Scott Morrison has been slammed by one state government for allegedly trying to garner the support of anti-vaxxers.
The Queensland government has accused Scott Morrison of trying to curry favour with anti-vaxxers, slamming the Prime Minister for allegedly putting his own political ambitions ahead of the health of Australians.
Mr Morrison lashed Queensland’s plan to ban unvaccinated people from venues once 80 per cent of eligible residents are fully vaccinated, insisting this was unnecessary.
“We’re not in favour of mandatory vaccines imposed by the government. Businesses can make their own choices under the law, but we’re not about telling them what to do,” he said on Thursday.
“People should be able to go to a cafe and get a cup of coffee in Brisbane when they’re over 80 per cent regardless of whether you’ve had the vaccine or not.”
But Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles hit back, accusing Mr Morrison of trying to garner the support of “a coalition of anti-vaxxers” to bolster his chances of re-election.
“He is so desperate to claw together a coalition of anti-vaxxers for his own political benefit that he is undermining confidence in our vaccine,” Mr Miles told parliament on Thursday.
Mr Miles accused Mr Morrison of passively supporting “dangerous fringe elements” such as the protesters in Melbourne over the weekend.
Mr Miles said Queenslanders who had done the right thing and received both doses of the vaccine deserved to be rewarded ahead of anti-vaxxers in the Sunshine State.
“They do not deserve to be undermined by a prime minister more interested in currying favour with coffee baron donors and lunatic backbenchers than the health and the jobs of Queenslanders,” Mr Miles said.
“We want people in Brisbane to get a coffee too, we just don’t want them to get Covid while they’re doing it.”
According to Queensland Health, restrictions on businesses will be eased significantly once the state reaches the 80 per cent vaccination target, with many venues able to return to full capacity.
However, there will be significant restrictions for Queenslanders who are not fully vaccinated.
Unvaccinated people will be unable to visit hospitals, aged care facilities, hotels, pubs, clubs, bars, restaurants or cafes.
They will also be restricted from attending outdoor entertainment activities such as sporting stadiums, theme parks or festivals.
The Queensland government has not yet indicated if or when these restrictions will be lifted.