Thursday, 2 September 2021
I seek leave to move the following motion:
That the House:
(a) in a free democratic nation, any preventive medical intervention should only to be carried out with the prior, free and informed consent of the person concerned;
(b) that no Australia should be placed in a position where they are forced to undertake medical intervention to open their business, keep their job, to be able to pay their mortgage, or to put food on the table;
(c) today, many Australians are being coerced, against their free will to submit to receiving a medical intervention (being the COVID vaccines) just to open their business, keep their job, to be able to pay their mortgage, or to put food on the table;
(d) that no Australian should be placed in a position where they are forced to undertake a medical intervention to visit a beach or park;
(e) today, many Australians are being coerced, against their free will to submit to receiving a medical intervention (being the COVID vaccines) if they wish to visit a beach or go to a park;
(f) that the Australian constitution provides that trade commerce and intercourse between the state shall be "absolutely free";
(g) the words "absolutely free" in the Constitution are not preceded by first providing some government issued health papers;
(h) many Australians are being coerced, against their free will to submit to receiving a medical intervention (being the COVID vaccines) to cross state borders;
(i) the only document that Australians should need to cross a state border within Australia, is that little book called The Constitution; and
(j) the latest data out of Israel evidences that vaccine passports are deception and little more that a marketing stunt as they provide little evidence that a person is less likely to have COVID, and the latest published science evidences that person with a vaccine passport is no less likely to spread COVID compared to a person without a vaccine passport; and
(2) calls on Government to immediately bring the No Domestic Covid Vaccine Passport Bill 2021 for debate and for a vote.
Leave not granted.
That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for Hughes from moving the following motion immediately:
That the government immediately bring on the No Domestic COVID Vaccine Passports Bill 2021 for debate and a vote before this parliament rises.
A point of order: with your discretion, in these events normally the mover speaks but it was at your call asking for a seconder that I approached. That's not the usual way it's done; normally the mover speaks and then asks for a seconder, and then the seconder speaks. I'm expecting the mover is going to actually speak, but it was at your call that I rose to second it.
On a point of order: I'm simply raising the same principles that we have to work under. If someone moves a motion they have to give their speech immediately. If they simply move it and don't continue, then that's their speech gone—and lots of motions happen without a speech being attached to them. If a seconder then seconds and says that they reserve their right to speak, then they get an opportunity later in the debate. If they simply second and sit down, then they have spoken in the debate. They're the rules that the other 149 members of this place have to work under. We didn't object to the motion being moved; we didn't try to stop it. If the two people who moved and seconded have had the opportunity to give remarks, and neither of them did, then I think we're now at the point of debate where we have a call for further speakers.
The question is that the motion for the suspension of standing orders be disagreed to.
A division having been called and the bells having been rung—
As there are fewer than five members on the side for the noes, I declare the question resolved in the affirmative in accordance with standing order 127. The names of those members who are in the minority will be recorded in the Votes and Proceedings.
Question agreed to, Mr Christensen and Mr C Kelly voting no.