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WA Court of Appeal upholds Police Commissioner’s powers to mandate Covid vaccination

2 May 2024

1:00 AM

2 May 2024

1:00 AM

Senior Constable Ben Falconer and Police staff member Les Finlay lost their appeals in the WA Court of Appeal against the WA Commissioner of Police’s directive that they be vaccinated against Covid as a condition of their employment.

The bench, in a unanimous decision delivered on April 30, decided that, while the powers the Commissioner has under the Police Act are coercive and do infringe on the right to bodily integrity, they nevertheless allow such directions to be made.

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