There 'must' be a royal commission into Victoria's handling of the coronavirus | Sky News Australia

Sky News host @RitaPanahi says when Victoria is through this catastrophe, there must be a royal commission into the state’s mishandling of the coronavirus crisis.

2/08/2020 3:33:00 AM

Sky News host RitaPanahi says when Victoria is through this catastrophe, there must be a royal commission into the state’s mishandling of the coronavirus crisis.

Sky News host Rita Panahi says when Victoria is through this catastrophe, there must be a royal commission into the state’s mishandling of the coronavirus crisis.\n\n“From the hotel quarantine fiasco to contact tracing failures to the lives destroyed by lockdown,” Ms Panahi said.\n\nThis comes as Premier Daniel Andrews is set to announce hard lockdowns for the state, where only essential services will be allowed to open.\n\n“If those restrictions are imposed expect to see many more lives and livelihoods destroyed,' she said.\n\n“And expect to see another surge in Victorians battling mental health issues as joblessness and financial pressures combine with isolation and loneliness.\n\n“From the very start of this pandemic, Victoria had the harshest lockdown in Australia, was the slowest in lifting restrictions, and then was the only state to impose a second lockdown after gross mishandling of the hotel quarantine program allowed the virus to spread during the first lockdown.\n\n“Victoria has now recorded more coronavirus cases and deaths than every other state and territory combined. \n\n“It's pretty damn clear that lockdowns are not a substitute for competent governance. \n\n“As Victorians brace for more crippling restrictions, the rest of the country is slowly returning to normal with businesses open, kids at schools, restaurants and bars full, sporting clubs back training and families enjoying get togethers.\n\n“Incompetence has consequences.”\n

02/08/2020|4minSky News host Rita Panahi says when Victoria is through this catastrophe, there must be a royal commission into the state’s mishandling of the coronavirus crisis. “From the hotel quarantine fiasco to contact tracing failures to the lives destroyed by lockdown,” Ms Panahi said. This comes as Premier Daniel Andrews is set to announce hard lockdowns for the state, where only essential services will be allowed to open. “If those restrictions are imposed expect to see many more lives and livelihoods destroyed," she said. “And expect to see another surge in Victorians battling mental health issues as joblessness and financial pressures combine with isolation and loneliness. “From the very start of this pandemic, Victoria had the harshest lockdown in Australia, was the slowest in lifting restrictions, and then was the only state to impose a second lockdown after gross mishandling of the hotel quarantine program allowed the virus to spread during the first lockdown. “Victoria has now recorded more coronavirus cases and deaths than every other state and territory combined. “It's pretty damn clear that lockdowns are not a substitute for competent governance. “As Victorians brace for more crippling restrictions, the rest of the country is slowly returning to normal with businesses open, kids at schools, restaurants and bars full, sporting clubs back training and families enjoying get togethers. “Incompetence has consequences.”

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RitaPanahi Mishandling? How can this Gov be held to account for the actions of selfish Covidiots? The Gov has done a great job here in Victoria, we’re lucky they locked us down and didn’t just act like nothing had happened, they’ve kept us informed & pleaded with us to stay home stay safe! RitaPanahi There ‘must’ be a Royal Commission into who the hell Rita Panahi is, and who gives a shit about what she says.

RitaPanahi More propaganda from Sky News!! RitaPanahi Royal commission should be in any privately owned sectors. Billions of $ is payed to them for dodgy services. Billions waisted on refugees serv. priv. nursing homes, unemployment,education, buildings, child care, security, maintenance, health and so on. Everybody is scamming gov.

RitaPanahi When Victoria is through the pandemic there must be a royal commission into the divisive and heavily biased political propaganda and b/S served up by Sky and its gang of misfits MatthewGuyMP RitaPanahi By then the overwhelming evidence of HCQ will be impossible to hide (which it already is if you look) and he can explain the ban, imposed and extended!

RitaPanahi What's the.point of a Royal Commission when the government in power (Dan & cohorts) ignores or deliberately disregards any recommendations they make - like he did over the years re bushfire fuel load reduction recommendations gagorocks RitaPanahi Don’t you mean, there must be a Royal Commission into Nursing homes. Understuffed and where’s the duty of care

RitaPanahi Yep and add an inquiry into the state of arrogant and ignorance of the society within it too, including reporters and the opposition RitaPanahi My thoughts exactly! RitaPanahi Let's save the cost of a RC and string Chairman Dan up from a lightpole, Mussolini style. That's one way to bring back accountability to Politics.

RitaPanahi Not the time to send money on useless inquiry that will prove nothing it action was approved Canberra Lbirdsville RitaPanahi DanielAndrewsMP will have a sweet position on some Chinese Conglomerate Org swanning around over there, getting fat on the pig by then. RitaPanahi No need for a royal commission Rita. The cause of this stink was and still is leading the union ( state of Vic) into the swamp

RitaPanahi But those responsible must be made to answer questions, not like the phone inquiry about to be held in VIC RitaPanahi RitaPanahi And Rita’s an expert in what again? RitaPanahi Rita who? RitaPanahi There needs to be a Royal Commission into the lies and BS out of you and your right-wing media cronies. Your crap and the conspiracy loonies you back are probably the main reason for what’s happened in Victoria.

RitaPanahi WhiteCoatSummit hydroxicloroquin anyone? RitaPanahi Rita the Feds are responsible for aged care have been for years RitaPanahi Ha ha Rita the Screecher - who’d be silly enough to take her seriously about anything? 🤣 RitaPanahi RitaPanahi With the bloke still allegedly Premier, made to spend a full day with each dead victim’s family doing whatever the heck they need doing — gardening, cleaning out the shed, etc. That’s 123 days and counting...

RitaPanahi Yeah because royal commissions protect the guilty. RitaPanahi Perhaps, given the magnitude and deep impacts of covid19, a Covid19RoyalCommission into the handling of COVID19au by all levels of government, government services, and non-government organizations, including the media and their coverage...? auspol

RitaPanahi No royal commission, to much money. Senate inquiry for $50 million less with same outcome.👍 DbBourke RitaPanahi Yes. Federal oversight so hunchbacks can't hide. RitaPanahi Does she realise Aged care is a Fed responsibility? Ooops. RitaPanahi Rita will fully back down as soon as she learns border control and aged care are both federal responsibilities. Oops!

RitaPanahi Does she not know who runs aged care in Australia? RitaPanahi More shite from scumbag panini MatthewGuyMP RitaPanahi Yes please!!! RitaPanahi Royal Commissions cost a packet and should rarely be used with dire fiscal straits ahead for the forseeable future. RitaPanahi A humanitarian crisis is not a free speech nor a political issue. Until it’s over. Then knock yourselves out. 🗣💥🔥🔪

RitaPanahi This is all planned well ahead of time, time to protest wake up 🐑 RitaPanahi I’m sure an inquiry is needed but surely a review of the negative influence of assorted Trump apologists, Murdoch sycophants & self serving naysayers is due as well. RitaPanahi That went well Rita and Sky😂😂😂 RitaPanahi The comments under here!! Trying to shift the blame to anyone but Dan Andrews!! 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️

RitaPanahi You wonder if RitaPanahi gets paid more than Andrew Bolt to be a parrot face on Sky by uncle Rupert. Freedom of speech is a right for all, but irresponsible talk with a microphone is unacceptable. purposely undermining all health warnings just like FoxNews auspol RitaPanahi Or a Royal Commission into the biased, fear mongering, distorted journalism from News Corp filtering down to the wannabe verified tweeters.

RitaPanahi Maybe we need to consider that these deluded Qanon/ Red cap nutters could be the spreaders. They believe it is all fake and their IQ profile matches security guards... RitaPanahi There wont b the goverment will get away with it like they always do RitaPanahi Does this royal commission involve the premier actually answering questions?

RitaPanahi Yep let’s just waste more taxpayers money. Good suggestion. Let’s just get on with dealing with this crisis shall we? RitaPanahi Labor say no more ....disband this shit stacking party.. corrupt as hell RitaPanahi Presumably along with NSW cruise issues RitaPanahi As well as an expanded RC into aged care and the Fed govt mishandling of private aged care.

RitaPanahi Royal commissions are the biggest waste of money. What comes out of them? Some bullsihit recommendations and hindsight thinking. RitaPanahi Andrews Sutton Mikakos must go n go now!!!!!!!!!!! RitaPanahi Rita, how about 1. A Royal commission into Sky propaganda. 2. Royal commission into members of the community doing whatever they like during lockdown, after being influenced by Murdoch’s propaganda!

RitaPanahi Another royal commission 🙄 unless criminal charges and prison time are on the agenda - let’s not waste further taxpayer dollars. RitaPanahi There must be a royal commission into Newscorp's degradation of Australian democracy by acting as a political operative while claiming to be a news outlet RitaPanahi

RitaPanahi Why ? Led by the federal LNP no government takes any notice of RC findings anyway. Banking RC Aged Care RC etc etc. And we care what she says because? RitaPanahi They didn't mishandle anything. This gross excuse for a media corporation purposefully mislead the public to put pressure on the Andrew's government to re-open too early. Pull your finger out, this is a global pandemic - try doing some real journalism.

RitaPanahi No need for a royal commission, DHHS is the root cause of families suffering and client dying... RitaPanahi 100% ✅ RitaPanahi Great idea a Royal Commission into Skynews malfeasance.. RitaPanahi Great, by the time an RC is finished the State will be dead. It won't be a Royal Commission, it will be an Autopsy. Audit Andrews' numbers — test his blood for HCQ.

RitaPanahi Maybe a Royal Commission into the role of Murdoch commentators like you Rita, constantly undermining the health restrictions and messaging because you are paid to RitaPanahi When will the premier own up to the quarantine mess RitaPanahi 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 RitaPanahi Federal ICAC now!

RitaPanahi Not before Wuhan Dan has been forced to step down for 'personal reasons'. Due to the toll taken by the pressures of dictatorship & incompetence? danslaughter RitaPanahi rowandean Outsiders 'could members of Daniel Andrews Govt' be charged one day with killing people in Victoria by his new Industrial manslaughter rule. Andrews Govt would have to prove they didn't cause 80 deaths by banning hydroxychloroquine! Vic Gov caused Aged Care deaths

RitaPanahi NO need for a Royal Commission. Just kickout the ALP and Libs out of all seats come next election. RitaPanahi Any chance of ever covering anything to do with Federal government corruption? ...Didn’t think so... RitaPanahi Coming from someone who has been anti lockdown and separately in her political commentary on the United States has been an unconditional apologist for Donald Trump who if anyone has made a shambles of a country's response it's been him.

RitaPanahi Let's be clear and admit who is actually responsible for undermining the public health messages. RitaPanahi Agree. Hopefully Dan Andrews has some courage and takes responsibility and resigns if / when he announces these further measures today. Whether ppl agree or disagree with his politics shouldn’t matter now - he’s been incompetent through this and that has had huge consequences

RitaPanahi With this many deaths and cases, I think it’s fair to do so. It doesn’t matter if the state / federal or both are to be investigated but with reported 12+ deaths today and another 650 cases, doesn’t it seem the right thing to do? RitaPanahi Excellent. Millions of dollars to state the obvious.

RitaPanahi Shall we call another one for the disaster that is the LNP's handling of aged care? Or are we going to pretend like there's no problem there? Because I'm guessing there's a lot of pissed off families out there who have had to bury their loved ones prematurely. RitaPanahi RitaPanahi RitaPanahi How about a Royal Commission into why Sky News is so anti Labor. By the way Rita, how you going with knowing that liberal voters in WA have turned on your buddy ScoMo. Must be hard to take

RitaPanahi Yeah OK RitaPanahi The chief health officer is not doing a good job here. Daniel Andrew was advised by his team of health officers unfortunately data is not reflecting the actual circumstances, in stead of focusing data, focus on infected cases, infected suburbs, prevent them from leaving home !

RitaPanahi a truly independent one RitaPanahi Really, then you guys will be first on the list.. misguided information from Skynews causing many to not follow guidelines set in place by government for protection of lives.. skynewsisrottentothecore RitaPanahi You don’t need a Royal commission into this disaster. Just employ me for $10,000 I can tell you all what you need to know. DanielAndrewsMP COVIDVIC19 covid19australia

RitaPanahi Ok so at this stage we have, Ruby Princess inquiry, hotel quarantine inquiry, aged care inquiry !! The facts are that globally politicians, Chief Health officers and sooo many epidemiologists and disease experts are unable to stop this virus from spreading! 2 years of this!! RitaPanahi Can I call for a Royal Commission into why Rita blocked me on Twitter when I asked her a question, challenged her without any form of abuse on a statement she made? justcurious

RitaPanahi Need to ensure that role of media, public commentators, in spreading conflicting messages, disinformation also considered RitaPanahi It only gets through by releasing Hydroxychloroquine and by the arrest of the Murder and Criminal China boy DanielAndrewsMP RitaPanahi Yes bring on a royal commission to expose the federal liberal government yes please

RitaPanahi Quarantine and Aged Care are both Morrison's responsibility, so by all means bring on a Royal Commission.

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