We Need Proper Parliamentary Scrutiny of COVID-19 Decisions

In the middle of this unprecedented health and economic crisis, it is critical we do not let a crisis in our democracy emerge as well.

When Federal Parliament is recalled next Wednesday, we urge for the establishment of a multi-party select committee to enable scrutiny of the various Government programs dealing with the COVID-19 crisis.

Such a body has already been established in New Zealand to help fill the accountability gap. Known as the Epidemic Response Committee, it is an all-party special select committee with similarly broad powers as those of a Privileges Committee regarding calling witnesses and the provision of documents. The select committee was set up by consensus with all parties represented, and hearings are publicly broadcast.

Like Australia, New Zealand has shut down its Parliament due to COVID-19. However, NZ has found a non-partisan alternative to maintain accountability.

This is our chance: the Government has announced that Parliament will sit again next Wednesday, potentially for just one day. This is our opportunity to put in place proper parliamentary scrutiny.

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To the Australian Parliament --

When Federal Parliament is recalled, we urge you to immediately establish a New-Zealand style multi-partisan select committee to enable the proper accountability and scrutiny of the Government decisions and programs in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis.

Who's signing

Wilbur Whitta
Christine and Tony Farrell
Lisa Tarasenko
Ali Shambrook
Kellie Rivett
David Henderson
Luke Archibald
Lulamay Craufurd
Clare Allender
Claire Hall
Shane Cameron
Hilary Stewart
Michael Walsh
Lauris Newbury
Ainsley Paton
Luca Mascaro
Kerryn Woo
Katherine Helps
lakin anderson
Sierra Anderson
Steven Harris
Pat Sugden
Carly gibbs
Natalie McLeod
Tim Nicholas
Belinda Boshari
Spencer McAllon
James Billings
vivienne Jaspers
Kyeesha Stack
17,905 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Wilbur Whitta
    signed 2020-08-20 13:02:12 +1000
  • Christine and Tony Farrell
    signed 2020-08-11 17:10:01 +1000
  • Lisa Tarasenko
    signed 2020-08-10 17:09:40 +1000
  • Ali Shambrook
    signed 2020-08-06 17:47:45 +1000
  • Kellie Rivett
    signed 2020-08-02 23:50:36 +1000
  • David Henderson
    signed 2020-07-30 03:54:05 +1000
  • Luke Archibald
    signed 2020-07-29 22:41:10 +1000
  • Lulamay Craufurd
    signed 2020-07-29 10:03:39 +1000
  • Clare Allender
    signed 2020-07-29 08:11:24 +1000
  • Claire Hall
    signed 2020-07-25 17:19:02 +1000
    I’d at least like to see the evidence behind the decisions they pose to make
  • Shane Cameron
    signed 2020-07-15 13:04:42 +1000
  • Michael Walsh
    signed 2020-06-17 18:11:08 +1000
  • Lauris Newbury
    signed 2020-06-04 09:55:07 +1000
    Accountability of all health decisions critical.
  • Ainsley Paton
    signed 2020-05-27 20:31:20 +1000
  • Luca Mascaro
    signed 2020-05-27 19:59:11 +1000
  • Kerryn Woo
    signed 2020-05-26 07:12:21 +1000
  • Katherine Helps
    signed 2020-05-25 20:44:00 +1000
    I am deeply concerned with the pro-gas agenda and lack of integrity of the Prime Minister’s hand-picked National Covid-19 Coordination Commission (the Commission).


    Seven of the Commission members have strong links to the fossil fuel industry, and yet there is no publicly available conflict of interest register, no published diary to see who the Commission are meeting with, and no opportunities for the community to have a say.


    This is unacceptable and a thinly veiled approach to push an agenda that is not in the best interests of all Australians.
  • Sierra Anderson
    signed 2020-05-25 15:54:41 +1000
  • Steven Harris
    signed 2020-05-25 15:21:42 +1000
  • Pat Sugden
    signed 2020-05-25 08:45:56 +1000
  • Carly gibbs
    signed 2020-05-25 07:00:20 +1000
  • Natalie McLeod
    signed 2020-05-24 22:19:43 +1000
  • Tim Nicholas
    signed 2020-05-24 21:48:44 +1000
  • Belinda Boshari
    signed 2020-05-24 19:30:32 +1000
  • Spencer McAllon
    signed 2020-05-24 19:28:41 +1000
  • vivienne Jaspers
    signed 2020-05-24 16:48:56 +1000
  • Kyeesha Stack
    signed 2020-05-24 15:45:18 +1000