Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation

Today Crikey introduces The Proposition — a provocation that bounces off a hot topic. Our first respondents are five Crikey regulars. And we'd love to have your responses*.

Here's today's proposition:

If China won't agree to an investigation into the cause of coronavirus, should Australia be prepared to downgrade our trade relationship?

There are reasons to rethink our relationship with China, but they are human rights, not virus-related. While China’s initial handling of the outbreak reflected fragilities with its authoritarian approach to governing, the speed in which the Communist Party course-corrected was astonishing.