Scott Morrison is trying to “scoop up” the vote of those on the “extreme fringes” by advocating for the rights of the unvaccinated, says Labor MP Ed Husic.

The prime minister took the Queensland government to task on Thursday, saying residents in the state should be allowed to “get a cup of coffee in Brisbane regardless of whether you’ve had a vaccine or not”.

The remarks sparked furore with Deputy Premier Steven Miles, retorting: “We want people in Brisbane to get a coffee too; we just don’t want them to get Covid while they’re doing it”.

Mr Husic told Sky News Australia, Mr Morrison was attempting to “play politics”, labelling the comments a “disgrace”.
“I do find it weird that Scott Morrison is running this line now about the rights of the unvaccinated people,” he said.

“If you had heard Scott Morrison express that line then when the race was well and truly on to get people vaccinated, you’d wonder what was going on.

“Why’s Scott Morrison now going against everything that he’s said over the last few months, and the only thing I can think of is that he’s playing politics.

“He wants to scoop up some votes out of the extreme fringes; the groups that are whipping up all of this terrible behaviour that you’re seeing in Melbourne and trying to get political advantage out of it.

“It’s a disgrace as a national leader that you would engage in that.”

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