Why Queenslanders are planning a protest march to keep the state’s border closed to the rest of Australia
- The Health before Profit group will meet in Brisbane CBD on Friday at 5.30pm
- The group will gather to support health professionals and Covid-19 restrictions
- Group says pressure to open is driven by business rather than public health
- They believe vaccines and health restrictions should be used to eliminate the virus
A group of Queensland residents will take to the streets to protest the premature opening of the state border, saying the pressure to open is driven by business rather than public health.
The Health before Profits group will gather in Brisbane’s CBD at 5:30pm Friday to support health workers and Covid-19 restrictions, including lockdowns and state border closures.
Spokesperson Duncan Hart says the group wants to show public support for the Queensland government’s measures and respond to the ‘far-right anti-health marches’ in Melbourne this week.
The Health before Profits group will meet Friday at 5.30pm to support health professionals and Covid-19 restrictions in Brisbane’s CBD (stock image)
He says the idea of ’living with Covid’ was foisted on the rest of the country by NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian and the federal coalition government.
“This is despite the fact that most states are largely free-living precisely because we have kept Covid out and acted quickly in NSW to eliminate outbreaks when they have occurred,” Mr Hart said.
“This is a blatant prioritization of business profits in Australia over public health needs, putting the country at risk of treading the path of the UK and US, where hundreds of daily deaths have become the new norm.”
Spokesperson Duncan Hart says the group wants to show public support for the Queensland government’s measures and respond to Melbourne’s ‘far-right anti-health marches’
The Health before Profit group believes the vaccination coverage targets used by the Doherty Institute model for the reopening of the national plan are misleading because they do not cover the entire population.
Mr Hart said 70 percent of eligible people who were vaccinated were only 56 percent of the total population and that easing restrictions at that level puts unvaccinated children, indigenous communities and the disabled at risk.
“This is a harsh and horrible goal to strive for,” he said.
“Even while we are still in lockdown, we can see the health system at a breaking point in NSW today.”
“We want to reiterate recent concerns expressed by health workers’ unions across Victoria that their hospitals will be overrun with Covid patients as restrictions are eased while millions are still unvaccinated.”
Mr Hart said authorities and the general public should use vaccines and health restrictions to eliminate the virus instead.
The group says the pressure to open is driven by business rather than public health (stock image)
Mr Hart said authorities and the general public should use vaccines and health restrictions to eliminate the virus instead (stock image)