Who needs WHO? Not taxpayers

Release: Who needs the WHO? Not taxpayers.

The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance, the nation’s largest grassroots advocacy group representing taxpayers, today demanded the Australian government de-fund the World Health Organisation.

“Despite the hundreds of millions taxpayers have spent on the WHO, they failed to issue proper warnings about COVID-19 instead pandering to the Chinese byline,” said ATA Policy Director, Emile Dye. “The WHO has not done the job it was hired to do, and so the Australian government should make them redundant.”

“Because the WHO sided with the Chinese and downplayed the significance of COVID-19, governments around the world failed to put in necessary measures to protect the public. When every day mattered, the WHO cost the world weeks that could have been spent preparing for and mitigating the rapid spread of the virus

“While WHO can and does produce good research, their findings are often politically motivated. Australian taxpayers’ should not be forced to fund an organisation that peddles nanny state policies to our lawmakers despite contrary evidence.

“De-funding WHO is not an attack on health research. Such a change would give objective private organisations a chance to conduct unbiased studies without competition from the overfed mammoth that is the WHO.

“When individuals hit hard economic times they start cutting non-essentials, the government should do the same. The WHO receives well over $50 million a year from the Australian people. Right now we need to keep every Australian dollar in Australia.”

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