Senate debates

Monday, 18 October 2021

Questions without Notice: Take Note of Answers


4:07 pm

Photo of Malcolm RobertsMalcolm Roberts (Queensland, Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party) Share this | | Hansard source

I move:

That the Senate take note of the answer given by the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services (Senator Colbeck) to a question without notice asked by Senator Roberts today relating to mortality data.

As a servant to the people of Queensland and Australia, I have a duty to ensure reasoned and accurate debate in this chamber. The Minister representing the Minister for Health and Aged Care, Senator Colbeck, has the same duty and must ensure data central to reasoned and informed debate is made public. For many years, following the standardisation of mortality reporting between the states, mortality data has been made available six weeks after the period to which it relates. The latest mortality data covers a period to 30 June 2021. It's now 18 October. Suddenly and without explanation, data is being held back 15 weeks. The minister should have been prepared for this question. My question on notice, No. 3970, has been outstanding for 12 weeks. The data to 30 June shows deaths in Australia 2021 are above the seven-year moving average and consistently above anything we have ever seen before in this country. It's troubling that New South Wales and Queensland no longer make this information public.

In the absence of Australian mortality data, I will quickly reference official British data, which shows an increase in deaths among 15- to 17-year-olds of 20 per cent following the start of vaccination of that cohort, trending towards 25 per cent at younger ages down to four. More worrying is that this distribution is not even. The mortality rate—deaths—among boys was up 20 per cent and among girls eight per cent. This may result from one of the 268 known adverse interactions between COVID vaccines and other prescription drugs documented by the United States FDA. Logic would dictate that, before giving a patient a COVID vaccine, one would check to see what drugs they're already using and what natural immunity they may have resulting from a previous COVID injection. I don't think the 33 Bunnings stores in Queensland that offered vaccinations to the public last weekend asked for any of that information. I'm concerned that this parliament's reckless vaccination crusade is killing people. Sadly, this government and this parliament are neither prudent nor caring. Our community, our nation, deserve better. Release the data.

Question agreed to.