Happy end of lockdown, Melbourne!
On a related note:
Last week Texan Republican senator Ted Cruz weighed into the news that the NT government will mandate vaccines for public-facing workers:
I heard similar sentiments from an Australian recently, in the context of Victoria’s vaccine mandates for permitted/essential on-site workers.
Here’s my view on this, if you want it.
This is one of those times when I think the Australian quality of looking after your mates is far more important than individual liberty.
Individual liberty has limits. Republican Texans might disagree, but your individual liberty doesn’t get to trample over the rights of everybody else.
You can’t drink and drive, and we in Australia have gun control. These limits on individual liberty are to protect everybody in society.
COVID-19 has killed millions worldwide, and there are multiple effective vaccines available that have been safely used by billions, including most Australians – noting that there are some people with legitimate medical reasons not to be vaccinated.
You can still choose not to have the vaccine. But that may mean you don’t get to fully participate in the society you don’t care about protecting.
That’s your choice – don’t blame anybody else for it.
NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner had his own response: