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    Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Monday announced a plan to enforce a ban on unvaccinated children at childcare centers and pre-schools throughout the country.

    The Australian prime minister sent letters to state and territorial leaders asking them to support the tough new measures, claiming that all parents deserve to know if they are sending their children to safe institutions.

    "If a parent says 'I'm not going to vaccinate my child', they're not simply putting their child at risk, they're putting everybody else's children at risk too," he told reporters, following a meeting with a mother whose one-month-old baby died from whooping cough, likely caught at a nursery school.

    Full immunization, or participation in an approved "catch-up program," is currently required in three Australian states, but Turnbull is pushing for a countrywide implementation of mandatory immunization.

    "At our next [Council of Australian Goverments] meeting I propose we agree that all jurisdictions implement legislation that excludes children who are not vaccinated from attending childcare or preschool, unless they have a medical exemption," he told the media.

    According to Turnbull, vaccination is not a medical program in which parents make their own decisions, as these decisions can have a negative impact on others.

    Turnbull's proposal came after a public debate on immunization sparked by Australian right-wing leader and nationalist One Nation party member Pauline Hanson who referred to the policy of denying school access to unvaccinated students as "dictatorship."

    Public health experts have welcomed the prime minister's proposal, pointing out that it has long been proved that vaccines save lives and that the government must combat out-of-date belief systems.    


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      now if your child has been vaccinated what do you have to be worried about. maybe the shots don't work and your being lied to and shooting your kids up with trash.
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      They were talking on the radio the other day about people who didn't want their kids to be vaccinated. The implied threat was forced vaccinations because the sheep demand everyone take the poison.
    • Capt'nSkippy !!!
      Nothing like being a dictator to blackmailing the people if THEY, government, insist on it to be done. More authoritarian and draconian laws to enforce something to what THEY say we have to do. Hanson is wright what she said and our freedom being steamrolled by more law!!! As always what they do is use ONE case the exasperate and over inflate a situation to make reasons for more LAW and PENALTIES, like Turdbull used about the case of whooping cough. His comment of parents making decisions that CAN have a negative impact is something far lease than what this disgusting parasite in Canberra is doing to the rest of the country.
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      an old tactic...make those who disagree with you, be the black sheep and have society turn on them to do your dirty work.
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      According to sources there are 140,000 families who have refused the federal government's extortionate no jab no pay tax breaks and have refused to vaccinate their children until the feds can guarantee the absolute safety of vaccinations.

      And that request is the sticking point in all of this because the feds refuse to give that safety guarantee because it has been proven that vaccinating your children can cause health issues, not the least being autism, which BTW is on the rise, and even death.

      This latest authoritarian move by a mostly hated prime minister and government to ban non-vaccinated children from child care smacks more of a totalitarian bent imposed by the United Nations than in any real health concerns.
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      terryjohnodgersin reply tousatim(Show commentHide comment)
      usatim, mercury, as well as other toxins has been found in some vaccinations. The questions have been raised as to why, but no one is giving answers.
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