Senate debates

Tuesday, 3 August 2021

Matters of Public Importance

COVID-19: Vaccination

4:17 pm

Photo of Hollie HughesHollie Hughes (NSW, Liberal Party) Share this | Hansard source

because, quite frankly, you're just making it up. And this claim that we're at the bottom of the world ranking when it comes to vaccination rate is actually wrong. But I understand for those of you opposite that maths isn't exactly your strong suit. Perhaps for that lesson when they taught you how to read graphs you might have been absent or chatting away or looking at what the big government and the unions were supposed to tell you to do and what you needed to think, because when you see countries like New Zealand underneath our vaccination rate that means that Australia's not at the bottom.

Perhaps this inability to read graphs and interpret data is why you guys are unable to recognise a really important graph that continues to show Australia at the bottom, but, in this instance, it's at the bottom of rates of death by COVID. I would have thought that was a pretty good graph to be at the bottom of, but I'm not sure you guys have even seen it, let alone can understand it. Can you imagine where we would be had we not had the failure of the Andrews government last year? He absolutely was culpable for hundreds of deaths. There has been unbelievable success when it comes to the COVID death rate across Australia. Of course, you guys aren't interested in any of that. You aren't interested in the economic success and the lives and livelihoods that were saved. There has never been a scare campaign you didn't like.

I go back to the vaccine rollout. If the ALP are to have any integrity—and I guess I need to spell that word for them—they need to stop their disgraceful misinformation campaign around AstraZeneca. If it weren't so serious, it would be entertaining. The member for Maribyrnong, the man whose leadership aspirations remain strong—the beating of the drum for Albanese—

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