ABOUT 350 people attended a rally in Fremantle on Sunday opposing the McGowan government’s support for the “no jab, no play” policy.
Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has written to each state and territory asking their governments to support his proposed ban on unvaccinated children attending childcare centres and pre-schools policy, with Mr McGowan indicating late last month that he’s likely to fall in line.
Rally organiser Judy Wilyman told the Herald the policy was a clear breach of human rights and the Nuremberg Code, a set of international ethical principals governing human experimentation.
The code’s first principal outlines that experimentation should be voluntary, and that’s where Ms Wilyman says the government’s plan comes unstuck.
“The government is still pretending that vaccinating is a choice, but that is not true; if you link it to payments that families need, then that is coercive,” she said.
“This is not about anti-vaccination, it’s about the right to choose.”
Ms Wilyman said there were many vaccination supporters at the rally, but they wanted to choose which vaccines their children receive, saying she believed some vaccinations were not necessary.
Doctors were also not informing people about the ingredients in vaccines or the potential side-effects, even though they’re written on the packaging. She says without that information, the parents can’t give fully informed consent; another tenet of the Nuremberg Code.
Ms Wilyman said the Turnbull government’s policy was also being drafted without independent scientific analysis, and she says that’s a dangerous way to govern.
The issue is due to be debated at the next Council of Australian Governments meeting on June 9; Ms Wilyman says it’s being pushed through without the opportunity for community debate.
by STEVE GRANT