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Ben Falconer’s loss highlights WA’s terrible laws

25 August 2022

8:00 AM

25 August 2022

8:00 AM

Senior Constable Ben Falconer’s challenge to the mandatory vaccine directions of the Chief Health Officer for Western Australia and the WA Commissioner of Police was dismissed yesterday by the Supreme Court.

The result, frankly, is not surprising, but not necessarily for the cynical motives some may have in mind.

While some aspects of Justice Jeremy Allanson’s judgments (available on the WA Supreme Court website) appeared puzzling from the perspective of one who sat through the trial and listened to the evidence, they highlight a deeper problem.

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