NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard has flagged the possibility of enforcing a vaccine mandate on members of parliament who “should be role models for the rest of the state”.

Minister Hazzard confirmed the matter was being explored by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Jonathan O’Dea.

“It’s possible to do it under the health orders, is my understanding,” he confirmed.

“My personal view is that all MPs should be vaccinated; I’m strongly of the view that MPs coming into the parliament from all over the state should be role models for the rest of the state, and they should be vaccinated.

“Whether or not that would be necessary through a health order or through legislation, I think, is still probably under some consideration.

“The speaker of the parliament will be doing some work on that … I have been told he’s certainly looking at those issues, but my strong view is that members of parliament should be role models for the rest of the community.”

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