Politician has Karl Stefanovic in hysterics as he mocks Byron Bay anti-vaxxers for holding bizarre ‘freedom rally’ despite not being in lockdown, saying ‘white wavy linen won’t protect you from Covid’
- Federal employment secretary called Byron Bay anti-vaxxers ‘crazy’ on Monday
- He begged ‘linen-wearing’ locals to get the jab after getting a ‘soy latte’
- Only 31 percent of the people at the holiday destination have been vaccinated
- Today Show host Karl Stefanovic couldn’t contain his laughter
- On Saturday, locals who are not in lockdown participated in bizarre ‘freedom’ rally
Trendy, linen-wearing Byron Bay residents who refuse to get the Covid jab have been labeled ‘crazy’ for holding a ‘freedom rally’ despite not being in lockdown.
Today presenter Karl Stefanovic was in fits of laughter as Employment Minister Stuart Robert mocked Australia’s anti-vaccination capital for its bizarre local population.
“People in Byron Bay and northern NSW need to understand that white wavy linen won’t protect you from Covid – it’s just not going to run away,” he said.
Stefanovic had just noted that only 31 percent of residents over the age of 15 in the area had been vaccinated, compared to 52.7 percent in all of NSW.
Byron Bay residents flooded the streets on Saturday during an anti-lockdown protest despite not being in lockdown
Mr Roberts continued his biting jokes as he pleaded with residents of nearby Mullumbimby and Nimbin to “get off the hills” to get the Covid jab.
‘It’s not difficult. Just like you drive to the beach and get your soy latte cafe with an orange twist, get vaccinated along the way,” he said.
Stefanovic laughed so hard that he was almost speechless when he turned to radio host and TV personality Gus Worland.
‘There you go. That looks like you, Gus. A soy latte and some linen,’ he joked.
Worland explained that his daughter had booked a school trip to Byron Bay, but the holiday had been canceled due to Covid.
Karl Stefanovik (center) couldn’t contain his laughter on Monday when Steward Robert (left) said white linen wouldn’t stop covid (right: Gus Worland)
About 300 protesters in Byron Bay took part in an anti-lockdown march on Saturday (pictured, a bikini-clad protester)
“Get the shot,” he said. “I know it’s not what you want, but we live in a democracy. It means…actually majority rules.’
On Saturday, about 300 residents of Byron Bay – who have not been locked since September 11 – flooded the streets chanting ‘freedom’.
The first signs of the protest were fairly peaceful, with locals being spotted with a series of bizarre slogans that read ‘my body, my choice’ and ‘stop the human rights violation’.
Pictured: Protesters at Saturday’s ‘freedom rally’ in Byron Bay. People in the coastal town were released from restrictions on September 11
Local police in Byron Bay have made a few arrests (pictured), but the protest was deemed largely peaceful by authorities
The presence of a large riot police initially outnumbered the protesters when they first gathered outside the Byron Bay Court House.
The numbers quickly increased, and Matt Kehoe, Superintendent of the Tweed Byron Precinct, ordered them to disperse.
When the protesters ignored the direction, officers made several arrests outside the local courthouse and later when the protesters moved to Apex Park on Main Beach.
NSW Police said 11 people were arrested and 28 people were fined in the popular holiday destination.
Byron Bay residents flocked to protest with bizarre anti-vaccination and anti-lockdown signs
Only 31 percent of people in Byron Bay have been vaccinated. Pictured: A ‘Freedom Rally’ on Saturday
Local residents were spotted holding a number of anti-lockdown signs – despite the closure in Byron Bay being formally lifted on September 11.
Meanwhile, Sydneysiders stuck in a soul-crushing ultra-tough lockdown are now enjoying the same relaxed restrictions as the rest of Sydney as vaccination coverage moves closer to the 70 percent double dose milestone – as 935 new cases are registered.
Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian reiterated the call for NSW not to become complacent despite declining daily infections, which fell below 1,000 for the first time in more than a month.
More than 82.2 percent of eligible residents have received their first Covid-19 shot, while 52.7 percent are now fully vaccinated.