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Hundreds unite at Pro-Choice Anti-Mandate Logan meeting

The Pro-Choice Anti-Mandate Logan City Queensland town hall meeting saw a full house of concerned business owners, politicians, and residents turn up to unite against the state government’s vaccine mandates on Wednesday December 8.

650 seats were filled to capacity at Hosanna Logan, and more than 500 people tuned in via live-stream to discuss their concerns about the mandates.

Event organising team spokesman David Pellowe from Hunni Media said the event went exceptionally well.

“There was a good positive energy in the room, and people left with positive actions to take,” he said.

Forde MP Bert Van Manen and QLD Senator Amanda Stoker attended via livestream, and former Qld premier Campbell Newman and Pauline Hanson were among those who spoke out in Logan among other Queensland cities about their concerns about the mandate.

Mr Newman said he was sick at heart with worry about the future of Australia and had been turned back to politics by the tyranny shown in the last 20 months .

“What’s happened to Australia? I don’t recognise this country anymore,” Mr Newman said.

“If you told me a woman would be carted off in handcuffs in PJs for trying to organise a rally, I’d have said ‘you’re crazy’.

“If you told me that the media would just fold up like wet paper bags and become part of the problem – cheerleaders for the government, propagandists of the regime, I’d have said ‘you’ve really lost the plot’ – but sadly that’s where we are. It’s insane.”

Senator Pauline Hanson said thousands of people had filled halls across the state in the last few weeks to rally against the mandates.

“I haven’t seen crowds like this come out since 1998 … and now you have come out because this is the biggest battle of your life,” she said.

“You’re not alone in this … we’re going to stand up for our rights.”

On three occasions Senator Pauline Hanson introduced a bill in parliament against mandating vaccinations and discriminating against unvaccinated people. 

She intended for the bill to go to a senate inquiry so the public could contribute their thoughts, but the bill was unsuccessful.

“Three times I put it up, three times it lost by one vote,” she said.

Senator Pauline Hanson said she would try to introduce the bill again next year, and told the government that as an independent senator she would not vote to pass any legislation until the current discrimination came to a stop. 

She also said despite the vaccine being mandated for the public, politicians were not being forced to take the vaccine, including herself and her staff.

Senator Amanda Stoker said she was fighting for fairness for the people who were facing unemployment and discrimination due to the vaccine mandates.

“There’s lots of understandable reasons why a person might want or need to exercise their right to decline to be vaccinated for now,” she said.

“In circumstances where the risk posed by unvaccinated people can be managed using affordable accessible rapid-antigen testing, or even with PCR tests, the exclusion of unvaccinated people from the dignity of work, their impoverishment and their marginalisation is disproportionate and draconian,” she said.

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Senator Amanda Stoker said the federal government could not override the mandates, and to do so would undermine the federation with harmful long-term effects on democracy.

“We don’t like them, but they are squarely in the domain of the state’s authority,” she said.

“The right approach is to hold the premier and her government to account with overwhelming pressure to do the right thing.

“Please contact your local labour MP from the state parliament – help them understand the harm they are doing to your life and to your family.”

Several business owners spoke about the impacts of the mandate on their industry, their families, their co-workers and their friends, including How We Roll cafe owner Kylie Lowery.

“[As] the owner of a much-loved cafe, I’m questioning how I’ve gone from an essential service from when Covid hit our shores, to non-essential to fit into a mandate,” she said.

“I’m questioning why I – a mum-of-four, country girl – will be facing jail time for not enforcing a mandate when 80% of the state is apparently double-vaxxed and apparently safe from a severe covid reaction.

“I’m questioning why I’m being forced to ask customers for their private medical information when it’s absolutely none of my business.”

“I’m questioning why I’m being asked to enforce segregation.”

David Pellowe said society had become addicted to government support and should be supporting each other as a community instead.

“We need to get back to more of a community focus instead of an individual focus, and be less reliant on government for our success and health,” he said.

The full recording of the meeting and each individual speech can be accessed on the Pro-Choice Anti-Mandate Logan City Queensland Facebook page.

A petition against the mandate is now up on the website for the community to sign, and resources, updates and communication will continually be made available on Facebook and the website.