Victoria became the first Australian state or territory to ban unvaccinated MPs from entering Parliament.
A government motion was passed Thursday night by the upper house by 31 votes to four, after more than two hours of fierce debate and amendments rejected by the Liberal Democrats and Independent MP Catherine Cumming.
All members and staff will now need to prove that they have received at least one dose of vaccine by Friday to continue working there, or have an appointment made by October 22.
They will also need to receive their second dose by November 26.
BREAKING: Victoria became the first Australian state or territory to ban unvaccinated MPs from entering Parliament.
A state government motion was adopted Thursday evening by the upper house of parliament by 31 votes to four after more than two hours of debate. More via @AAPNewswire
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The motion is consistent with a mandate to vaccinate all other licensed Victorian-era workers, which also goes into effect Friday.
Any member who does not comply will be suspended from entering Parliament until the second sitting day of the parliamentary year 2022.
The motion was passed by the lower house on Thursday morning with the support of all but one MPs, Liberal Neil Angus, who argued that the requirement to show proof of coup was “undemocratic” and “medical apartheid. “.
During his speech, Mr Angus quoted Dr Simone Gold, who leads a COVID-19 vaccine disinformation group and has been indicted for participating in the Jan.6 attack on the United States Capitol.
Louise Staley of the opposition and Tim Read of the Greens raised concerns about the motion, despite their support.
These included a constitutional issue with obstruction of members to fulfill their responsibilities and the right to consent to health care.
Mr Angus is the only Liberal MP in the room who is not vaccinated, and Opposition Leader Matthew Guy admitted he would not be able to convince him to receive the jab.
“I cannot force a 60-year-old man to go for treatment. What I believe in is explaining to people why this is so important, ”Guy told reporters in parliament.
He said the Liberal-National coalition supported the motion, since other authorized workers must be vaccinated.
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said Mr Angus’ comparison of the vaccine mandate and apartheid was “inappropriate and deeply offensive”.
“Mandatory vaccination is about keeping people out of the hospital, it’s about ending the lockdown… it’s about freedom,” he said.
All Labor MPs have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the ‘handful’ who are not yet fully vaccinated have booked to receive their second dose in the coming weeks.
Liberal Democrat MP David Limbrick said he and his party colleague Tim Quilty were fully vaccinated but would refuse to hand over evidence and participate in parliament remotely to protest the rule.