Mr Porter said if a vaccination objector did or said something that left a doctor unwilling to vaccinate their child then “that is a choice that person makes”.
“But they need to know there are still consequences to such a choice – being a loss of family tax and childcare benefits – and such a person would be gravely mistaken if they considered that was a way around the new rules,” Mr Porter, a former lawyer with the Director of Public Prosecutions in WA, said.
“A vaccination objector with some unfounded general opposition to vaccination may say to a doctor they consider the new rules are unfair … but that does not change the fact that the no jab, no pay policy is a reasonable and lawful way to protect Australian children from the bad choices of a small minority acting completely contrary to best medical evidence.”
The mother, who doesn’t want her name published for fear of her young child being targeted at school, told The Sunday Times there was “not enough transparency around the questionable safety of vaccines”.
Another parent also challenging the policy described how she had trouble convincing a GP to sign the statutory declaration.
AMA WA president Michael Gannon said GPs were caught in the middle and anti-vaxxers were potentially coercing their doctors. He said anti-vaxxers were “playing games with their children’s lives against proven treatments”.
Mr Porter said the Turnbull Government was determined to get community immunisation rates up past the 95 per cent required to protect all children again diseases.
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