One of Australia's foremost investment bankers and research analysts, now living in Port Douglas, says despite the naysayers, some States and the Federal Government have handled the Covid 19 Pandemic extremely well and in fact are among the best in the world.

Reub Hayes, now retired, has written a report card for FAB FM and Newsport on who comes out of this economic nightmare with top marks and who's failed.

Mr Hayes career embraced 45 years in investment banking, initially specialising in research analysis.

He was ranked in a survey undertaken in an Australian Financial Review article in the 1980’s as one of Australia’s top 5 most influential research analysts.

Mr Hayes says "despite Australia's exceptional Covid outcomes, some press and social media platforms and fringe political factions would have us believe that we are amongst the worst in the world, but that couldn't be further from the truth".

He went on to say that "NSW and Victoria have handled things very well but less affected smaller population density states like Queensland are micro-managing their Covid policies for personal political kudos. The same goes for Western Australia says Mr Hayes”.

The hugely successful businessman went on to say "We have a lot to be thankful for as only 0.6 percent of Australia's population has contracted Covid versus the world (3%) the US a staggering (13.9%) and the UK (12.8%) so it's time we gave kudos to the leaders and health frontline workers who have been at the coal face of this Pandemic and not focus on the negative".

Listen to Reub Hayes on FAB FM's podcast page.

BIO - Reub Hayes FAII, FAICD, SF fin

Business career background embraced 45 years in investment banking, initially specialising in research analysis. He was ranked in a survey undertaken in an Australian Financial Review article in the 1980’s as one of Australia’s top 5 most influential research analysts. Was a Member of the Australian Stock Exchange, a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, A Fellow of the Australian Insurance Institute and a Senior Fellow of the Australian Financial Services Institute. During the last 20 years of his career he was Australian CEO of two AAA rated Global Asset management businesses both of which he founded. Post full time retirement was a non-executive Director of a number of asset management companies. Served in the Australian Army Reserve and received a Queens Commission in Infantry after Graduating 2nd in Australia’s first Officer Cadet Training Unit (OCTU) in 1965. Served in Signal and Artillery Corps post-graduation. Was awarded the Australian Defence Medal his services. In Sporting activities he excelled in road cycling with Australian and NSW championship wins and podiums in his teens (1957/61), was an accomplished distance runner 1970/90 and President of Harbord Diggers Running Club for several years. Still actively involved in Road Cycling and is a member of Waratahs Masters Cycling Club and Port Douglas Cycle Club. Now fully retired and enjoying his life in Port Douglas with his wife, Karen