Two women on the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission. Is it enough?

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April 3, 2020

Two women on the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission. Is it enough?

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By Angela Priestley,

Jane Halton and Catherine Tanna have been appointed to the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission.

The Commission’s been created by the Morrison Government to help address an extraordinary set of challenges over the days, weeks and months ahead. Their shared contacts, networks, ideas and ability to make big shifts happen will be essential for how Australia responds.

I want every individual on the commission to succeed in their ability to work with each other to form a strong, collective effort and come up with the best ideas possible — for re-deploying workforces to areas of need, for addressing supply chains and manufacturing lines, for keeping trucks moving and ensuring internet speeds can keep up. This is significant work.

But I wish there was some more diversity among the individuals selected — or possibly additional individuals selected who may be able to better support bringing a greater diversity of ideas to the table, as well as those who can also help deliver a greater understanding of a wider range of community needs.

Click here to read the full article published by Womens Agenda on 27 March  2020.

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