Labor welcomes Independent Review into North West COVID-19 outbreak

Tasmanian Labor
  • Terms of Reference allows for welcome discussion
  • Labor continues to call for a Royal Commission
  • Independent, transparent, consultative inquiry needed
  • Labor welcomes the government’s release of the draft Terms of Reference for the Independent Review into the North West COVID-19 outbreak.

    Labor Member for Braddon, Shane Broad, said people in the states north west will be relieved that the Terms of Reference for the Independent Review is now available for them to view.

    “The North West has been hardest hit by COVID-19 and businesses and the community are doing it really tough,” Dr Broad said.

    “5000 people were quarantined, major hospitals shut, the military were bought in to run our hospitals, our business were locked down for an extended period and beloved members of our local community have died.

    “The release of the Term of Reference now allows for discussion to now be had around Tasmania’s pandemic preparedness, how the virus entered into Tasmania, the government’s response, and other measures that contributed to the outbreak.

    “It is vital that we learn from devastation of COVID-19 and prevent anything like this from occurring again.”

    Labor Member for Braddon, Anita Dow, said a Royal Commission is necessary to ensure Tasmania’s community and health care workforce are supported and protected into the future.

    “A Royal Commission is the only way we can truly get a picture of the massive health, social and economic impacts the community has felt as a consequence of the COVID-19 outbreak in the NW,” Ms Dow said.

    “The Government must commit to a Royal Commission into the COVID-19 outbreak in Tasmania. The families of loved ones lost to this crisis deserve nothing less.”

    Anita Dow MP

    Labor Member for Braddon

    Shane Broad MP

    Labor Member for Braddon

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