Commissioners proud of Australians ‘remarkable’ response to COVID-19

Michael Outram and Reece Kershaw in conversation with David Pembroke

David Pembroke in conversation with Commissioners Michael Outram APM and Reece Kershaw APM.

Reece Kershaw APM, Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police and Michael Outram APM, Commissioner of the Australian Border Force, were recently interviewed for the WORK WITH PURPOSE podcast.

During the interview Reece Kershaw expressed pride in Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

‘I think we have shown global leadership, like no other country. I think it was great to see that we united. All the politics was left aside and we united as a country.’

Michael Outram also said the way Australians responded to the travel restrictions was ‘remarkable’, and reflected on the Australian Border Force’s quick response to the Cabinet decision restricting travel from anybody who had been travelling through mainland China into Australia:

‘That was a two o’clock in the afternoon. By nine o’clock that night, my officers implemented that travel ban. They’d never done that before. There was no playbook, no rule book, no experience…

…we got on the phone to the airlines and, literally, through several hours just made the job work.’

Reece Kershaw said that protecting the health of officers was front of mind for the Australian Federal Police. He reflected on the new criminal challenges posed by the dark web before responding to questions with Michael Outram from IPAA’s Future Leaders.

WORK WITH PURPOSE is produced in partnership between contentgroup and IPAA ACT, with the support of the Australian Public Service Commission.

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