Hundreds of Public Submissions to Covid Inquiry Censored by Australian Senate Committee

31 May 2024

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Among the 477 censored submissions was the Canberra Declaration’s lengthy report, which included whistleblower testimonies from Indigenous Australians who reported severe human rights abuses during the national COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

Almost 500 submissions to a key Senate inquiry into COVID-19 abuses have been censored by the committee overseeing the probe.

Opened in October last year, the COVID-19 Royal Commission Terms of Reference Inquiry had promised to “allow all affected stakeholders to be heard”.

However, months after the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee produced its report, 477 of the 559 submissions made by members of the public have not been made available on the committee’s official website.

The trove of hidden submissions represents 85 per cent of the volume received by the committee.

Over 30 per cent of the submissions have been concealed entirely, with even the name of the submitting organisation or individual labelled “confidential”.

The Parliament of Australia website contains no evidence that those 173 submissions were ever made.

Only 82 of the submissions—or less than 15 per cent presented to the committee—are visible to the Australian public.

Among the blacklisted submissions is the Canberra Declaration’s 40-page report, which included whistleblower testimonies from Indigenous Australians (below) who reported severe human rights abuses in remote communities during the national COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

Submission Decrying Censorship Censored

Canberra Declaration co-founder Warwick Marsh has labelled the suppression of the documents “unprecedented”.

“I have been making submissions to parliamentary inquiries for over two decades, and in my experience, this censorship is unprecedented,” he told The Daily Declaration.

“It is an affront to all Australians that a committee tasked with probing the government abuses that took place during the Covid era would censor organisations like ours seeking to draw attention to those abuses.”

“Ironically, one of the abuses we decried was censorship itself,” Mr Marsh added. “What was in our submission that the committee wanted hidden from the public?”

The committee’s report, published in April, made no reference to the Canberra Declaration’s 17,500-word submission.

In email correspondence, Senior Research Officer Mervyn Piesse told The Daily Declaration that “the committee decided to accept the submission from  [the] Canberra Declaration confidentially” and “accept but not publish it”.

However, the Canberra Declaration has confirmed that they specifically requested the committee to make their submission available to the public.

The Daily Declaration has also reached out to Senator Paul Scarr, who chaired the inquiry and is seeking further information about the committee’s suppression of public submissions.

Transparency Declining in Canberra: Report

Australia has formally committed to promoting transparency and accountability in governance through a raft of international treaties, including the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and the Open Government Partnership.

However, according to a report published last year by the Centre for Public Integrity, the Australian government is currently accelerating in the opposite direction.

“One of the most powerful tools for accessing government information is the Senate’s ability to order the production of documents,” begins the report, titled ‘Shrouded in Secrecy’.

However, “Senate production compliance rates have fallen from 92 per cent in 1993-96, to 20 per cent for the current Parliament,” its authors warn.

“The use of potentially bogus unilateral ‘public interest immunity’ claims to protect government documents from production in the Senate has rapidly increased under the current Albanese Government — averaging almost one claim per week compared to one every three weeks under the Morrison Government.”

A representative from the committee overseeing the COVID-19 Royal Commission Terms of Reference Inquiry has said they are “not authorised” to explain why hundreds of submissions into the inquiry were censored.

The Daily Declaration is awaiting answers as to why the committee declined to publish the Canberra Declaration’s submission with names and other sensitive details redacted, if such sensitivities were the pretext for the document’s suppression.

“Should they want to redact some of the witnesses’ details, that is okay,” Warwick Marsh told The Daily Declaration.

However, he also noted that the two Indigenous Australians whose whistleblower testimonies appeared in the Canberra Declaration’s submission were also co-signatories on that submission, and willing for their details to be made public.

‘Everyone Was Scared Into Getting the Needle’

Among the Indigenous whistleblower testimonies published in the Canberra Declaration’s submission was that of Professor Wanta Jampijinpa Pawu-Kurlpurlurnu an elder from the Northern Territory community of Lajamanu and an Honorary Professor in Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne. His first-hand account is published below in full.

When Covid came, police came and they knew how to scare the Warlpiri people. Many doctors came. They knew that if they could get my father, the senior elder, to get the needle, then everyone else would get the needle too.

And that is what happened; it worked. Some younger people were scaring the living daylights out of people saying that if you did not get the needle, then you would not be allowed to go out, buy food or eat. Emergency rations were given out to make the whole thing seem like a serious emergency.

A well-known doctor put in place strategies, along with the police, to scare the people. The roads were blocked. Those of us who wanted to go to our outstation to get away from the danger were threatened with a $10,000 fine. The place was like it was invaded by an army made up of doctors and police.

People were lined up like a prisoner-of-war camp. If you were found to be Covid-19 positive, then you were taken away from the community and put in a quarantine camp in Howard Springs (over 800 kilometres away) near Darwin for two weeks. A relative of mine had no symptoms. His test came up positive. He was taken to the prison camp for two weeks. During the two weeks he did not develop any symptoms.

I asked the people in charge about how we knew that the community had Covid-19. I was told that it was in the sewerage water. Later, I made inquiries, and the people who looked after the sewerage treatment plant said that no one got samples of the sewerage water. It was all lies that they told us.

Since the roll-out of the Covid-19 injections, cruel lies based on lies have consequences that are now coming out in the open. Everyone was scared into getting the needle, and now people from lots of communities are suffering heart disease, miscarriage, stroke and cancer. Some of the men who were close to me are now dead.

I feel that they were not ready to go. The community needs them. Once you get the Covid-19 injection, you have to live with the consequences of the jab. One of my best mates and my brother passed away after getting the jab. Some of these who have died, died young. My young uncle is dying. My grandson’s grandmother is dying. We expect more of them to die later on.

The whole thing was on purpose and was a deception. The community was frightened by evil ways that were disguised as a health thing. The government deceived us, using the medical profession and the police. These evil people need to be stopped. They frightened the community into something so much so that we feel there is no hope for us now. Our only hope is the Christian gospel. The Covid-19 government response and injection roll-out was very cruel to our young people.

They must never be allowed to do this again.

‘Before the Injections, They Were Fit and Healthy’

Gloria Watkins is another Indigenous Australian whose testimony appeared in the Canberra Declaration’s submission. She wrote:

My name is Gloria Watkins. I am a Noongar woman from the south of Western Australia.

During the injection rollout, I endured many difficulties in my family life. My husband Martin had to have the jab due to his work obligations. If he didn’t get it, we would have lost our home. I was opposed to the injection and the mandates, and I began resenting my husband for going along with it. It was a conflict that nearly destroyed our marriage.

My son Martin (Jnr) had to have three injections due to working FIFO. He didn’t want to, but he had no choice because he might have lost his home also. Since having the injections, he has suffered mental illness and still today is suffering. He has since lost his job and is finding it hard to find other work. In the end, he might lose his home anyway.

My mother, cousins and uncle all took three injections, and since that time they have each had strokes and been in and out of hospital. My cousins have had numerous strokes and heart attacks as a result of the jabs. One of my cousins is still in hospital and we are not sure when he will be out. They are all now paralysed and have speech problems. Before the injections, they all were perfectly fit and healthy.

I also know of other Aboriginal people who have had strokes and/or heart attacks and have died. Our governments have a lot to answer to, and I pray something is done about this.

Speaking on behalf of the Canberra Declaration, Warwick Marsh expressed thanks to Senator Paul Scarr for the committee’s final report, whose recommendations and terms of reference he labeled “robust”.

However, Mr Marsh told The Daily Declaration that “it is important we get to the bottom of this”.

“What is really sad is that they are censoring Indigenous voices in this matter,” he lamented.

“So much for the Voice.”

Read the Canberra Declaration’s full 17,500-word submission here.

CLARIFICATION: The inquiry in view above is the COVID-19 Royal Commission Terms of Reference Inquiry, not to be confused with the similarly-named COVID-19 Response Inquiry.


Image courtesy of The Canberra Times.

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  1. Warwick Marsh 31 May 2024 at 11:48 am - Reply

    Extremely sad situation. Kurt – this is a killer article if i do say so myself.

  2. Ian Moncrieff 31 May 2024 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    Thank you Kurt for exposing the Left agenda of trying to and wriggle out of the death and misery they caused by unjust mandates. They must be forced to take responsibility for their intolerance, lack of skill and ability to manage a situation that required wisdom, not compliance to One World Government agendas.

    • Marc 1 June 2024 at 8:25 pm - Reply

      Liberals just as bad as Labor, Scomo never attempted to push back against this crap.

  3. Mark M 31 May 2024 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    maybe ypu can publish all the documents in full here? or some politicians might?

    • Gail Petherick 6 June 2024 at 7:08 pm - Reply

      That’s a great idea!…if its allowed and practical… or just a link to some main extra submissions

  4. Leonie Robson 1 June 2024 at 9:25 am - Reply

    Great article Kurt.
    Keeping things hidden is a weapon they use to great effect.

  5. John Ziraj 1 June 2024 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    Such a great article & thank you for keeping us in the loop (& speaking the truth) in the absence of a robust enquiry by a sinister governmental cover-up.
    Truth of the matter is that “they” knew & know the truth but are dressing it up with fancy dress lies much like the covid jabs that were a huge deception (supposed covid cases skyrocketting by a flawed & iniquitous pcr testing fabrication as well as the erroneous msm fear campaign) enforced by emergency powers, suppressing & attempting to drown out the truth.
    But the truth will keep on popping up (much like a life buoy in a tempestuous sea) & will eventually drown the lies & with all it’s deception (for the sake of those that have already died, those still suffering today & for the sake of those that are witnessing the suffering & torture of their loved ones)!

  6. Stephen Lewin 1 June 2024 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    Thanks Kurt for keeping us informed , certainly the indigenous component of the Canberra Declaration submission was very telling ,and very integral part of submission that needs the Public to be aware of.

  7. Countess Antonia Maria Violetta Scrivanich 2 June 2024 at 2:51 am - Reply

    Thanks to vaccines nos. 4 +5 I lost a year and a half of my life as an invalid who could barely stand, etc. I am still ill and incurring costs for long-term treatment . Before that I was feeling better than I had since I was 20. In my late 70s I was not on any medication and could run and do high kicks–not any more! Within one week of the vaccine, I got a strange rash, etc. I am so sorry for our indigenous brothers and sisters. Thanks for letting us know how they have decided to impose SECRECY on nearly all submissions. Australia is now ruled by Evil Monsters who have no respect for our God-given Rights over our own bodies ! Just like the Nazis under Hitler and Soviet Russia under Stalin !

  8. Gail Petherick 5 June 2024 at 11:30 am - Reply

    Thank you for this incredibly sad news Kurt. It confirms what many feared was happening- that our Canberra Federal Govt is pretending to seek justice and be impartial but is also seeking to cover up, hide the fact and protect the Federal and state Govt decisions during COVID.
    It is tragic that so many have written in submissions and have been denied a hearing.
    May God keep exposing the truth and may he shine His light on our justice system so it lines up with truth. Many have been harmed and injured, physically and psychologically during COVID and we need to hear the truth so it doesn’t happen again.
    Those injured or who lost loved ones also deserve to be heard as their blood cries out for justice and loved ones try to speak up.
    We need to keep praying through for truth outshine the darkness which lingers over the Federal and state Governments and have an impartial Royal Commission.

  9. Gail Petherick 5 June 2024 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    Thank you also for interviewing Professor Wanta Jampijinpa Pawu-Kurlpurlurnu from Lajamanu. This is a community I used to visit as a Distance Ed teacher 2003-2013. I counted it a great privilege to know the wonderful leader there and the committed teaching staff. The community worked together in so many ways to honor each other, the land and to live in a way that would be in harmonious. Many believed in God too. I am grieved to hear so many were injured, or suffered heart and other issues from the COVID vaccine and some died.
    The accounts by Glora Watkins and her evidence presented on behalf of the WA families demonstrates more tragic results and must be heard as well.
    Ironically, it remains ‘criminal’ to hear that almost 500 submissions were either withheld or censored by the ones who were to find out what really happened during the COVID vaccination time. Countries like the UK at least did allow the public to speak up and they were heard.
    May God show the way through this injustice so the truth is examined and heard by many within Australia and beyond. In the end the Senate committee will have to give an account for any attempt to hide the truth. May God help us pray through and show what can be done so the ‘hidden’ submissions are one day released and read across the land.

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