This privately funded review has condemned Australia’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, arguing that government health measures and policies lacked transparency and further entrenched existing inequalities.
The review has found that governments were making decisions in a “fog of uncertainty”
Many of Australia’s border closures and lockdowns were the result of policy failures in quarantine and contact tracing, the review also found
The Federal Government was useless, the bulk of the pandemic being managed by the state governments
It found disadvantaged or vulnerable groups — such as low socio-economic families, people with disabilities, aged care residents, migrant communities, women and children — were disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 policies.
The review was funded by three philanthropic organisations: Andrew Forrest’s Minderoo Foundation, the Paul Ramsay Foundation and the John and Miriam Wylie Foundation.