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Project host points to traditions being forced to get Covid vaccination when politicians don’t

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Hosts of The Project say it’s “hypocritical” for politicians to mandate Covid-19 vaccinations for construction workers, but not for themselves.

While the streets of Melbourne were quiet on Thursday, the city has been in the throes of chaotic protests all week as thousands of angry protesters staged demonstrations across the CBD to oppose the demands of jab on job sites.

The mob has been condemned by the government and large parts of the community for violent clashes with police and for using the city’s sacred war memorial to stage a demonstration.

But TV host Kate Langbroek said much of the anger stems from the fact that there are different rules for different groups of employees.

Hosts of The Project say it’s ‘hypocritical’ for politicians to mandate Covid-19 vaccinations for construction workers but not themselves (pictured, protesters surrender at the Shrine of Remembrance on Wednesday)

While the streets of Melbourne were quiet on Thursday, the city has been in the throes of chaotic protests all week as thousands of angry traditions held demonstrations across the CBD to oppose the demands of jab on job sites (photo, police at the Shrine of remembrance)

While the streets of Melbourne were quiet on Thursday, the city has been in the throes of chaotic protests all week as thousands of angry traditions held demonstrations across the CBD to oppose the demands of jab on job sites (photo, police at the Shrine of remembrance)

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“They know they are being mandated something that the politicians who mandate it are not imposing on themselves,” said the Channel Ten star.

“That makes everyone mad, doesn’t it?”

Fellow host Waleed Aly added that Monday’s crowd, made up of about 80 to 90 percent construction workers, was vastly different from the protesters over the next two days.

The unruly crowd descended on the headquarters of their own union – the CFMEU – smashing the front of the building and hurling projectiles.

“Its character changed and when I listened to the journalists who were there and followed it, it became something that was very focused on the far right, anti-vaxxers and all that sort of thing,” he said.

“But do we know enough or have we talked enough about what construction workers, those who were there on Monday, are actually mad about?”

Of the more than 6,600 active Covid cases in the state, more than 400 have been directly linked to 186 construction sites – with health officials fearing the industry is not taking the deadly virus seriously.

Dan Andrews' mandatory jab requirement (pictured) for construction sites has received significant backlash from the industry

Dan Andrews’ mandatory jab requirement (pictured) for construction sites has received significant backlash from the industry

Fellow host Waleed Aly added that Monday's crowd, made up of about 80 to 90 percent construction workers, was vastly different from the protesters over the next two days (pictured, protesters at the Shrine of Remembrance on Wednesday)

Fellow host Waleed Aly added that Monday’s crowd, made up of about 80 to 90 percent construction workers, was vastly different from the protesters over the next two days (pictured, protesters at the Shrine of Remembrance on Wednesday)

Of the state's more than 6,600 active Covid cases, more than 400 have been directly linked to 186 construction sites — with health officials fearing the industry isn't taking the deadly virus seriously (photo, protesters at the Shrine of Remembrance)

Of the state’s more than 6,600 active Covid cases, more than 400 have been directly linked to 186 construction sites — with health officials fearing the industry isn’t taking the deadly virus seriously (photo, protesters at the Shrine of Remembrance)

Despite the alarming statistics, the issue of mandatory vaccinations mandated by Prime Minister Dan Andrews’ government to protect workers from the deadly virus has seen a massive downturn in the construction industry – more than any other sector.

But Aly pointed out that there hasn’t been the same level of outrage from construction workers north of the Murray River, where the “responsibility rests with individuals.”

“What I found interesting is that… NSW didn’t go for mandatory vaccination,” he said.

“They have this policy that if you have an unvaccinated worker on site, you can only work 50 percent.

“That’s really interesting because it meant if you’re not vaccinated, you have a choice, you don’t get fired, but you have to go to work and look your friends in the eye and say, ‘Well, this is why I won’t,” even though I know it means costing my friends work.

These rules will change on Monday to open construction sites in NSW at 100 per capacity, with only those of the LGAs of concern to be vaccinated.

This is because in NSW the construction industry is largely in favor of vaccines, with the CFMEU organizing a special vaccination day for its industry in Homebush.

But Aly (pictured on the project) pointed out that there hasn't been the same level of outrage from construction workers north of the Murray River where the 'responsibility rests with individuals'

But Aly (pictured on the project) pointed out that there hasn’t been the same level of outrage from construction workers north of the Murray River where the ‘responsibility rests with individuals’

Kate Langbroek said: 'They know they're being mandated to do something that the politicians who mandate it aren't mandating for themselves'

Kate Langbroek said: ‘They know they’re being mandated to do something that the politicians who mandate it aren’t mandating for themselves’

‘You are confronted with your decision and it affects someone else.’

The wild demonstrations in Melbourne come as Victoria recorded the highest number of daily cases since the pandemic began with 766 new infections and four deaths.

Thursday also marked another grim milestone with Melbourne shattering the world record for longest accumulative time among home orders by a whopping 235 days.

So far, 45.2 percent of Victorians have been fully vaccinated, and about 74 percent receive the first dose.

Police opened fire at protests with rubber bullets after being pelted with rocks and bottles during Wednesday's demonstration

Police opened fire at protests with rubber bullets after being pelted with rocks and bottles during Wednesday’s demonstration

WHY VACCINES ARE IMPORTANT

Vaccination is a simple, safe and effective way to protect people from harmful diseases before they come into contact with it.

Vaccination not only protects individuals, but also others in the community by reducing the spread of preventable diseases.

Research and testing are an essential part of developing safe and effective vaccines.

In Australia, vaccines must pass rigorous safety testing before the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) registers them for use. Vaccine approval can take up to 10 years.

Before vaccines become available to the public, large clinical trials test them on thousands of people.

High-quality studies over many years have compared the health of large numbers of vaccinated and unvaccinated children. Medical information from nearly 1.5 million children around the world has confirmed that vaccination does not cause autism.

People first became concerned about autism and immunization after the medical journal The Lancet published an article in 1998. This article claimed that there was a link between the measles vaccine, mumps, rubella (MMR) and autism. Since then, scientists have completely discredited this article. The Lancet withdrew it in 2010 and printed an apology. The British General Medical Council has removed the author from the medical register for misconduct and dishonesty.

Source: Australian Department of Health

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