Should only the vaccinated be free to do the Big Lap?

Published: August 20, 2021
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In what could be a peek into the future of ‘grey nomadding’ in Australia, Tasmania’s leading tourism body is calling on the state government to consider a rule that would require all visitors into the state to be fully vaccinated against Covid.

“People should be required to have a vaccine before entering Tasmania,” Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania CEO Luke Martin told the ABC. “Other states are going that way, we’ve seen Europe go that way.”

He said he would like to see all tourists from every state have both jabs before entering Tasmania, not just those coming from hotspots.

“Tassie should lead and show everyone certainty and confidence,” Mr Martin told the ABC. “If we’re going to open up our borders, we want to protect the community and our own industry and part of that should be an expectation that if you get the Tas-E-Travel pass, the no-restriction travel, then you should have been expected to have had your two shots.”

Mr Martin said hard lockdowns and border restrictions were not sustainable for Tasmanian businesses in the long term.

“We’re watching Victoria by the minute, if they’re okay, we’re okay,” he said. “If you get a vaccine, you can come in, if you don’t then you run the gauntlet of quarantining and all the other restrictions that are currently in place now.” 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced last month when 70% of eligible Australians were fully vaccinated, lockdowns would be more selective and vaccinated people would face less restrictions.

 In a further indication that the fully vaccinated will enjoy more freedoms than those who aren’t, the organisers of the Big Red Bash outside Birdsville or the Mundi Mundi Bash near Broken Hill have introduced a ‘no jab, no jive’ restrictions for next year’s events.

It means anyone stepping foot on the event premises in 2022, including ticket holders, artists, crew, volunteers, and vendors must have had their vaccines.

Outback Music Festival Group managing director Greg Donovan said he felt he owed a duty of care to festival-goers.

“Our patrons travel thousands of kilometres to get to and from our events … through many little outback towns and communities,” Mr Donovan told the ABC. “We bring 10,000 people together from every corner of Australia … we have a duty of care and responsibility to make sure we do everything in our power to make sure we can provide the safest environment for patrons coming to the event.”

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Pat from the Top End.
5 months ago

Get fully vaccinated…or stay at home.

Ray
5 months ago

I’m with you 100%.

Johns
4 months ago

Why do people die from vaccine
Why do the vaccinated still get the virus.
More people die everyday from tobacco alcohol and dv.

Gail Grady
5 months ago

Hello we have no problem getting a vaccine for covid. But refuse to have the vaccine for over sixties! This is our federal governments fault. We need to have a choice just not told to have a vaccine that has ended up with a lot of people being very sick. Notice no figures of incidents with the over 60’s vaccine are being released!!

Robyn Garland
5 months ago

As we are fully vaccination we should have more options. Totally agree with the statement

Zol
5 months ago

So sad to see this country being divided by a politically created problem.

Ray
5 months ago

It is not a politically created problem mate. It is a Pandemic. that is the problem. And the country is only divided because some states (particularly WA, my state) have done the sensible thing (including the public in general), and taken strong action at the appropriate time. As for other states, well the evidence is there due to their “in action” when required.

Beej
5 months ago

It’s a dangerous game these event organisers are playing.
From the “Australian Human Rights Commission”:

If there is no specific law requiring a person to be vaccinated, individuals, businesses and service providers are encouraged to obtain legal advice about their own specific circumstances, and to carefully consider the position of vulnerable groups in the community before imposing any blanket COVID-19 vaccination policies or conditions. These may have unintended consequences, particularly for some people with disability, and may also breach federal discrimination law.

Den
4 months ago

Gee wish people would do their 0wn research ,not depending in the manipulating media. This hysteria is a continuation of an escaped virus older brother to lymes. Took me 5plus years to get my system back in control. So why would I put something into my system that is going to create untold havoc.
Boost your immune system is the answer, getting your VitD level above 80 and keep it there. Along with all the other goodies our beautiful bodies need. Having a full blood scan empowers you.. jabbing doesn’t. Think About you will be so pleased you did.

Ray
4 months ago
Reply to  Den

I have thought long and hard about it and and the jab is the only sensible way to go. And as Pat says, “do yourself and your country a favour and get Covid vaccinated”.

Pat in the Top End.
4 months ago

There will be only two groups in the population. The unvaccinated minority who will contact Covid Delta Virus, get sick and need hospital.
Those who are double vaccinated with a later booster, come into contact with Covid, have possible mild symptoms but not need hospital care. Did you have the Polio, Smallpox, Tetanus or any other vaccination? Well this is an epidemic..so do yourself and your country a favour and get Covid vaccinated. Stay safe.

Den
4 months ago

There are those who use their democratic right …yet deny it to others who also have the right to their choices.
Each to their own.

Pat from the Top End.
4 months ago

Arrr…well I suppose there are those who use their democratic right to be totally selfish towards the thousands of health workers and hospital ICU staff who work their guts out to save the selfish few..

Pat in the Top End.
4 months ago

The vaccinated majority won’t have to worry or be concerned about the protesters, anti and non vaxers.
They will be restricted to their own small space, locations or bubble. The rest of us majority will be able to enjoy the freedoms of travel and be able to happily get on with our lives

Den
4 months ago

Pat, maybe now be a good time to give others the freedom of choice… just as you have for your Self. For you made the call of importance for you ..just as other’s outside the fishbowl do for their situation.
I respect your choice please respect mine.
Compassion goes a long way Pat.

Ray
4 months ago

To part use a quote from a previous Prime Minister “Anyone who does not get vaccinated is a bum”.

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