Scott Morrison’s plan for a vaccine passport for domestic travel has met ‘considerable’ opposition – as debate rages over whether it will even be necessary to go to pubs and go shopping
- Federal government continues with QR code vaccination passport
- Australians traveling abroad would use codes to link vaccines to the MyGov portal
- People would link accounts to prove their puncture history and for border declarations
- Scott Morrison urges the system to be used for domestic flights as well
- Some even want it to track people who go to supermarkets and pubs
- MPs of his party were resistant to its use in common situations
Scott Morrison’s plan for vaccine passports that restrict access to air travel – and possibly even workplaces, sporting and cultural events plus pubs and eateries – to those who have been vaccinated has reportedly divided his government, with some MPs saying it’s going too far. goes.
Mr Morrison supported a system of vaccination certificates at a spending control committee meeting last week, according to reports from the Sydney Morning Herald, requiring Aussies to show proof of vaccination from their MyGov accounts if they wish to travel.
While the use of such a system for international travel seems inevitable as airlines will demand it themselves, the coalition is divided on whether it should also become mandatory for domestic travel.
Some health experts have gone further, recommending even using it to access pubs, shops and supermarkets as the post-pandemic world takes shape.
The Herald report said Mr Morrison’s proposal had encountered “considerable” opposition within the government’s own ranks.
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However, the coalition is divided over using the system for things like domestic travel and as simple as going to the pub and checking in at shops and supermarkets.
The new system would allow Australians to finally go abroad by using the vaccine certificate system by 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 get additional platforms for keeping digital vaccination certificates and border declarations.
The move would completely digitize the international travel process for Australians and store all personal information from health to exercise under the MyGov app.
The Prime Minister believes mandating the system for even domestic flights would provide an additional incentive for Australians to get vaccinated, as the government has set an ambitious target of 80% public vaccination coverage before it can end recurring lockdowns .
His party is divided on whether it should be used for domestic travel and for more basic situations, including shops, restaurants and bars.
During the committee meeting, several MPs expressed their concern and objection to the system, because the mandatory system was too extreme.
Most supported its use for international travel, but its draconian implementation in everyday practice was a point of contention for many party ministers.
Liberal Senator Alex Antic was one of the opponents of broad discrimination based on vaccine status, saying it would create a “dual” society.
“Australians should not be denied access to services based on their willingness to undergo a medical procedure,” Senator Antic said.
“This is an incredibly slippery slope and could set a precedent for further discrimination in the future.”
The Prime Minister wants the system used both domestically and internationally, and believes it could motivate Australians to reach the 80% vaccination number being thrown around as the magic number to end lockdowns
The UK and France are going ahead with vaccination passports and want to implement them in crowds for sporting events, tourist attractions and even nightclubs.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged to “make full vaccination the precondition for entry to nightclubs and other venues where large crowds gather” by the end of September, while the European Union has introduced the vaccine passport system to allow people to move freely without being quarantined on their destination.
In France, sites of more than 50 people are required to check in people with vaccine passports and they will try to expand the program to include cafes, restaurants, bars and travel.
The French proposal sparked widespread protests across the country.
The passports wouldn’t be a completely foreign idea to Australians as the country currently operates under the No Jab No Play rule in schools.
Aussie students must be vaccinated against a range of different ailments at different ages or be restricted from family assistance and may be removed from school for some time if there is a fear of infection or transmission.
The use of an international travel certificate system publicizes the school’s vaccination system, but its necessity in everyday use remains under scrutiny.