Vax mandate motion for MPs getting debated in Parl today. Kicking off in the Lower House (Assembly) this morning & it will be in the Upper House (Council) later this afternoon.
Anyone can watch live here:…
Staley points out that according to National Plan that VIC signed up to, that there should be no restrictions in the population after 80%, including between vxd & unvxd. Hm. Might be the first mention of this specific stance from the Vic Libs.
Well, the Liberals are officially backing the motion. Their revamped justification is that if some people in the community are forced to do this, so should they, but also that they don't support the widespread mandate. Wishy washy.
There's clearly logical differences between a nurse getting mandated & an elected member of Parl. It's meant to be about only protecting health - not performative. So you've got govt making performative rules (if they cared it would be RAT) & the Libs giving performative support.
He's the outlier Lib in this.
Neil is the only recorded vote against the motion. It is past the Lower House and will face the Upper this afternoon.

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