MP Robbie Katter hits out at Premier’s hypocrisy – is she afraid of another jab?
The Queensland Labor Government has denied the Queensland Parliament an opportunity to debate the double standards it is presiding over which give MPs freedom of choice around COVID-19 vaccines while allowing jab mandates to be enforced in other workplaces.
To date, the State’s 15,000-strong police workforce and 90,000 Queensland Health employees have been subject to vaccine mandates that have required workers to either comply or be forced out of a job.
The Education Minister Grace Grace has not yet publicly ruled out requiring vaccinations for Queensland teachers and early childhood educators, and mandates are already in place across the private sector. This includes in the aviation and transport industries.
Today Katter’s Australian Party Leader and Traeger MP Robbie Katter attempted to move a motion in the Queensland Parliament, calling on the Palaszczuk Labor Government to intervene in workforce vaccine mandates unless it requires all State politicians be vaccinated.
Citing the hypocrisy of the current double standards, KAP Leader and Traeger MP Robbie Katter said the motion was designed to test whether “what’s good enough for the goose was good enough for the gander” in Queensland.
Unfortunately it was voted down by the Labor Party meaning the debate could not even go ahead.
Mr Katter said all levels of government had pushed the boundaries on individual choice, personal freedom and civic liberties over the last 18 months in the name of the pandemic.
He said while the KAP’s position was to encourage all Queenslanders to have a conversation with their doctor about getting the COVID-19, and other, vaccines, the Party was staunchly opposed to vaccine mandates.
The text of the KAP’s motion was:
That this House agrees
- That all Queenslanders should be encouraged to get vaccinations, including COVID-19 vaccinations;
- That workplace vaccination mandates contravene fundamental rights of healthcare choice and access to employment free from discrimination and coercion because of healthcare choices;
- That breaching these rights through a vaccination mandate cannot be imposed by any business, government entity or authority without consent of the Queensland Parliament; and
- A breach of these rights may only be implemented when all Members of the Queensland Parliament are required to be fully vaccinated.
Mr Katter said it had been a disappointing day for democracy in the state of Queensland.