The PM has responded to Senator Hanson’s claims the government is blackmailing parents into vaccinating their children. (AAP)
Malcolm Turnbull has shot down Pauline Hanson’s assertion the government is blackmailing parents into vaccinating their children.
The prime minister says it’s vital to the health of all Australians that close to the whole population be immunised.
“If parents choose not to vaccinate their children, they are putting their children’s health at risk and every other person’s children’s health at risk too,” he told reporters in central Queensland town Barcaldine today.
Earlier, One Nation leader Senator Hanson questioned the effectiveness of vaccinations, urging parents to do their own research.
“If this having vaccinations and having measles vaccinations is actually going to stop these diseases, fine, no problems,” she told ABC TV.
Health Minister Greg Hunt told AAP: “The clear and categorical advice from experts including the Chief Medical Officer, based on decades of research and evidence, is that vaccinations save lives.”
Senator Hanson said the government was “blackmailing” people – a reference to the policy of withholding childcare fee rebates and welfare payments from parents who don’t have their children fully immunised.
“Don’t do that to people. That’s a dictatorship,” she said.
“I hear from so many parents, where are their rights?”
Mr Turnbull and Mr Hunt both highlighted the success of the “no jab no pay” policy, saying it had led to an extra 200,000 children being vaccinated over the past year.
“It’s good news for kids, their families, and the community,” Mr Hunt told AAP.
Labor’s health spokeswoman Catherine King was appalled to hear Senator Hanson’s comments.
“They aren’t just wrong – they are dangerous,” she wrote on Twitter.
Former Australian Medical Association president Brian Owler said Senator Hanson was “dangerous and ignorant”.
“Vaccination (is) the most effective public health measure ever,” the pediatric neurosurgeon wrote on Twitter.
Senator Hanson’s advice was “uninformed, dangerous and insulting” and it was disgraceful that an Australian politician could endanger children like that, he said.
Read more at http://www.9news.com.au/national/2017/03/05/13/57/not-vaccinating-risks-health-of-kids-pm#4ioBRCI9E4Vr3vHc.99
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Chief Medical Officer of S.A. is Professor Paddy Phillips.
Chief Medical Officer for The Australian Government Department of Health is Professor Brendan Murphy.
The Chief Public Health Officer role ( this is Prof. Paddy Phillips ) has accountability for public health & communicable disease issues. The Chief Public Health Officer also advises the Minister & the Chief Executive of the Department of Health ( this is PM Malcolm Turnbull & Prof. Brendan Murphy & Murphy would no doubt report to the Minister Greg Hunt ) about proposed legislative or administrative changes related to public health & about other matters relative to public health.
Greg Hunt attended Mt Eliza Grammar .. Melbourne Law School .. was associate Chief Justice of the Australian Federal Court ..
So Greg Hunt has no medical qualifications .. he rely’s solely upon the advice of a hand full of Health Ministers both State & Federal .. therefore the responsibility for Greg Hunts misinformation about vaccines & diseases is due to the lack of correct & up to date information & knowledge from the likes of Professor Paddy Phillips & Professor Brendan Murphy.
Okay folks .. it is not Greg Hunts fault that he does not know what he is talking about ..
That in the face of not knowing he should then NOT SPEAK on matters where he has no expertise is very clear ..
That he does not see that his insistence of the correctness of the information he is receiving about disease & about the safety of vaccines ..
Is Gross Negligence
It is the fact that Greg Hunt is exempt & immune to any CONSEQUENCES if these vaccines damage the innocent & defenseless infants who are definitely at risk .. he therefore speaks with impunity.
When there is no responsibility & no consequences for negligent action we have to be so very careful to do our own fact finding .. the information is all out there .. all the dirty laundry .. just waiting to be seen.
Every day we are better informed & louder in our condemnation of the blatant Gestapo element in Australia’s Politics.
one day my fingers are going to drop off man.
Hearsay is evidence of a statement that was made other than by the witness.
Seeing how Greg Hunt only speak “hearsay”
Why is he the Health Minister ?
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