At Long Last, a Human Rights Commission Takes a Stand Against the Vax Mandates By James Reed
Wonders will never cease! The Queensland Human Rights Commission has submitted an opinion to the Queensland Supreme Court, that the Covid vaccination mandates on teachers and early childcare workers are unjustified, and that Queensland Chief Health officer John Gerrard acted outside of his power, ultra vires, by mandating vaccination for teachers without prior consideration of less severe alternatives. It was argued that the most recent direction on February 4 was contrary to section 58(1) of the Human Rights Act (Queensland), which provides that “it is unlawful for a public entity in making a decision, to fail to give proper consideration to a human right relevant to the decision.”
Hopefully this argument is accepted by the Supreme Court of Queensland.
The Supreme Court heard the QHRC believes Queensland Chief Health officer John Gerrard acted outside of his power by mandating vaccination for teachers without considering less harsh alternatives.
The QHRC made a submission as an intervener in the Supreme Court case against vaccine mandates by three groups of teachers and early childcare workers who were suspended.
'The right not to be subjected to non-consensual medical treatment has clearly been limited by the directions and, on the evidence, other rights also,' the submission read.
The vaccine mandate means teachers and early childcare workers who do not provide proof of vaccination cannot enter their workplaces or 'high risk settings'.
Counsel for QHRC said Dr Gerrard's right to give health orders was based on him showing 'reasonable and demonstrably justifiable limits upon human rights'.
'On the present evidence … the limits on human rights imposed by the current CHO direction are not demonstrably justified and so, the direction was outside of power,' the submission argued.
Counsel claimed Dr Gerrard's most recent direction on February 4 did not comply with section 58(1) of the Human Rights Act.
The sections stated 'it is unlawful for a public entity in making a decision, to fail to give proper consideration to a human right relevant to the decision'.
The QHRC claimed Dr Gerrard did not consider the voluntary vaccination rates of teachers and early childcare workers or options like thrice-weekly RAT testing and the use of face masks before making his direction.
The submission also claims Dr Gerrard failed to give a timeframe for when the mandate would be lifted or considered how effective the vaccine is against Covid variants - like Omicron.
Justice Jean Dalton recently ruled Dr Gerrard's health orders were considered legislative decisions, not administrative, but her judgement has been appealed.”