Liberal MP Dave Sharma says Australia’s continued financing of the World Health Organisation should only occur on the status of all “necessary reforms”.
US President Donald Trump on Wednesday halted the capital of the World Health Organisation of his nation, accusing of mishandling the coronavirus pandemic, the UN body.
Mr Sharma told Sky News that Australia, a significant donor to WHO, would have “more to say” about the institution’s response to this catastrophe. “This reckoning was coming for some time.
I think a lot of countries, Australia included, have been less than pleased with the WHO’s performance,” the Liberal MP said. Mr Sharma said it was “pretty obvious” countries like South Korea, Japan and the US will band together with Australia to demand “major reforms to the way the WHO operates”.
“I believe we ought to be sure we state our upcoming funding on necessary reforms,” he said. “We will need to settle on those reforms with a bunch of different countries, like-minded countries too, but that is generally how we push change in the international system… we make our ongoing donations, continued support for the global organisations, determined upon reforms that have to be carried out.”
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