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‘Overwhelming’ need for royal commission into Covid pandemic response in Australia, Senate committee finds

Committee says full-blown inquiry with investigative powers should take a particularly close look at lockdown, quarantine and vaccine policies

The Senate committee that has been examining Australia’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic has recommended the establishment of a royal commission, arguing the case for a full-blown inquiry with investigative powers is “overwhelming”.

In a report tabled out of parliamentary session on Friday, the Senate’s legal and constitutional affairs committee said a royal commission should be created to examine the key elements of the pandemic’s emergency phase.

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