New Australian law allows forced vaccinations, quarantine or jail to ‘prevent the spread of disease’
Individuals suspected of having a serious contagious disease could face five years in prison if they defy orders to stay at home – including forced vaccinations, searches without a warrant and more – according to new legislation passed into Australian law.
The Biosecurity Bill 2014 cleared parliament yesterday, and is aimed at ‘preventing’ the spread of diseases, such as Ebola, in human populations and agriculture, despite having no confirmed cases of the outbreak in Australia.
The government expects the human control orders to be ‘seldom used’, but believes they are important to manage serious communicable diseases, especially in light of the recent Ebola epidemic.
New human biosecurity control orders enable a health department official to force anyone with signs or symptoms of a listed disease to isolate themselves or face arrest.
The director of human…
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