/ 23 November 2021

Why did 5 Coalition senators cross the floor?

Image source: AAP
Image source: AAP

To get to the other side of the mandatory COVID vaccination debate – which is definitely a contender for the worst Squiz gag of 2021… Yesterday, One Nation’s Pauline Hanson lobbed a bill into the Senate calling for compulsory jabs to be canned. It was defeated despite support from the Coalition senators, including former minister Matt Canavan who said “you should not need to undergo a medical procedure to earn a living”. Fiercely opposing the move was Tassie’s Jacqui Lambie – she said people don’t have to get vaxxed, but “those choices have consequences.” In Oz, the Feds have mandated vaccination for aged care workers while the states and territories cover those in health services/other critical workers. The rest is up to employers to decide… Morrison’s troubles aren’t behind him – 2 of his senators and Queensland MP George Christensen are threatening to withhold their support on any legislation until mandatory vaccinations are quashed.

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