The bill was defeated five votes to 44 in the upper house despite five Coalition Senators choosing to cross the floor and vote against the Morrison Government.
Ahead of the vote Ms Lambie issued a scathing critique of the One Nation leader, accusing her of seeking to “profit” from her decision to frame vaccine mandates as discriminatory.
“It’s all about cash, it’s all about power – it’s all about One Nation seats,” she told the Senate.
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“If you want to champion against discrimination, you don’t want One Nation.”
Ms Lambie said while she did not support forcing people to be vaccinated, the bill made the decision to refuse the vaccine “consequence free”.
“Being held accountable for your own actions isn’t called discrimination – it is called being a bloody adult,” she said.
“You have the freedom to make a choice, but those choices have consequences.”
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Ms Lambie compared vaccine mandates with licensing for taxi drivers and flu mandates in the aged care sector.
“If you want to work as a cabbie you need a license to drive a cab. People without licenses are not being discriminated against,” she said.
“If you want to work in aged care, you need to have a flu vaccine and that rule has been in place before the COVID-19 was even a twinkle in a Chinese bats eye. That’s the way it is.
“If you want to work with vulnerable people you need to do a police check. If you are working with kids you do have to have a working with children’s check. That is the way it is and we do that to keep people safe. How about that? We put others before ourselves. How about that?”
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Ms Lambie said while people had the right to refuse a vaccine they did not have the right to place people’s lives in danger.
“You can decide not to choose those checks, no one is forcing you. But if you don’t do them, you can’t work it’s as simple as that. That is the way it is.
“You have a right to choose, you don’t have a right to put vulnerable people’s lives at risk. You don’t have that right and so you shouldn’t have that right.”
Ms Lambie’s speech came after Ms Hanson declared vaccine mandates had unleashed a “pandemic of discrimination” against those who had not received the jab.
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“This Prime Minister has done nothing to prevent this pandemic of discrimination,” she told the Senate.
Mr Morrison hit back at suggestions the Coalition was compromised by internal disputes during a press conference on Monday pointing out the government is not run as an “autocracy”.
“We do not agree with the measures that were in the bill, which would indeed threaten funding for hospitals and schools to states,” he said.
“A bill that will seek to centralise power more in Canberra, that is something that Liberal and Nationals are traditionally are in favour of.”
The proposed bill would ban discrimination on the basis of one’s COVID-19 vaccination status in the employment, education, accommodation, sport, goods, services and facilities sectors.
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