vaccine passport

The meeting’s agenda also covered the development of an intergovernmental agreement to support national data sharing between governments, as well as updates on the Commonwealth’s rollout of a COVID-19 vaccination “passport“.

“Enhancements to the Immunisation History Statement make proof of COVID-19 vaccination clear and easy to access for individuals who have received all required doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. Ministers noted this is an important step in the continued re-opening of Australia’s economy,” the communique stated. 

Also on late Friday, the federal government revealed the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) would return to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), just under two years after it was shifted to the Social Services portfolio.

Despite the move, the agency will remain under the watch of Stuart Robert, who was formerly Minister for Government Services before being moved to Minister for Employment Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business as part of the most recent ministerial cabinet reshuffle.

See: DTA to refresh Australia’s digital transformation strategy

The last time the DTA was housed under PM&C was in 2015. Back then, the agency was known as the Digital Transformation Office and was charged with unifying government agencies and services online. The agency then underwent a name change from DTO to DTA under a year after being established.

The shift of the DTA under the Social Services portfolio happened when Prime Minister Scott Morrison established Services Australia as the federal government’s centralised service delivery agency.

An order signed by the Governor-General and Prime Minister revealed that while the DTA has been moved back into PM&C its responsibilities remain largely unchanged, specifying that it will continue to oversee whole-of-government IT investments, digital deliveries, and procurement services.

Read also: Senate Committee concerned with DTA’s level of IT project oversight

It will also manage strategic coordination and oversight functions for digital and IT investment across the life cycle of projects, as well as provide advice to Robert on whole-of-government digital.

The DTA is currently juggling a number of significant government tech projects. In a document prepared for a Senate committee in March, the DTA disclosed there were 84 IT projects over AU$10 million in value underway by Australian government entities as of December 2020. Some of these projects include the redevelopment of myGov and the whole-of-government digital identity program.

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Doctor says mRNA ‘vaccination’ is simply gene therapy which does not cure SARS-Covid infections

Do not miss this brilliant video by David Martin PhD from Dr Jim Mercola’s medical site which Deep State is trying to shut down.  MRNA gene therapy does not cure Covid infections but exposes the patient to long-term serious physical harm or death. The so-called vaccines do not fall under federal regulations which legally describe a vaccine.

This is a must see explanation of how Australian politicians and the TGA have been lying to coerce you into making pharmaceutical trans-corporations even more wealthy. If you want to stay alive do not take any Covid ‘vaccine’.

 

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2021/03/05/web-elite-extremists-behind-censorship-of-mercola.aspx?ui=c7870729de2d8d0850d673b008b58c8705dad9f079f154156488b015d4194f48&sd=20210225&cid_source=dnl&cid_medium=email&cid_content=art1ReadMore&cid=20210305&mid=DM810985&rid=1098990169

 

National survey finds more than half of the American population does not want Covid shot

from Great Game India

https://t.co/tFnZTkcGwN       Make sure you view this Irish Twitter post before it disappears

According to a new survey more than half of Americans do not want COVID-19 vaccine. The study has also looked into the concerns among people reluctant to receive the jabs, with 68 per cent of people saying they are worried about the long term effects of the vaccines.

More than half of Americans say they want to delay getting a Covid vaccine until they know more information or even refuse it altogether, according to a new survey.

Only 41 per cent of those surveyed said they are eager to receive the shots as soon as possible, according to the tracking project by the non-profit Kaiser Family Foundation.

 

In the Kaiser study carried out in January, 31 per cent said they want to wait and see further results from the vaccines, seven per cent said they would only get inoculated if they were made to, while 13 per cent said they will definitely not receive the shots.

The study has also looked into the concerns among people reluctant to receive the jabs, with 68 per cent of people saying they are worried about the long term effects of the vaccines.

#COVID19 sign board in Ireland. pic.twitter.com/tFnZTkcGwN

Other fears that the vaccine could cause Covid-19 and it might cause serious side effects are more pronounced in the groups less keen to receive the shots.

A YouGov poll last month found that vaccine skepticism is higher in the US than in many other countries.

 COVID-19 never left the page upon which it was conceived

https://livinginconsciousness.blogspot.com/2020/03/covid19-is-not-what-you-think.html?m=1

by Heather Warfield, RN, MSN and JB Lewis, B.S. Biology

The name, COVID19, was created to segregate it from the legitimate Coronavirus. This was done so that the original, not-so-dangerous virus, can be turned into an invisible terrorist – mixing a little truth with a lot of lies seems to authenticate the issue in the minds of nearly everyone and makes it more believable. By declaring COVID19 as a new bug (novel), a version without a past or known ailments or causes, the idea of it can be used as a (weapon) to control the public at large. In this way, any number of false terrors can be attributed to it; a ghost virus that can (get) you from anywhere and by any means, they say. It is time to realize the media and leaders do not have your best interest at heart.

Side Note:  No One Has EVER had COVID-19. Do not confuse it with the actual Coronavirus.

COVID-19 is Not a virus. It is a fictional talking point created by the John Hopkins School of Medicine, The Council on Foreign Relations, The World Health Organization, The Center For Disease Control, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and a few others; conceived only as a tool of manipulation.

It is important for you to know that on October 19, 2019, these groups hosted, what they called, a Tabletop Exercise of a Fictional Novel Coronavirus Pandemic? 

Those players could have chosen any number of viruses to execute their Virus Exercise; yet, they invented a fictional virus that magically leapt off the page and became a pandemic one month later. Global populations accepted this pandemic as real because the world at large had no idea the exercise was underway. And yes, it was the intention of the exercise to deceive the world.

How do we know the coronavirus pandemic is fictional?

On their website plan, they call it fictional by stating, “…for the scenario, we modeled a fictional novel coronavirus pandemic.

Event 201: https://www.centerforhealthsecurity.org/event201/

More than a coincidence? We’ll even go a step further and say, calling it an exercise is a cover for the actual False Pandemic plan going into motion. It is time to be logical, reasonable, and use our basic common sense.

EVENT 201 and COVID-19 Are The Same Thing … https://livinginconsciousness.blogspot.com/2020/04/event-201-and-covid19.html

Why Use Coronavirus In A False Pandemic:

Because blending the name of a known virus with a fictional one makes confusing the public a lot easier. The news has been doing this for decades – there are no new tricks here. Still, the public continues to believe it.

Why Is COVID-19 False:

Animals of varying types have been known to carry certain strains of a virus called coronavirus; however, these sequences do not have a history of transmuting to humans via normal contact. A virus of this nature must be taught how to invade another species cellular makeup by manipulating the genetic code of the cells. Then, it has to be injected into a human via a vaccine or some other invasive measure; say, if an infected animal bit you. Even then, one would not necessarily become sick or shed the virus to someone else.

Of the people who have had the flu shot, or other vaccines, within the last 15 to 20 years, it is possible, but not guaranteed, that a portion of the population has one or more of the 6 known strains of the animal based Coronavirus, or other animal sequences, lying harmlessly dormant in their system. This would be due to several modern vaccines being synthesized through animal tissue. What the population Does Not have is a COVID-19 infection. COVID-19 never left the page upon which it was conceived. There are those in positions of power that are making every effort to purposely confuse the Coronavirus and COVID-19 in order to mislead everyone. The art of confusing the public is not a new one …

Compulsory vaccination and associated penalties for refusal are unlawful

Kick out the fascists of the Liberal and Labor Parties for promulgating a false Covid pandemic

by TrueBlue Observer|

https://cirnow.com.au/1946-referendum-denied-government-power-to-medically-test/

The Commonwealth Constitution of Australia states categorically that Political Party ‘Governments’ cannot force compulsory vaccination upon the public. This section cannot be altered and any penalties such as banning kids from school or a loss of social security payments to parents are unlawful.

Any amendment to the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1901 MUST be voted on in a referendum before the Constitution can be changed.

State legislation is always subordinate to a Constitutional Act. All state legislation imposing covid restrictions are NULL and VOID. We, the people of the Commonwealth of Australia, can lawfully refuse to obey any state legislation that is against the constitution.

In 1946 Australians voted in a referendum that asked if they would authorise the so-called political party governments to force anyone to undergo a medical or dental procedure without their consent.

Here is what the referendum asked, and the voting result:

Referendum 1946 CONSTITUTION ALTERATION (SOCIAL SERVICES) 1946

Question 1.
Do you approve of the proposed law for the Alteration of the Constitution, entitled Constitution Alteration (Social Services) 1946?

THE FIRST QUESTION

CONSTITUTION ALTERATION (SOCIAL SERVICES) 1946 SOCIAL SERVICES

New paragraph to be added to section 51 of the Constitution:

(xxiiiA) the provision of maternity allowances, widows’ pensions, child endowment, unemployment, pharmaceutical, sickness and hospital benefits, medical and dental services (but not so as to authorize any form of civil conscription), benefits to students and family allowances;

Q1. The referendum was carried.
All six States recorded a YES vote. Nationally 54.39% of electors voted YES

The question was approved, but with a condition:
medical and dental services (but not so as to authorize any form of civil conscription)

This means that the People of the Commonwealth of Australia denied the government any power to force people to undergo any medical or dental procedure without their consent.

You do not have to consent!

Download and print out the PDF and carry it around with you at all times. If you are stopped by the police or the covid cops show them this document and explain to them politely that they are also men / women of the Commonwealth of Australia with one vote each. They do not have any authority to break the law.

Forcing people to wear a mask, or undertake any test (including for covid or RBT) is a crime under the Crimes Act 1914, as codified in our Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1901 S. 51 (xxiiiA)

Inform them that if they continue to demand that you submit to their unlawful orders you will citizens arrest them and summon them to appear before a Common Law Court.

If they continue to demand that you submit to their demands, utter the words:
I hereby arrest you under my common law power to citizens arrest anyone I observe committing a crime. By insisting that I submit to your demands you are committing an indictable crime against me. You are hereby required to supply your name, badge number and police station you are working from.

Make sure you get as much information from them and inform them that they will be required to appear before a Common Law Court when they receive the summons, and that if convicted by a jury of 12 of their peers they will be held personally responsible for any harm they have caused.

Then upload your complaint here and we will advise you on how to take these criminals, liars, thieves and traitors to a real court before 12 of their peers sitting on a properly constitution jury.
https://commonlawcourtaus.org/upload-statement-of-claim

Click here to download the PDF, print it out and carry it with you everywhere. If you are challenged by the police be polite, ask them if they are aware that they are the ones committing a crime, and hand them this document….

https://cirnow.com.au/?smd_process_download=1&download_id=32819

Scott Morrison’s Successful Year

By: Rossleigh – Australian Independent Media Network

Prime Minister Scott Morrison being successful

Scott Morrison has had a really successful year! I know this, and not just because the media keep telling me what a great year he’s had.

Compare his year with Peter Dutton who, at the start of the year, wanted Border Force to be the unquestioned ministry in charge of everything, had to announce that they had nothing to do with keeping our borders safe when it came to quarantine. Or, indeed anything that didn’t involve leaky boats.

Or compare it with Alan Tudge who got caught with his proverbial pants down and ended the year being given the Education Ministry as punishment. (Just before the lawyers get consulted, I’m not talking about Tudge’s personal life here. I’m referring to the way his conduct was described as “criminal” by a judge, which must have reminded some people of when he, Michael Sukkar and Greg Hunt all had to apologise for their comments, so that they weren’t found guilty of contempt of court.) While some suggested that Tudge should have lost his position on the front bench for any number of reasons, nothing he did was a hanging offence.

Undoubtedly you’ve heard that expression before and guess it could explain why no Coalition ministers ever lose their portfolio when it’s established that their actions were the result of incompetence or corruption. “Minister Miscreaent did overlook his purchase of property in the area and failed to declare his conflict of interest before overseeing a change that resulted in a large windfall but he has since updated his assets appropriately and this certainly not a hanging offence.” Given that – in Australia – there is no capital punishment, even for murder, then nothing actually IS a hanging offence, so obviously if there are no hanging offences, then there is no crime or misdemeanour for which a minister could be regarded as having gone too far.

Yes, the expression “not a hanging offence” is silly but not as silly as the phrase “gold standard”. When Scott Morrison said that he wasn’t worried about the recent COVID-19 outbreak in New South Wales because they were the “gold standard”, I worried that our PM had no Understanding of what the term gold standard means. Simply, it’s a monetary system where a country’s currency or paper money has a value directly linked to gold. The USA abandoned it under Nixon and, in 2020, no country uses it. So was Morrison suggesting that NSW approach to the virus was something out-of-date and obsolete or was he suggesting that it was backed by gold?

Either way, one has to conclude that he thinks that Gladys has had the same sort of great year that he’s had. To recap briefly on why it’s been such a great year for ScoMo:

  • He began the year in trouble, not merely for going off to Hawaii while the nations burned, but for having his office lie about it.
  • HIs explanation of not being the one to hold a hose, led to some ribald comments and lots of mocking.
  • He attempted a reset with lots of photos of maps and firefighters, where he was pointing in a way that suggested he had something to contribute, leading to various media outlets telling us that he’d learned his lesson.
  • His attempt to shake the hands of unwilling people undercut his attempt at empathy, leading to suggestions that his empathy coach may, in fact, have been Andrew Bolt.
  • With the outbreak of COVID-19 in Australia, he got to show his true leadership by telling us that there was nothing to worry about and that he was going to the football, but because of potential backlash, he changed his mind.
  • He told us that schools were safe just before a number of schools were shut down because of the outbreaks of the virus.
  • The auditor-general released a scathing report about how taxpayer funds were used in the lead-up to the previous election prompting the phrase “sports rorts” to be used everywhere except for Parliament where the term was deemed unacceptable.
  • He left various people out of JobKeeper such as university staff
  • He told us that we couldn’t stay under the doona forever.
  • He showed that even though Australia was a small nation who couldn’t possible take the lead or even influence any action on climate change, we could be the world leader when it came to demanding an inquiry into China and the Coronavirus.
  • His government failed to deliver the promise surplus in the May budget, but they did at least not have a deficit because they announced that there was really no point to doing a budget when they had no idea what was going on.
  • He announced a big package for the Arts which we later discovered wouldn’t be delivered until they were back up and running and no longer needed money as desperately.
  • He handled the escalating trade problem with China by telling them that they were wrong about everything.
  • China has now stopped taking our coal as well as barley, wine and other imports.
  • It was discovered that very little money had been spent on bushfire relief.
  • Various ministers showed themselves to be corrupt, incompetent or both.
  • Robodebt was settled, but the government still insisted they’d done nothing wrong every through they paid out over a billion dollars.
  • His government delivered the largest deficit in our history and went deeper into debt than all the previous federal governments combined which people agreed was necessary because of the pandemic.
  • His government announced that they wouldn’t be worrying about budget repair until unemployment was back down to appropriate levels.
  • Some of his photoshoots are so obviously staged that it’s embarrassing, but in the most recent ones, the idea that standing by oneself in the country with your hands in your pockets seems to suggest that one is wanting to be a model for R.M Williams and not that one is a man of the people who belongs in the bush.
  • There’s so many more things to add to this list that I could keep going for an hour and someone is bound to write one I forget in the comments that I’m just going to say “and the rest”.

So, all things considered, Morrison has had a great year. In spite of doing things that would have had the media calling for rioting in the streets, he has been congratulated, praised and has a high approval rating in the polls. Yes, the fact that he’s made just about every mistake in the book and it’s only been the premiers and the National Cabinet that’s saved him from himself. he’s still PM.

Anybody who’s managed to demonstrate such incompetence, with so many mis-steps and such a lack of empathy and not only keep their job, but actually have the media talk about them having a great year, has certainly had a great year…

PM says free vaccines for all, omits the word compulsory

from Prime Minister’s office

Australians will be among the first in the world to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, if it proves successful, through an agreement between the Australian Government and UK-based drug company AstraZeneca.

Under the deal, every single Australian will be able to receive the University of Oxford COVID-19 vaccine for free, should trials prove successful, safe and effective.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the Oxford University trial was in a phase three stage and more work was needed to prove its viability.

Prime Minister Morrison is an advocate for a free Covid vaccine, which nearly every responsiible epidemiologist says won’t work because the coronavirus which is present in every human, has not been isolated. Morrison has stepped back from his “compulsory” comment but will ensure ‘no jab-no pay’

“The Oxford vaccine is one of the most advanced and promising in the world, and under this deal we have secured early access for every Australian,” the Prime Minister said.

“If this vaccine proves successful we will manufacture and supply vaccines straight away under our own steam and make it free for 25 million Australians.

“However, there is no guarantee that this, or any other, vaccine will be successful, which is why we are continuing our discussions with many parties around the world while backing our own researchers at the same time to find a vaccine.

“We are taking advice from Australia’s best medical and scientific expertise to ensure that the Government’s work to select, produce and purchase COVID-19 vaccines and treatments is based on the best available knowledge.”

The Prime Minister also remains committed to ensuring early access to the vaccine for countries in our Pacific family, as well as regional partners in Southeast Asia.

The Government has also released Australia’s COVID-19 Vaccine and Treatment Strategy, guided by a group of medical and industry experts.

The Strategy sets out Australia’s approach to acquire doses of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines based on:

1. Research and development

2. Purchase and manufacturing

3. International partnerships

4. Regulation and safety Immunisation administration and monitoring

The first announcements under the strategy are the signing of a Letter of Intent with AstraZeneca to supply the University of Oxford’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate to Australia and a consumables contract with Becton Dickinson for the supply of needles and syringes.

The Letter of Intent covers vaccine development, production and distribution. It commits to production of the vaccine in Australia, subject to safety and effectiveness.

A final formal agreement will include distribution, timing and price of the vaccine.

Becton Dickinson has been contracted to supply vital consumables, such as needles and syringes, to ensure that we can deliver vaccine doses as soon as we have them.

Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, said “From early on Australian officials led by my department has been meeting with developers and manufacturers of a number of promising vaccine candidates, both domestic and international, over recent months.

“We are confident these actions and targeted investments will put us in the best possible position to secure early access to safe and effective vaccines for Australia.”

The country’s most experienced scientists, biotech and pharmaceutical experts have been brought together to provide advice on acquiring a portfolio of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccinations.

The COVID-19 Vaccines and Treatments for Australia – Science and Industry Technical Advisory Group met for the first time earlier this week.

The advisory group is led by Professor Brendan Murphy, Secretary of the Department of Health, who has a leading role in managing the Government’s pandemic response.

The group will also provide advice on implementing Australia’s COVID-19 Vaccine and Treatment Strategy that drives the Government’s work with the states and territories, research organisations, industry, regulators and other countries.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said Australia’s manufacturing capability is a huge asset in the push to deliver a COVID vaccine.

“The Australian pharmaceutical industry and its ability to produce vaccines is already among the best in the world and that puts us in a strong position to be able to roll out a COVID vaccine as quickly as possible,” Minister Andrews said.

“Through a coordinated approach and strategic investments we can also improve our knowledge and strengthen our manufacturing capability to respond in the future.”

Australia is contributing significantly to vaccine development work both in Australia and around the world, investing $333 million in vaccines, therapeutics and COVID medicines – including $256 million in vaccines.

This includes $5 million for the University of Queensland’s innovative “molecular clamp” COVID-19 vaccine. This Australian vaccine has commenced trials here in Australia.

The University of Queensland has partnered with CSL to manufacture its vaccine here in Australia. CSL has made a commitment that its dose allocation of the University of Queensland vaccine will be used, at a minimum, to support its long-standing public health commitment to the Australian community

WHO tested papaya and goat samples for Covid; results came back to Tanzania as positive

Dr WHO should stay in his telephone box. Can someone ask PM Morrison to turn off the ABC

from Zerohedge

As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases explodes across Africa, the creeping involvement of the WHO has made some leaders suspicious of the NGO. Tanzanian President John Magufuli was growing suspicious of the organization, so he reportedly decided to investigate whether the organization was as trustworthy and reliable as it claimed to be.

He played what the local press described as “a trick” on the organization: He sent the WHO samples of a goat, a papaya and a quail for testing.

Tanzania President  John Magufuli sent papaya, goat and quail samples to WHO for Covid19 testing and they cams back positive. Who wants Dr WHO doing their test?

All three samples reportedly tested positive. When the president heard the news, he reportedly confronted the WHO, then kicked the organization out of the country. Though, to be sure, the WHO has yet to comment on the situation.

That would suggest one of two conclusions: either the strain of SARS-CoV-2 running amok in Tanzania is much, much more infectious than scientists understand, or the WHO has been reporting incorrect results either on purpose (as an attempt to bolster its credibility in the face of President Trump’s attacks) or via error (yet another indication that the WHO truly is “badly brokem” – as  Vox described it back in 2015).

Most rational people would probably accept the latter scenario as the most accurate one.

Magufuli has garnered plenty of controversy himself over the past few weeks. He recently requested stockpiles of an ‘herbal tea’ that has been falsely branded as a COVID-19 cure, and has launched investigations impacting domestic labs and even frontline medical workers as he’s claimed the number of positive tests in his country is too high. The reality is that Tanzania doesn’t have much of a outbreak: It has recorded only 503 cases and 21 deaths. Though its mortality rate of 4% would suggest that the true number of cases likely numbers in the thousands.

Following the results, Magufuli fired the head of Tanzania’s national lab, sparking a political firestorm. Of course, though Magufuli has been criticized for trying to play down the impact of the virus, the government has so far refused to answer questions about where its test kits were manufactured, as Al Jazeera points out. On Thursday, the head of the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention rejected claims of faulty tests by Tanzania’s president.

The unreliability of COVID-19 tests manufactured in China has been a major problem for the US, and for Europe, as countries and states have been forced to discard PPE purchased in China – often after purchasing it at inflated prices – because only one-third of the masks actually work, and many of the tests have been found to produce positive and negative results more or less at random.

But we’d love to hear Bill Gates regale us with “data-based arguments” about why the WHO is indispensable to the international effort to combat the coronavirus.

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