Row over COVID vaccination advice for Perth's Australia Day fireworks amid council backdown

25/01/2022 11:36:00 AM
Row over COVID vaccination advice for Perth's Australia Day fireworks amid council backdown

Row over COVID vaccination advice for Perth's Australia Day fireworks amid council backdown

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Row over COVID vaccination advice for Perth's Australia Day fireworks amid council backdown

A short-lived requirement for people attending Perth's Australia Day Skyworks to be vaccinated against COVID-19 ends in a dispute between the city council and WA government.

The council says it simply followed WA government health adviceonly people who could provide proof of vaccination would be welcome to watch tomorrow's Skyworks displayBut on Monday afternoon, the council conceded unvaccinated people, or those who had only had just one vaccination,

"We never suggested that, that was the City of Perth," he told reporters this morning."They will randomly or otherwise ask people for their ID and also proof of vaccination," he said.(Mr Zempilas later told Nine Radio if someone did not comply with the order, it would be a matter for the police to deal with, as the marshals would not have the power to move anybody on.

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The West Australian government has rejected claims it advised the City of Perth that people attending its Australia Day fireworks event would need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.2015 report by the Australian Meat Processor Corporation put the percentage of the workforce on casual contracts at 20 per cent, with no sick leave benefits and the ability to be sacked "on any given day part-way through a shift"..Covid update: NSW premier Dominic Perrottet said extending restrictions was a matter of priorities.

Key points: A City of Perth vaccination order for the Skyworks has been changed The council says it simply followed WA government health advice Mark McGowan says his government never suggested the policy Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas announced last week only people who could provide proof of vaccination would be welcome to watch tomorrow's Skyworks display from the banks of the Swan River. "If people don’t have proof of vaccination, those people will be asked to leave," he said last Tuesday. Submissions to the Senate's select committee inquiry into job security suggest industry employment practices have not improved since then. But on Monday afternoon, the council conceded unvaccinated people, or those who had only had just one vaccination, The council said the original decision to apply the double vaccination requirement was based on health advice provided to them by the state government. WA Premier Mark McGowan has flatly rejected that assertion. Real reform needed Putting meat workers in greater jeopardy should not have been the solution to the poor working conditions and practices that have made meat-processing facilities high-risk vectors for COVID-19 transmission. "We never suggested that, that was the City of Perth," he told reporters this morning. NSW premier Dominic Perrottet made the announcement as the state recorded 18,512 new Covid cases and 29 deaths.

What happened? When announcing the Skyworks show would return after being cancelled in 2021, Mr Zempilas said 80 "COVID marshals" would roam the northern banks of the Swan River as crowds gathered to watch the fireworks. This current crisis should have been foreseeable, even allowing for the Omicron variant. "They will randomly or otherwise ask people for their ID and also proof of vaccination," he said. "That will be an honour system … and we will ask people to have those details to provide on request. In , sub-contractors and casual workers are paid the same wages as directly employed staff, and meat plant workers receive up to five weeks of paid holidays a year." About 200,000 people are expected to watch Perth's Australia Day fireworks this year. ( ABC News: Robert Koenig-Luck ) Mr Zempilas later told Nine Radio if someone did not comply with the order, it would be a matter for the police to deal with, as the marshals would not have the power to move anybody on. It's not too late for Australia to follow these examples and make meaningful reforms that can reduce the likelihood of this mistake being repeated, by ensuring better working conditions across the meat industry. I want there to be confidence in our parents, I want there to be confidence in our teachers that we can get kids back in the classroom for day one, term one,” Perrottet said.

He said the city council was proceeding on health advice given to them by the state government. But Police Minister Paul Papalia yesterday insisted the requirement was something the city had applied under its own accord. This piece first appeared on. "I'm not aware of the state having imposed any obligations around vaccination certificates in outdoor settings," he said. "There's no obligation at this stage for outside events, so that is something that won't be happening." Mark McGowan says his government never suggested people who attend Wednesday's fireworks show needed to be vaccinated. Victoria recorded 14,836 new Covid cases, an increase on the 11,695 a day earlier, and 29 deaths.

( ABC News: James Carmody ) The proof-of-vaccination requirement was not the policy of the City of South Perth, where people were also expected to gather to watch the show. On Monday afternoon, the City of Perth updated its Skyworks event website saying proof of vaccination was no longer a requirement. 'Softening' of health advice Mr Zempilas said this morning the change came after the council simply received new health advice. "There has since been a softening in what the expectation is from the Department of Health. There was some lag in that being communicated to us," he told ABC Radio Perth. The deputy state controller of Victoria’s health system operations, Adam Horsburgh, said the campaign would also “relieve some of the pressure that our frontline doctors and nurses are facing”.

"That expectation and requirement is no longer in place." Proof-of-vaccination entry requirements have become commonplace at many venues across WA. ( ABC News: Nic Perpitch ) Mr Zempilas fronted reporters later in the day and read from an email purporting to show the initial health advice provided to council. "'It's better to forewarn people of restrictions than to ease them'," Mr Zempilas quoted from the email he said was sent from a Health Department officer on January 7. "That's why the advice was that you will be required to be double vaccinated. In Queensland , there were 9,546 new Covid infections and 11 deaths, though the state’s chief health officer John Gerrard is confident the state is approaching the peak of its Omicron wave.

" "The policy has changed because the health department have changed the policy around Australia Day." Read more about the vaccine rollout: .