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MARK LATHAM: Why do both Liberal and Labor insist we need vaccine passports?

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Sometimes you read something and have to go back out of fear to watch it a second time.

That’s how I felt when I saw NSW Labor Leader Chris Minns thank ‘frontline workers’ in the Daily Mail Australia.

Minns’ policy is not to thank them.

It aims to support Gladys Berejiklian in the firing of tens of thousands of NSW nurses, paramedics, police, teachers, craftsmen, construction workers and retail and hospitality workers for not being vaccinated.

Historically, one of the key tenets of the union movement has been that workers should be in charge of their own bodies and health choices, not employers and politicians.

Vaccine passports have been scrapped in England for entry into a crowded location (photo, women take a selfie eating and drinking in the Soho area of ​​London after restrictions are eased)

NSW Labor Leader Chris Minns’ policy is to support Gladys Berejiklian in firing tens of thousands of NSW nurses, paramedics, police, teachers, craftsmen, construction workers and retail and hospitality workers for not being vaccinated, writes One Nation leader Mark Latham (photo)

Minns has thrown that out the window with his support for forced workplace vaccinations and vaccine passports.

Labor MPs and union officials have abandoned people who have paid their union dues for decades and just want someone to represent their needs.

I speak to them every day and try to keep them at work and out of Centrelink.

It is invariably people waiting for the safest vaccine: Pfizer, Moderna or Novavax.

They are victims of the failed vaccine rollout by Scott Morrison, who overordered on AstraZeneca.

Or they are people who have not had an injection for 30 or 40 years and suffer from anxiety depression. Or they have a history of medical problems and side effects in their family.

Some are conscientious objectors, but not many.

They are all stunned at how the labor movement has abandoned them and thrown them into the social scrap heap for wanting to make their own health choices.

A nurse gets her first shot of a Pfizer vaccine in Sydney in February 2021 - with NSW Health staff refusing to be vaccinated now being fired

A nurse gets her first shot of a Pfizer vaccine in Sydney in February 2021 – with NSW Health staff refusing to be vaccinated now being fired

Minns and Berejiklian have yet to explain how firing people will make us a healthier and better society.

In six months, Minns and the unions will complain that foreign workers are being used to fill staff shortages in our hospitals, schools and construction sites.

Given that Australia is lagging behind the rest of the world in terms of vaccination coverage against Covid, we would be foolish not to learn from the European experience in particular.

They discover that vaccination does not kill Covid in the community because vaccinated people can carry and spread the virus.

The main benefit of vaccination is to reduce the severity of the disease. It turns it into a bad flu, reducing the number of hospital admissions.

The vaccinated have nothing to fear from unvaccinated people, because they have gone out and got their best protection.

There is no reason to treat unvaccinated people like lepers like Vaccine Passports do – deny them access to shops and other places.

The NSW government will lift the lockdowns once 80 per cent of eligible residents have been fully vaccinated (pictured, police talk to residents in the eastern suburbs of incarcerated Sydney in August)

The NSW government will lift the lockdowns once 80 per cent of eligible residents have been fully vaccinated (pictured, police talk to residents in the eastern suburbs of incarcerated Sydney in August)

The Berejiklian/Minns policy envisions a scenario where someone can show up in a pub sneezing and sputtering, show their vaccine passport and gain entry, while rejecting an undisguised patron who has passed a rapid antigen test.

Just when European countries list vaccine passports as divisive and impractical, Minns’ main complaint is that they aren’t happening soon enough in NSW.

The worst thing about Berejiklian/Minns’ policy is that it’s not necessary.

Last month, NSW approved the national cabinet plan to fully open to 80% herd immunity.

With NSW now steaming towards 85 or even 90% double dose vaccination, why do we need more layoffs, more division and more conflict in society?

Chris Minns has shown that he is a destroyer of workers in NSW, not a leader.

Mark Latham is the party leader of NSW One Nation.

Don’t pat yourself on the back, Gladys: How companies are at breaking point, vaccine passports will NOT be ready for ‘liberty day’ and our tireless health workers are being insulted, writes Labor leader CHRIS MINNS

Nobody expects perfection from the government during a pandemic, but the pat on the back should be kept for our health professionals.

Victor Dominello is the NSW minister responsible for the pivotal small business grant program designed to keep thousands of businesses alive during the Covid pandemic.

The program is so screwed up that more than $400 million in grants are still with the government, while businesses are on the run.

I’ve talked to small businesses waiting weeks to receive even small grants designed to keep them alive while their cash flow collapsed.

Fourteen weeks in lockdown and the NSW government still needs nine days to process requests.

Nobody expects perfection from the government during a pandemic, but the pat on the back must be saved for our health professionals, writes Chris Minns (pictured)

Nobody expects perfection from the government during a pandemic, but the pat on the back must be saved for our health professionals, writes Chris Minns (pictured)

We see companies reaching a breaking point because they did the right thing, listened to their own government’s health regulations and closed their doors during the pandemic.

The sad reality is that some will not recover when it comes time to reopen. Support has been very slow and sometimes not enough, especially for those in the South West and West of Sydney.

The next big agenda item for Dominello is the vaccination passport feature on the Service NSW app.

Dominello admitted this week that the app wouldn’t be ready for ‘freedom day’ when NSW hits its 70 percent vaccination target, but don’t worry as this was ‘a good problem to have’ presumably because we’re happy to say the least. should be in order to have the State open again.

A good problem to have is choosing which beach to go to on the weekend, or where to watch the footy finals.

Tell this to the thousands of restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs, hairdressers and nail salons who are unsure about how vaccine mandates will work when they are allowed to reopen.

Victor Dominello is the Minister of NSW in charge of the pivotal small business grant program designed to keep thousands of businesses alive during the COVID pandemic

Victor Dominello is the Minister of NSW in charge of the pivotal small business grant program designed to keep thousands of businesses alive during the COVID pandemic

A check-in app that the minister has had two years to prepare, but which will in fact not be ready when it is needed, is actually a big problem.

Labor fully supports vaccine passports – this is how we reopen safely. But after millions of people did the right thing and got the shot, we can’t afford not to really have the system that helps businesses and customers cope with it.

Then we had Secretary of State Stuart Ayres, who after the NSW construction sector shut down two months ago without consultation or warning himself, called on Melbourne to do the same this week, insisting that his approach is ‘a much better way of doing things than what we ‘re seeing in Melbourne’.

He further praised the Sydney approach, stating at one point that NSW was ‘a victim of our own success’.

That’s a pretty clear message to the thousands of craftsmen in the 12 closed-off Local Government Areas who have missed work in recent months from businesses in unsealed LGAs — victims of their geographic location.

In parts of western and southwestern Sydney, small businesses have suffered trading losses of up to 70 percent. In the same areas, one in six jobs has been lost since the start of the lockdown and vacancies have fallen by 60 percent.

Mr Minns said ministers calling NSW 'a victim of our own success' is offensive to health professionals (photo administering a vaccine)

Mr Minns said ministers calling NSW ‘a victim of our own success’ is offensive to health professionals (photo administering a vaccine)

It is also insulting to the nurses and doctors who are doing everything they can to prepare for the wave of hospitalizations from Covid cases that NSW government modeling indicates is coming in October.

This has been a very tough 14 weeks and there are many who believe that we are asking an awful lot from our government, but in reality it is nothing compared to what our government is asking of us.

It is important that we remember the frontline workers who risk their own health and that of their families to work in our hospitals, to keep our supermarkets open, to care for our elderly and vulnerable.

And the businesses that have had to close and the 2 million people who are subject to lockdowns and restrictions and curfews.

Their sacrifices have helped us through this pandemic and it will be our job to look after their interests once the lockdown is over.

Chris Minns is the opposition leader of NSW

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