Last week I asked ASIO if they were intending to investigate the origins of Covid-19.
I also asked at what point does gain of function research become a bio-terrorism risk.
Unfortunately, ASIO was not interested in pursuing the first question or addressing the second question.
Not only does the government not want to address these issues but it appears they actually want to cover up the details of any gain of function research in Australia. As the Australian reports:
“Health Minister Mark Butler has invoked a claim of public interest immunity to block the release of researchers’ names and institutions associated with 17 commonwealth-funded gain-of-function research projects that increase the virulence of viruses in a laboratory.”
I think this is disgraceful. Even if they didn’t want to release names of the individuals, they could have released details of the research, what institutions were doing it and who was funding them.
Special thanks to Senator Matthew Canavan for lodging the FOI.