Led by the Canberra Declaration, a delegation has recently met and spoken with top Federal MPs from both sides of politics to raise our concerns about the discrimination being enacted through vaccine mandates and passports.

We (Warwick and Kurt) were extremely grateful to have been joined by Professor Ramesh Thakur, former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations (1998–2007), who is now based at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University. We were also very thankful to partner with a Melbourne-based cardiologist who is part of the Covid Medical Network.

So far, our delegation has met via Zoom with a member of the federal Cabinet and a top federal MP from the Shadow Ministry. We shared our serious concerns about the two-tiered society being created through industry-wide vaccine mandates, and the basic freedoms that are being denied everyday Australians via discriminatory vaccine passports.

Both MPs were receptive to and had sympathy with our concerns. Alarmingly, some of what we shared with them—information freely available in peer-reviewed medical journals—was entirely new to them.

We are very grateful for the time they afforded us, and we look forward to raising these concerns with other MPs and union powerbrokers as the Lord opens doors before us. Below is a summary of our presentation.

The Case Against Mandatory Vaccines

“Get injected so you can keep your job, feed your children, pay your mortgage or visit family interstate” sounds like Communist China or North Korea—but it is now Australia in 2021. Vaccine passports:

  1. Make no medical sense. The vaccinated can still get sick and infect others, while the unvaccinated are maligned as ‘unclean’ even if they are healthy.
  2. Are a major threat to liberty. They force Australians to trade freedoms they were born with for immense State power over their body.
  3. Replace informed consent with coercion.
  4. Ignore the power of natural immunity from infection.
  5. Assume no reason for abstaining. Religious beliefs, youthful health, and previous vaccine injury are all fair reasons to abstain from a vaccine.
  6. Create discrimination. Excluding 10-20% of the population from everyday life creates medical apartheid and a two-tiered society.
  7. Are politically toxic. They have sparked unprecedented protests globally, for all of the above reasons.

Early Treatment for Covid-19

The evidence base for early treatment with Ivermectin (and Ivermectin in combination therapies) is robust. Ivermectin has an excellent safety profile; it is on the WHO’s list of essential medicines; and the researchers who developed it won a Nobel Prize for their work in 2015.

Why has there been such a concerted campaign to discredit Ivermectin in the media and academic journals? Why the groupthink and information blackout by the TGA and AHPRA?

Hundreds of Australian medical practitioners who have treated Covid-19 patients in clinical settings were astounded at the TGA’s decision to ban Ivermectin. They now risk their careers to speak up in defence of this important treatment.

The TGA approved the Covid-19 vaccines on much less evidence than the high bar they have set for Ivermectin. Why?

Australia’s Vaccine and Lockdown Policies

The modelling used in Australia has been consistently unreliable. The trajectory of the virus has proven to be remarkably policy-invariant everywhere. The New York Times observed just last week that Covid cases surge for about two months and then retreat, with no clear correlation with the timing or severity of lockdowns and mask mandates.

The vaccines are no silver bullet. The case and mortality curves have dropped sharply in India and Indonesia despite single-digit vaccination rates. Israel and the UK have seen case surges despite very high vaccination rates. Mandatory vaccination would be justified if:

  • the disease was exceptionally severe, highly transmissible and lethal;
  • there was clear and compelling evidence of vaccine efficacy;
  • there is extremely low risk of serious side effects from the vaccine; and
  • alternative treatment options were lacking.

Every one of these is questionable on good scientific and observational data grounds. Vaccines should be made freely available to all, compulsory for none, and promoted for the protection of vulnerable groups based on informed consent.

All restrictions on individual and social activities should be lifted once everyone has been provided access to the vaccine.

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