Why Australians are saying no to the WHO
Who runs the world? The WHO will, if Australia and other Member States agree to several proposed reforms. This is the view of a growing chorus who warn that Australia risks losing its sovereignty over public health decision-making to the WHO, without necessarily even realising it…
It took me months of research to write my new article for Umbrella News, which gives an overview of the WHO’s impending reforms, a proposed pandemic treaty, and amendments to the International Health Regulations (IHR). The topic is immensely complex, littered with legal and bureaucratic jargon, and confused with seemingly contradictory doublespeak.
Some people are worried that the reforms will effectively transfer decision-making power in public health emergencies (increasingly broadly defined) to a global body (the WHO), reducing the agency of nation states and of local communities on the ground.
Confusingly, the Director General of the WHO and Australia’s politicians flatly deny that this will be the case. In this article, I parse their arguments, and several rebuttals to them.
Special thanks to Libby Klein, who provided great assistance behind the scenes in helping me locate documents, and answering my many questions as I worked to get my head around the material.
I first met Libby, a lawyer and concerned citizen, at a conference in November, where she made a presentation on the WHO reforms and their significance. She has an excellent grasp of the reforms in both their global and Australian regulatory context.
If you’re interested in delving more into the detail of the proposed treaty and IHR amendments from an Australian perspective, I recommend subscribing to Libby’s Substack.
A final word before I return to my holiday rest - I have seen comments online from people saying that even if the reforms are passed, they will simply refuse to comply. Well, you may not have that option.
If concerned parties are correct, the reforms will sanction forced quarantine, forced injections, forced testing, forced movement restrictions, and so on. It’s well and good to say you’ll resist but as we witnessed over the past few years, when a band of armed police officers decides to bail you into a paddy wagon, send you to solitary confinement, shoot you with rubber bullets, or send you forcibly to a camp, there is no real avenue for resistance.
If you are opposed to the WHO reforms, the time to resist is now.
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