Peter Dutton doubles down on calling for Covid vaccine mandates to be scrapped


Peter Dutton doubles down on Scott Morrison’s demand for states to dump Covid vaccine mandates as he insists ‘you can’t segregate Australia’ – before Karl Stefanovic and Labor rival sing him a VERY awkward happy birthday

  • Peter Dutton weighed in on war of words over controversial vaccine mandate
  • Mr Dutton said state premiers should give same freedoms to the unvaccinated
  • The defence minister claimed the different rules would lead to ‘segregation’  










Peter Dutton insists barring unvaccinated Australians from pubs and cafes ‘segregates’ communities and should be abandoned. 

The defence minister rubbished plans by state premiers to only allow vaccinated residents into hospitality and retail even after 80 per cent are immunised.

Queensland, Victoria, and Western Australia have no plans to reopen to much of their economies to the unvaccinated and likely won’t until well into next year.

NSW is the only state that plans to give the same freedom to the unvaccinated when it ditches the vaccine passport system by December 15.

Mr Dutton argued applying different rules to them would demonise a small portion of the community and ultimately lead to ‘segregation’.

‘You cannot segregate even a small part of Australian society and we want people to get vaccinated,’ he told the Today show on Friday. 

Queensland will enforce vaccine passports at hospitality venues from December 17, while Victoria has vowed to keep unvaccinated residents out until next year.

‘For the premiers to say there’s a small portion, even though we don’t agree with their decision not to be vaccinated, a small proportion of society will never be able to go to a coffee shop or restaurant again,’ Mr Dutton said.

‘I just think you cannot segregate a part of the community, even if you disagree with the decision they’ve made and we are moving into a phase now where we have to live with this virus.’

Mr Dutton defended Prime Minister Scott Morrison after he came under fire for urging premiers to reopen to everyone regardless of vaccination status.

Mr Morrison argued the mandate should only be applied in situations where health workers deal with vulnerable people.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and her deputy Steven Miles on Thursday accused the prime minister of ‘undermining our vaccine’ and attempting to claw together a ‘coalition of anti-vaxxers’.

Today host Karl Stefanovic asked Mr Dutton whether the federal government’s stance would hurt Queensland’s vaccination rollout, which is the slowest in Australia.

Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia have taken the strong stance against the unvaccinated and have yet to indicate when they will fully reopen to all residents

Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia have taken the strong stance against the unvaccinated and have yet to indicate when they will fully reopen to all residents

‘The reason we are behind most other states in the country is because the premier went out and bagged AstraZeneca at a time when other premiers including Labor premiers weren’t,’ Mr Dutton shot back.

‘That’s what undermined us from the start and we’ve been well behind the pack for many months. Nothing to do with the comments of the prime minister over the past 24 hours.’ 

Opposition leader Richard Marles appeared on the Today show alongside Mr Dutton and claimed Mr Morrison was deliberately targeting Labor premiers.

‘It’s all about the politics when it comes to the Prime Minister and he is always trying to pick a fight, particularly with Labor Premiers,’ he said.

‘This undermines the vaccine rollout that is going on in WA and Queensland and it’s a different message from what we’ve heard recently.’

The debate on the talk show took a bizarre turn when host Karl Stefanovic pointed out Mr Dutton celebrated his 51st birthday the day before.

Mr Dutton defended prime minister Scott Morrison after he came under fire for urging premiers to reopen to everyone regardless of vaccination status

Mr Dutton defended prime minister Scott Morrison after he came under fire for urging premiers to reopen to everyone regardless of vaccination status 

Stefanovic took it as an opportunity to sing a belated happy birthday, urging Mr Marles to take the lead.

A blushing Mr Dutton smiled as Stefanovic and Mr Marles sang out-of-sync before the pair burst into laughter. 

Mr Dutton continued his attack against Ms Palaszczuk while appearing on radio station 4BC.

‘At the time of the agreement the premiers entered into they decided they weren’t going to mandate vaccinations,’ he said.

‘The agreement that Premier Palaszczuk signed up to was at 80 per cent we would have to enter a new phase to live with.

‘And by definition, if you go for a voluntary program you are going to have a small number of people who are unvaccinated.’

Host Neil Breen argued the freedoms given to the vaccinated should serve as motivation for the unvaccinated to get the jab.

‘Why should others be able to freeload on those who’ve done the heavy lifting and gone and got vaccinated and been proactive?’ he said. 

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