The Prime Minister came under fire from Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia after telling state leaders on Thursday to stop inferring in people’s lives once vaccination targets are reached.
Mr Morrison also added the federal government believed the COVID-19 vaccine should be mandatory in specific circumstances, like health care, but it was not in favour of compulsory jabs being imposed by governments.
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Mr McGowan on Friday urged all national and state political leaders to “stand together” to continue the vaccine push as Queensland and WA continue to creep towards the 80 per cent double dose vaccination mark.
“We can’t have some people breaking ranks to try and win some political points amongst some people somewhere,” the Premier said.
“These sorts of messages are completely unhelpful and counter-productive so I just urge the prime minister to stand with all the state premiers and chief ministers.
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“It’s imperative that he does, that he can’t send mix messages on these issues. Stand with us don’t seek to divide on this.”
After the barrage of criticism over his comments including Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews accusing him of trying to secure votes from “extremists”, the Prime Minister hit back and denounced recent protests in Perth and Melbourne.
“I completely and totally and continue to denunciate any violence, any threat, any intimidation and any suggestion that I have not done that is completely false. I have been completely clear on that issue,” Mr Morrison said.
“I don’t have sympathy for violence. I don’t have sympathy for intimidation or threats whatsoever. I have encouraged people not to participate in that, including those who would number themselves amongst Liberal Party ranks.
“I have sympathies for Australians who have had a gutful of governments telling them what to do over the last two years and I think that they have been very clear on keeping their side of the deal.”
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Mr Morrison said while restrictions were necessary at the height of the pandemic he saw no need for state and territory governments to continue to impose on people’s lives once the 80 per cent double-dose vaccine target is met in each jurisdiction.
He also praised the lifting of restrictions in Victoria and urged states and territories across the country to follow in the Andrews Government’s footsteps.
However, the Prime Minister also made a slight dig against the Labor Party accusing it of attacking the government for pushing for restrictions to be dropped.
“I welcome, absolutely, of course, the restoration of the freedoms that have been put there today for Victorians,” he said. “I think that’s fantastic, that’s what should be happening.”
“Australians have done their part. It’s now time for them to be able to step forward with their lives and for governments to step back out of their lives.
“That’s what Liberals believe. That’s what Nationals believe. I know the Labor Party has a different view about that and they will seek to attack us on these issues. That’s fine. That’s politics.”

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