The Australian Government, and other governments worldwide, have said that they would like everyone to get the coronavirus vaccine when it becomes available. Many stoopid politicians (yes, you Dan Andrews and others) have said that we can't go back to "normal" (I really hate that word now!) until a vaccine is available and the whole population gets it.
Unfortunately the Australian constitution (section 51, xxiii) states that the government cannot make any medical treatment mandatory or to use coercion to enforce a mandate, and medical treatments can only be given lawfully with the individual's full informed consent. This includes vaccinations. Various state laws in Australia also have a charter of human rights that similarly prevent medical treatments without full consent.
So instead the state and federal governments and politicians have already been warning us that a COVID vaccination will be "as close to mandatory as possible", which the Prime Minister has said recently (ABC news, 2020). But that means using coercion, which is also illegal. Never mind a few broken laws from hypocritical and lying politicians... it wouldn't be the first time.
If you decide that the new, untested, and unproven, and even unnecessary COVID vaccination is not your cup of tea, and you quite rightly want to decline it because you have read the research on the lack of safety testing or the lack of inert placebo-controlled trials (some COVID vaccine tests are using the dangerous meningococcal vaccine as the "control" group!) or you simply want to exercise your right to not have a "medical treatment" or be coerced into some government-sponsored propaganda... then you might be in for a shock.
The Australian government updated many laws during the alleged pandemic, including the Biosecurity Act (2015). It now states that (Hart, 2020):
• If an individual is required to comply with a biosecurity measure (wearing of a mask or vaccination), they can only do so if the individual consents to the measure, BUT
• An individual failing to comply with a biosecurity measure may be committing an offence, and
• The penalty for failing to comply with a biosecurity measure is 5 years in jail, or a 300-unit penalty, or both.
• Under Commonwealth Law, a "penalty unit" implies a fine of $222.
Hence a 300-unit penalty for not complying with a directive to get the COVID vaccine, which is legally voluntary (!), IF such a vaccine can actually be developed, can be $66,600! Or 5 years jail, or both.
I don't think there are enough spaces in jail for everyone who is likely to tell the government where to go with a COVID vaccine requirement, or enough court time to process all the cases. There are a couple of legal firms around Australia who are challenging many of the ridiculous fines being handed out by over-zealous police around the country, based on illegal "laws".
The potential penalties of 5 years in jail or a $66,600 fine, or both, is ridiculous, excessive, and just plain stupid - for a virus that is found only after testing people who have no symptoms, where only 0.3% of those who are tested are given a "positive" test result, based on a PCR test that reports up to 80% of results as false positives, which only causes issues in people over 50 years of age who have one or more existing chronic health issues, and when 99.9% of them still survive...
If these penalties are so excessive, to attempt to coerce you into a non-existent vaccine, while claiming that this is "voluntary" or "not mandatory", you have to wonder why does the government want to force this onto you, your family and you kids? Do you think this is fair?
Stay informed, and stay healthy!
ABC News. (2020). COVID vaccine likely to be mandatory in Australia, Scott Morrison says after signing deal with Oxford University. Retrieved 4th November 2020 from https://www.abc.net.au/.../morrison-coronavirus.../12572992
Hart, E. (2020). Covid-19: Less haste, more safety. British Medical Journal, 370. Doi: 10.1136/bmj.m3258