Royal Commission

Call for a COVID-19 Royal Commission

A Senate inquiry is considering whether Australia should hold a Royal Commission into the nation’s Covid response, and if so, what it should look into. Have your say on this critical need by 12 January.

The Commonwealth Government is currently holding an inquiry into the appropriate terms of reference for a Royal Commission into Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, the case needs to be made as to why Australia should hold a Royal Commission into the nation’s COVID-19 response in the first place.

This is very different to the independent inquiry into Australia’s federal response to the pandemic that Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced on 21 September 2023.

The independent inquiry is rather disappointing, to put it mildly. But it was important for people who felt strongly about this issue to put in a submission, regardless. If there is no Royal Commission, then that inquiry will be the only opportunity we have. To all those who wrote into the independent inquiry in December, we say a massive thank you!

A Royal Commission into our Covid response is needed and necessary. Watch as Senator Babet, along with Senators Hanson, Lambie, Rennick, Canavan and Antic, call for a Royal Commission below.

Interestingly, three of the senators promoting a Royal Commission into COVID-19 in the above video are men of great courage and principles. These three men (Senators Babet, Canavan and Antic) are also fighting for the rights of babies born alive after an abortion.

Why a Royal Commission is Necessary

Sadly, the current independent inquiry is refusing to look at the state and territory response. This is mind-boggling since it’s the state and territory governments that are responsible for health and who used the Emergency Powers Act to implement lockdowns, vaccine and mask mandates, close borders and detain people in quarantine facilities.

Simply put, the current independent inquiry will deliberately ignore the vast majority of Australia’s response to COVID-19! Recently the Hon Kevin Andrews (former federal MP) wrote in the Daily Declaration,

“The inquiry lacks the powers of a Royal Commission. It is therefore a ‘toothless tiger’ when extracting the required information to arrive at a full picture of the decision-making that took place about a range of issues.”

A Royal Commission is far more powerful than an inquiry. A Royal Commission can compel witnesses (such as state premiers, police commissioners and chief health officers) to give evidence.

Canberra Declaration advocates for faith, family, life and freedom. In this instance, our strong and principled stance on freedom meant we took a strong principled stance against vaccine mandates and vaccine passports.

If you have a different opinion, that is okay! Suffice it to say, our board and our team feel convinced of the need for a proper inquiry into this more than ever. It is also interesting to note that the new government in New Zealand is conducting a Royal Commission into COVID-19.

Crucially, each person has the right, liberty and responsibility to determine their healthcare in consultation with their medical practitioners. We are deeply saddened that the sacred doctor-patient relationship and our fundamental freedoms were severely damaged during the past four years. The Nuremberg Code for ethical medical and government policy was broken and cast aside.

Have Your Say!

The Senate inquiry committee is now accepting submissions from the public on whether we should have a Royal Commission.

Writing a submission is important. If many people write in, it sends a strong message that the Australian public demands a proper investigation into our Covid response. In the same Daily Declaration article, Kevin Andrews quoted Peter Dutton approvingly as follows:

“If we don’t learn the lessons of what happened during the course of Covid, good and bad, by every level of government, how do we expect to go into the next pandemic not understanding what had happened in the previous one? It doesn’t make any sense.”

If you feel a Royal Commission is important, we ask that you write a submission. It doesn’t need to be long. The number of submissions is far more important than the length of a submission. The most important thing is that you give suggestions for what should be covered (the ‘terms of reference’) and the reasons why a Royal Commission is important. Keep things simple and concise.

When you click the green button, you will be taken to the Australian Government website where you can upload your submission. (You can also email your submission to: Submissions close on Friday 12 January.


Yours for faith, family, life and freedom,

Samuel Hartwich & Warwick Marsh


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  1. Jenny Jamieson 6 January 2024 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    I could not support this push for a Royal Commission.
    Covid 19 was a completely new experience for every person alive at the time. The Government/s of the day did what they thought was best at the time, as would the current equivalent people now have done IF they had been at the helm then..
    Yes, with so called 20/20 vision of hindsight, we may find something that could have been done differently, but the only reason for holding a Royal Commission now isn’t to learn from it but to lay blame so that SOMEONE makes money out of it
    What a farce!

  2. Stephen Lewin 7 January 2024 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this article ..absolutely support a royal commission with teams of reference to include investigation into excess deaths that have happened Australia wide in past couple of years . Also to include other important matters that have adversely affected people of our nation …these matters are numerous and still relevant e.g. vaccine mandates

  3. Countess Antonia Maria Violetta Scrivanich 9 January 2024 at 3:53 am - Reply

    I support the push for a Royal Commission. Most important before we and our children become medical victims like the Jews in WW2 and lose our freedoms. The Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal ( supported by President Truman ) found Dr Karl Brandt and 6 others guilty of Crimes against Humanity and were hung. Today’s public seems to have forgotten this important lesson of history because European history is deliberately no longer taught in schools and universities, resulting in Australians now ignorant fools . I support the death penalty for such crimes and compulsory study of Western Culture and Nazi and Communist history in particular .

  4. Countess Antonia Maria Violetta Scrivanich 9 January 2024 at 4:24 am - Reply

    At Adelaide Uni in the early 1960s I specialised in the study of totalitarianism, majoring in Nazism. Since then I have studied WW1, the Chinese and Russian Communist Revolutions , read extensively about WW2 and Communist spies , Peter Batty’s book “Hoodwinking Churchill ” and Count Tolstoy’s “The Minister and the Massacres “which is banned in the UK , and, Lord Bethel’s “The Last Secret “. Peter Batty was the producer of several segments of “The World At War “. I have travelled to Russia, loved the people who, unfortunately, have no freedom of speech or the right to choose their govt. There are lessons for us. We need a Royal Commission into our Govt Response to the COVID pandemic so we do not make the same mistakes again !

  5. Kim Beazley 9 January 2024 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    The comments here, coming from Christians, are both bizarre and frightening. What do these people want from a Royal Commission? Retribution and revenge? Or to find better ways to deal with a global health crisis?

    Shame on those here who are seeking a form of “Nuremberg 2.0”, where the only question is the apportioning of judgement and punishment because guilt is already a given!

    God have mercy on us all if that’s all we get!

  6. Stephen Lewin 3 February 2024 at 10:49 am - Reply

    Yes Lord have mercy ….but also truth must be told …with respect …with forgiveness..with restitution…with correction….the effects of the many decisions need proper evaluation … bible talks about correcting the oppressor and relieving the oppressed.

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