Foreign Minister Marise Payne wont go as far as saying she doesnt trust China, but says her concern is at a “high point” regarding transparency over the outbreak of the coronavirus.
She wants an independent, international review of the pandemic over its handling and its origin.
“I think the key to going forward in the context of these issues is transparency,” she told ABC televisions Insiders program on Sunday.
“Transparency from China most certainly. Transparency from all of the key countries across the world who will be part of any review that takes place.” Payne said.
She said an independent review should identify the genesis of the virus, the approaches to dealing with it, and addressing the openness with which information was shared.
It should also look into the interaction with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the actions taken with international leaders.
Asked if the WHO itself should conduct the review, the minister said: “No … that strikes me as a bit poacher and gamekeeper.”
Senator Payne was pressed several times whether she trusts China.
“I trust China in terms of the work that we need to do together,” she said.