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Queensland mandate judgement a victory for process, not human rights

7 March 2024

1:20 AM

7 March 2024

1:20 AM

The decision handed down in Queensland’s Supreme Court ruling vaccine mandates imposed on police and public health workers unlawful and ineffective was the right decision, but the approach adopted by the Court should give freedom-minded Australians pause for thought.

Regardless of anyone’s opinion about the vaccines developed in response to the Covid pandemic, many Australians reasonably felt that governments forcing citizens to take the vaccine in exchange for keeping their jobs offended basic ideas of human autonomy and human rights.

There were a number of Queensland police and public health workers who, despite such mandates, made a decision not to take Covid...

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