Again, this was referred to me by as Australia’s senior Australian business leaders in the United States, and they had obtained much the same report of those early contacts between the Australian government [and Pfizer] …
They found the Australian attitude, rude, dismissive, etc.
And it stands in stark contrast, as I was advised, of the approach taken by other heads of government around the world.
Led by the prime minister of Israel, who spoke to the head of Pfizer some 17 times, I’m advised. The head of Pfizer has also been in discussions with the president of the United States, the Canadian prime minister, Ursula von der Leyen of the European Union.
As I said, it would have been far better if these things was simply handled by Mr Morrison at that senior political level. I was simply doing my small bit.