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Scott Morrison Says Unvaccinated Australians Deserve To Be Allowed Into Pubs And Restaurants

Stewart Perrie

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Scott Morrison Says Unvaccinated Australians Deserve To Be Allowed Into Pubs And Restaurants

Scott Morrison has called on states and territories restricting unvaccinated Australians from participating in normal life to relax their rules.

The Prime Minister believes that while high rates of vaccination are key in getting out of the coronavirus pandemic, people who haven't got the jab should be allowed some freedoms.

Mr Morrison explained how Aussies deserve to 'get a cup of coffee in Brisbane regardless of whether you've had a vaccine or not' if the state has more than 80 per cent of the eligible population vaccinated.

Speaking in New South Wales, the PM said: "Now it's time for governments to step back and for Australians to take their life back.

"We aren't in favour of mandatory vaccines imposed by the Government. Businesses can make their own choices on the law but we aren't about telling them or Australians what to do.

"Vaccines are only mandatory in cases where you have health workers working with vulnerable people.

Credit: Maureen McLean/Alamy Live News
Credit: Maureen McLean/Alamy Live News

"That's what our medical advice has always been and, as we get above 80 per cent in particular. They should be able to go to a get a cup of coffee in Brisbane regardless of whether you've had a vaccine or not."

He said the only time mandatory vaccinations are required is in specific industries like healthcare.

Scott Morrison has called on state and territories to look at their roadmap out of the pandemic and see whether they can give their residents some freedoms.

New South Wales is set to abandon vaccine passports at restaurants, cafes, nightclubs and the like from December 15.

However, Queensland is set to bring in the technology to ensure patrons are fully vaccinated two days after NSW axes its program.

The move from Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has angered some politicians who are against the idea of vaccine passports.

Scott Morrison indicated last week that vaccine mandates won't be brought in on a national level.

He told Sunrise: "We live in a country where we are not going to go around demonising those who want to make their own choices. It think that's very important. That's not how my Government sees it.

"Of course we want people to get vaccinated but we are not going to take that heavy-handed approach which the Labor party always seems to like doing, whether it's Bob Carr or many of the others who have come down with those types of views.

"It's not our approach."

Topics: Australia

Stewart Perrie
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