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By Murray Hunter
It’s time for public policy and administrative bodies around the world to reflect and learn from what was done, and not done during the Covid-19 pandemic during 2020-2022. Emerging studies and research into policies pursued during the pandemic have created many questions about how the pandemic was handled by authorities around the world.
If government and society learnt nothing from how policy was formulated and implemented, we will be doomed for a repeat of what happened. Assessing the consequences of public policy and implementation are required, in order to improve the standards of public policy and administration for the future. Failure to do so would be lapsing in responsibility to the citizenry respective public administrations serve.
Government policy and administration processes must rely on feedback for government agencies and health authorities to improve from mistakes made.
Below is a list of issues that require review before another pandemic arises sometime in the future.
We see that nothing has been learnt about the last three years. Today there is a pandemic of completely unknown nature, that being, excess deaths across the world, taking more lives than Covid did. Governments that were only so eager to impose lockdowns and mandates for Covid-19, should be urgently examining why so many are losing their lives in this dramatic rise in national excess death rates.
There must urgently be independent and/or Royal Commissions on what went right and what went wrong during the Covid-19 pandemic. These inquiries must have wide terms of reference, and be held in public.
Anything less than a full inquiry would be the biggest failure of the pandemic.
Murray Hunter’s Substack can be accessed here.
Murray Hunter has been involved in Asia-Pacific business for the last 30 years as an entrepreneur, consultant, academic, and researcher. As an entrepreneur he was involved in numerous start-ups, developing a lot of patented technology, where one of his enterprises was listed in 1992 as the 5th fastest going company on the BRW/Price Waterhouse Fast100 list in Australia. Murray is now an associate professor at the University Malaysia Perlis, spending a lot of time consulting to Asian governments on community development and village biotechnology, both at the strategic level and “on the ground”. He is also a visiting professor at a number of universities and regular speaker at conferences and workshops in the region. Murray is the author of a number of books, numerous research and conceptual papers in referred journals, and commentator on the issues of entrepreneurship, development, and politics in a number of magazines and online news sites around the world. Murray takes a trans-disciplinary view of issues and events, trying to relate this to the enrichment and empowerment of people in the region.
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