Scott Morrison’s plan for vaccine passport for domestic travel faces ‘significant’ opposition – as debate rages over whether it will be needed even to get into pubs and go shopping
- Federal government pushing through with QR-code vaccination passport
- Australians travelling overseas would use codes to link vaccines to MyGov portal
- People would link accounts to prove their jab history and for border declarations
- Scott Morrison is pushing for system to also be used for domestic flights
- Some want it used to even track people going to supermarkets and pubs
- MPs from his party have been resistant to its use in common situations
Scott Morrison‘s plan for vaccine passports limiting access to air travel – and potentially even workplaces, sports and cultural events plus pubs and eateries – to those who’ve had jabs has reportedly split his government with some MPs saying it goes too far.
Mr Morrison backed a vaccination certificate system in an expenditure review committee meeting last week, according to reports by the Sydney Morning Herald, that will see Aussies needing to show evidence of vaccination from their MyGov accounts if they want to travel.
While the use of such a system for international travel seems inevitable as airlines themselves will require it, the Coalition is split on whether it should also be compulsory for domestic travel.
Some health experts have gone further and recommended that it even be used to enable entry to pubs, shops and supermarkets as the post-pandemic world takes shape.
The Herald report said Mr Morrison’s proposal had met ‘significant’ opposition within the government’s own ranks.
The federal government are pushing through with a QR-code vaccination passport for international travel in the future as part of the long term plan to re-opening borders
The Coalition is however split on using the system for things like domestic travel and as basic as going to the pub and checking into to shops and supermarkets
The new system would see finally see Australians allowed to head abroad by using the vaccine certificate system through scanning QR codes and logging into their government profile to show proof of vaccination.
The current MyGov portal, which handles things like tax and support payments, will have additional platforms to hold digital vaccination certificates and border declarations.
The move would completely digitalise the international travel process for Australians, storing all personal information from health to movement under the MyGov app.
The PM believes making the system compulsory for even domestic flights would provide extra incentive for Australians to get vaccinated, with the government having set an ambitious target of 80% public vaccination rate before being able to end recurring lockdowns.
His party is split on whether it should be used in domestic travel and more basic situations including shopping, restaurants and bars.
Several MPs voiced their concern and objection to the system during the committee meeting, saying the mandatory system was too extreme.
Most supported its use for international travel, but the draconian instituting of it in every day practices was a point of contention for many party ministers.
Liberal senator Alex Antic was among those opposing broad discrimination on the basis of vaccine status, saying it would create a ‘two-tiered’ society.
‘Australians should not be denied access to services on the basis of their willingness to undergo a medical procedure,’ Sen. Antic said.
‘This is an incredibly slippery slope and may well set a precedent for further discrimination in the future.’
The PM wants the system used domestically as well as internationally, and believes it could provide the motivation for Australians to reach the 80% vaccination number that is being thrown around as the magic figure to end lockdowns
The United Kingdom and France are moving forward with vaccination passports, looking to implement them into crowds for sporting events, tourist attractions and even nightclubs.
UK PM Boris Johnson has promised ‘to make full vaccination the condition of entry to nightclubs and other venues where large crowds gather’ by the end of September, while the European Union have the vaccine passport system in place to allow people to move freely without quarantining at their destinations.
In France venues of more than 50 people must have people check in with vaccine passports and they will look to extend the program to include cafes, restaurants, bars and into travel.
The French proposal has sparked widespread protests across the country.
The passports wouldn’t be a completely foreign idea to Australians, as the country currently functions under the No Jab No Play rule in schools.
Aussie students must be vaccinated for a series of different conditions at varying ages or be restricted from family support payments and potentially be removed from schools for periods of time if there are fears of infection or transmission.
The use of an international travel certificate system draws familiarities to the school’s vaccination system, but its necessity in everyday use remains under scrutiny.
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