Prime Minister Scott Morrison initially wanted any future coronavirus vaccine to be as mandatory as possible.
“I expect that it would be mandatory as you can possibly make it”, he said, adding that he is “talking about a pandemic which has destroyed the global economy and taking the lives of … 430 Australians”.
There is just so much wrong with what the Prime Minister is talking about.
First of all, what has really destroyed the economy is the behaviour of incompetent leaders such as the Australian Prime Minister.
Of course, there have been far better and more efficient ways to fight this virus apart from savage bans and gross violations of fundamental rights being inflicted on the people.
Second, Mr Morrison initially wanted that the coronavirus vaccine to be mandatory.
We are supposedly living in a free and democratic society. It is therefore quite extraordinary for an allegedly democratic leader to attempt to coerce citizens to do something they might not really want to do.
Of course, now the Prime Minister has been forced to backtrack and is promising the vaccine will not be compulsory, despite saying earlier in the day that it should be “as mandatory as possible”.
But his first instincts are always inherently authoritarian. His backtrack was caused by a popular backlash and resistance to his effective disregard for the Australian Constitution.
Australia is a country in which the state has been conceived as deriving from the law and not the law from the State. Since this is a document of limited powers, the Morrison government has no more powers than those explicitly granted by the Constitution.
Third, the Prime Minister has revealed himself to be an utterly unreliable politician. For instance, his government miserably failed at developing policies to protect nursing homes where the highest incidence of victims of coronavirus has occurred.
Instead of using the full power of the state to command his “subjects” to do whatever they might want, Mr Morrison still needs to learn that true democratic leaders use the power of persuasion and rational argument in order to convince their fellow citizens to do what is right.
I have no confidence in our Prime Minister. This is a leader who takes a great deal of pleasure in imposing his arbitrary will upon the people, and by all means if necessary.
It is time for the Australian people to resist the Morrison regime. It is time for us to tell Scott Morrison that enough is enough.
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Article by Augusto Zimmermann PhD, LLM, LLB, DipEd, CertIntArb