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Question Without Notice No. 471 asked in the Legislative Council on 19 May 2020 by Hon Robin Scott

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

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CORONAVIRUS — ORIGINS INQUIRY

471. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the Leader of the House representing the Premier:

Following calls for an inquiry into the origin of the coronavirus, the Chinese government has attempted to threaten and coerce the Australian people, with a Chinese state media editor describing Australia as ''gum stuck to the bottom of China's shoe''. Does the McGowan government support an independent inquiry into the origins of COVID-19 in China?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

The state government is currently focused on steering Western Australia through this health crisis. We will continue to work with our major trading partners, including Japan, Korea —

Hon Robin Scott: Answer the question!

The PRESIDENT: Excuse me, member. The Leader of the House is answering the question that you asked.

Hon SUE ELLERY: I am, but I will start again in case the honourable member missed it.

The state government is currently focused on steering Western Australia through this health crisis. We will continue to work with our major trading partners, including Japan, Korea and China, to ensure that when we emerge from this crisis, Western Australia will be as economically well positioned as possible. Understanding the origins and transmission patterns of COVID-19 is important to try to prevent it from occurring again.