Well, here we are again. Last week, I wrote a piece explaining the unscientific nature of the New South Wales government’s decision to allow parents and visitors to enter schools regardless of vaccination status, while telling volunteers like myself that we must be vaccinated if we wish to return to our charitable works.
I had hoped Dominic Perrottet might take heed in understanding that, as a man of the Catholic faith, it is not at all within his faith values to prevent volunteers from returning to schools. It is even worse that he is preventing Scripture teachers like myself, who give up half an hour each week to teach the next generation of Catholics about the faith, from entering schools. I do not think that Jesus Christ would be pleased that a man of the faith is holding his fellow Catholics to ransom over a vaccine (one that does not even prevent transmission, no less).
But Perrottet has clearly chosen to walk a dangerous path, one paved with the carcasses of freedoms and essential liberties, much like his Labor counterparts. And while harsh criticism is due to the NSW Premier, it would seem apparent that there is another figure in the NSW Liberal Party that is whispering sweet nothings into his ear.
That individual would be none other than the nefarious Brad Hazzard.
The NSW Health Minister has been at the forefront of the government’s response to Covid. Ever since the virus hit Australian shores in March 2020, he has enjoyed far too much time in the spotlight. Hazzard has been in attendance at most of the Covid press conferences, using them to invoke fear around the virus, as well as demonise and dehumanise people who have chosen not to take the vaccine.
To this point, he has been one of the biggest proponents of vaccine mandates and restrictions. He has made it clear that he wants as many people as possible to be vaccinated, even if it is against their wishes. And he has been unrelenting in his contempt for those who do not make the choice he wants them to make. In fact, it has likely been his affinity for harsh restrictions and unscientific mandates that have spurred them on.
So, when the acting Chief Health Officer and staff at NSW Health presented a slideshow to the Health Minister last week containing reasons to bring back restrictions like mask mandates, working from home, and no singing or dancing – it came as a surprise when Hazzard rejected the reintroduction of such restrictions. Just days later, he was again spruiking fear around the Omicron subvariant, known as BA.2, telling people that he is concerned about it and that he would not be so concerned if everyone got their boosters. This is despite two inconvenient facts: Omicron and its subvariants are more infectious but less deadly, and current vaccines – including the ‘boosters’ – were designed for the initial variants, not Omicron.
When asked why he decided not to reintroduce restrictions, Hazzard said, ‘People are over it.’ For once, he was right.
Yet that same day, despite the apparent new outlook he had taken on, it was made public in the NSW Government’s Gazette that the health order entitled Public Health (COVID-19 Vaccination of Education and Care Workers) Order 2022 requiring all education and care workers, including volunteers, to be vaccinated to undertake their work in schools had been signed into power by Brad Hazzard to replace the previous order which was due to expire on March 17, 2022. The new order is in effect until May 13, 2022, and – if the pattern follows – it will likely be extended again and again.
So much for caring about people being over it, right Brad?
It is completely unscientific to continue this mandate, given what we now know about the vaccines and their efficacy – particularly after the 55,000-page release of information from Pfizer.
And so it is interesting that, for those in the education sector, only the initial two doses are mandated. Boosters need to be taken on a three-month schedule to maintain ‘protection’. And so it is unscientific to require people in education, especially volunteers, to be vaccinated, given the immunity of the initial two doses would have already worn off.
No one should be forced to take a vaccine to participate in society – much less a vaccine that, by the manufacturer’s admission, has significant difficulty with efficacy and serious side effects in otherwise healthy people.
Given what Dominic Perrottet said recently about mandating QR codes, it is even more scandalous that he is keeping vaccine mandates in place. In answering questions just last week, the NSW Premier stated:
‘The most ironic one I thought was that we ended up bringing back QR codes back, but we weren’t even tracking and tracing. There was no science behind it at all. It has zero utility. But there was a massive campaign, and when those massive campaigns get run, what it does is depletes confidence. And that kind of reporting, as we’ve seen over this period of time, has depleted confidence in our people. So we actually brought it back for one reason only – to instill confidence so that people would go out using QR codes.’
That right there is the Premier of NSW admitting that there was no science behind several recent health orders. It was purely political – a desperate attempt to ensure their government appeared favourable.
Dominic Perrottet should know better than to listen to Brad Hazzard. His frequently bullying rhetoric toward the public and bungling of the Ruby Princess should have seen him sacked from the Ministry. Yet somehow he is still there, lurking behind Perrottet and pulling his strings like a sadistic puppeteer.
If NSW is to truly be rid of restrictions and mandates and go back to living life without the imposition of government, then Health Hazzard Brad has got to go.
Joel Agius is an independent writer. If you would like to read more of his work, you can do so at JJ’s Outlook.
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