“We have been very gratified by the engagement we’ve had in recent days and in the last week with the prime minister’s calls and my own,” Payne said.
Following the government’s efforts, a resolution has been tabled by the European Union for the World Health Organisation on May 18 that discusses the need for an appropriate review.
“That needs to be done independently. And why do we want to know that? Because it could happen again,” he said.
“I think it would have been preferable, of course, had China led a credible investigation into the origins of coronavirus, and I am surprised China has not done that given the impact on the Chinese economy, its society and indeed its reputation,” Bishop said.
Bishop also called for rhetoric to “scale down” and for a “more calm and quiet diplomacy.”
Bishop said the investigation needs to happen to understand how the virus “got into human populations and whether decisions could have been taken that would have prevented its spread.”
Australia and China are currently experiencing a cooling of diplomatic relations.
Foreign Minister Payne also said on May 1 that Australia would reject “any suggestion that economic coercion would be an appropriate response to calls for an independent and transparent review.”