Only 5 Australian Senators Back Proposed Law to Overturn Vaccine Mandateson November 22, 2021 at 5:03 am

Five Coalition senators have crossed the floor to vote in favour of a private member’s Bill calling for an end to vaccine mandates in the country. Senator Pauline Hanson of the One Nation party introduced the COVID-19 Vaccination Status (Prevention of Discrimination) Bill 2021 on Nov. 22 to overturn mandatory vaccination requirements across the country. According to the senator’s website, as of Nov. 22, 185,395 individuals signed an online petition supporting the Bill. While Prime Minister Scott Morrison granted Hanson approval to introduce the proposed law, an overwhelming majority of MPs from the Liberal-National Coalition, Australian Labor Party, Greens, and independents did not back it. Speaking via video link, Hanson said the Senate was responsible for protecting the rights of individuals noting that, “This is a pandemic of discrimination.” “You might not agree with the choices that people make, but that doesn’t mean the right to choose should be stolen …

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