Victoria bans unvaccinated politicians from entering parliament in Australian first

0

Victoria has become the first Australian state or territory to ban unvaccinated MPs from entering parliament.

A government motion passed the upper house on Thursday evening 31 votes to four, after more than two hours of fierce debate and failed amendments from the Liberal Democrats and independent MP Catherine Cumming.

All members and staff will now have to prove they’ve received at least one dose of a vaccine by Friday to continue working on site, or have an appointment booked before October 22.

They will also need to have their second dose by November 26.

The motion is in line with a vaccination mandate for all other Victorian authorised workers, which also comes into effect on Friday.

Victoria’s parliament has become the first in Australia to ban unvaccinated MPs from entering. Credit: AAP

Any member who does not comply will be suspended from entering parliament until the second sitting day of the 2022 parliamentary year.

The motion passed the lower house on Thursday morning with the support of all but one MP, Liberal Neil Angus, who argued the requirement to show proof of the jab was “undemocratic” and “medical apartheid”.

During his speech Angus cited Dr Simone Gold, who leads a group pushing misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines and was charged for taking part in the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

The opposition’s Louise Staley and Greens’ Tim Read raised concerns with the motion, despite their support.

Daniel Andrews receives his COVID-19 vaccine in June.
Daniel Andrews receives his COVID-19 vaccine in June. Credit: SUPPLIED/PR IMAGE

These included a constitutional issue with obstructing members from discharging their responsibilities, and the right to consent to healthcare.

Mr Angus is the only MP in the Liberal party room who isn’t vaccinated, and Opposition Leader Matthew Guy has conceded he won’t be able to convince him to get the jab.

“I can’t force a 60-year-old man to go and get a medical procedure. What I believe in is educating people as to why it’s so important,” Mr Guy told reporters at parliament.

He said the Liberal-National coalition supported the motion, given other authorised workers have to be vaccinated.

Read original article here

Denial of responsibility! Verve Times is an automatic aggregator of the all world’s media. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials, please contact us by email – [email protected]. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Hello,