Gerard Rennick, a colleague of Scott Morrison, has vowed to withhold his support of the Coalition’s agenda in the Senate until the government opposes vaccine mandates and reinstates domestic travel.
LNP Senator for Queensland Gerard Rennick has given Prime Minister Scott Morrison an ultimatum: oppose nationwide vaccine mandates or lose my vote for any legislation the Coalition hopes to pass through the Senate.
Rennick, who won his seat in the 2019 election, says he has been inundated by contact from Australians who are “stressed about losing their jobs or having mandatory vaccinations for their children.”
Five Issues Raised with the PM
The Senator listed five issues that he said must be resolved before the Morrison Government could once more count on his support. Among his demands were an end to domestic travel restrictions, industry vaccine mandates, and vaccine mandates for children. He also defended the right of victims of adverse events to refuse a second jab, and a “fit and proper compensation scheme” for those injured by vaccination.
Rennick grew up in country Queensland on the Darling Downs, and won election on a rural, regional and pro-family platform. In recent weeks, he has used his Facebook page to raise awareness about Australians injured by the COVID-19 vaccines.
“In the last two weeks I have become aware of severe and undiagnosed injuries to people as a result of the Covid vaccines,” Rennick wrote to the PM. “Many of these are not being acknowledged by the very medical authorities who should be helping them. Those who have suffered injuries from vaccines need help urgently,” he added.
The Senator took aim at Scott Morrison for sending mixed messages to Australians by claiming that vaccination is not mandatory, while at the same time “paying for and indemnifying vaccines being mandated by the State”.
The Letter from Gerard Rennick
Senator Gerard Rennick’s letter to Scott Morrison is reproduced below in full.
29 October 2021
Dear Prime Minister
I write to inform you of my intention to withhold my vote from the Coalition Government until the following issues are resolved:
1) A fit and proper compensation scheme for victims of vaccine adverse events. This includes compensation from the first dollar of expenses incurred, rather than the proposed $5,000 threshold. Payments need to begin immediately. Victims should not have to wait until next year to receive compensation and income support. Many victims have been unable to work and are facing economic as well as health issues as a result of an adverse event from the vaccine.
2) The right for victims of adverse events to refuse a second vaccine shot. It’s bad enough that people have been forced into taking the vaccine at all in order to retain their job or travel freely within their own country. It is completely inhumane to force these people to have to take another shot if they have suffered paralysis, strokes, severe clotting or one of the numerous ailments the vaccine has caused.
3) No person in this country should be forced to lose their job because they don’t want to take a Covid vaccine on which longitudinal studies are not yet completed. You need to stop vaccine mandates regardless of if they are mandated by the employer or State Governments. If, as you say, the Commonwealth doesn’t support mandatory vaccinations, then why are we paying for and indemnifying vaccines being mandates by the State? Furthermore, foreign medical staff should not be replacing hard working Australians who have exercised their natural right to choose how they manage their health.
4) Children do not need to take the vaccine. Long term safety effects of the Covid vaccine are not understood. Given it is extremely rare for children to die from Covid, vaccinating them is more than likely to increase their risk of ill health caused by the vaccine rather than protect them from the virus.
5) All domestic travel restrictions regarding Covid should be repealed. The tyranny of the last eighteen months must stop. Governments have destroyed livelihoods, our children’s education, kept families apart, and divided our nation.
In the last two weeks I have become aware of severe and undiagnosed injuries to people as a result of the Covid vaccines. Many of these are not being acknowledged by the very medical authorities who should be helping them. Those who have suffered injuries from vaccines need help urgently both in dealing with their pain and mental anguish of not knowing if and when they will recover.
We have an obligation to the many Australians who trusted the government health advice that said the vaccines were safe.
Furthermore, I have been inundated from many Australians who are stressed about losing their jobs or having mandatory vaccinations for their children.
Upon becoming a Senator over two years ago, I made a pledge to serve the people of this great country, not destroy them. I cannot stand by while Australians suffer and do nothing about it.
LNP Senator for Queensland
The Morrison Government’s Senate Agenda
The Coalition currently enjoys a ten-seat majority over Labor in the Senate, with 36 seats to Labor’s 26. But with 14 Senators on the cross bench, nine of whom are from the Greens, Rennick’s vote could prove vital for the Government’s legislative agenda.
A spokesman for Scott Morrison said the PM would “discuss the matter with senator Rennick when he returns to Australia,” following his visit to Glasgow.
Image via GerardRennick.com.au.