Rogue senator clashes with Allison Langdon in fiery debate over vaccine passports after he declares he will not buy from any businesses that demands customers get the jab or even send his kid to school
Queensland Senator Matt Canavan has declared he will boycott businesses that demand customers get the jab in a fiery clash with Allison Langdon over vaccine passports.
The Liberal MP appeared on the Today show on Wednesday to discuss a new study suggesting harsher restrictions are needed over high vaccination rates to quash Covid outbreaks.
Host Ms Langdon said business owners are facing abuse online from anti-vaxxers as they try to enforce the no-jab-no-entry policy.
But Mr Canavan argued vaccine passports were ‘divisive’ and should be scrapped.
Queensland Senator Matt Canavan (pictured) has sensationally declared he will boycott businesses that enforce vaccine passports during an interview on the Today show
‘We should not have vaccine passports at all. They are incredibly divisive,’ Mr Canavan said.
‘The law is wrong. I myself just won’t go to places that require vaccine passports. I just encourage Australians who are against a police papers state, just boycott it. You have a choice.
‘I just won’t go to those sort of places, because I don’t want to live in a country that divides us into two different types of people. We do not need these vaccine passports. We are getting to the targets.
‘There is already nearly 80% of NSW with the first dose. We’re probably going to get to 90%. All this division, all this heartache is pointless. We should take a leaf out of the UK’s book and drop vaccine passports and drop them fast. ‘
Ms Langdon pointed out his stance was impractical.
‘Matt, you’re not going out to eat in a restaurant for a long time, you realise,’ she said.
Host Allison Langdon (pictured) suggested it would be difficult to avoid businesses once the measure is rolled out out across the country
But Mr Canavan said he would rather sacrifice dining out than support the vaccine requirements.
‘That’s OK. I’m fine with. That I’m not a bad cook at home, Ally. I will suffice with that,’ he said.
‘I draw the line at requiring someone to get a medical treatment. We have never done this before. That’s not what we should do for everyday life. I have said there is high-risk situations like aged care homes, where mandatory vaccines make sense.
Ms Langdon interjected: ‘Hang on, Matt! That is not actually true.’
‘For every day life, your kids can’t go to school, Matt, if they are not vaccinated.
‘They don’t get certain government subsidies. But they are not excluded from society for not getting certain vaccines.’