The No Jab No Play legislation is a government policy that mandates 16 vaccines for use in children before they can be enrolled in childcare facilities. This enforces 16 vaccines on any child whose parents cannot afford to work without the help of childcare facilities and government subsidies.
In addition, the Australian government provides parents up to $30,000 per child/ per year in childcare subsidies and tax benefits for using 16 vaccines in their children and many parents cannot afford to lose these benefits.
These coercive policies mandate a medical intervention for many Australian children and this is a breach of bodily integrity using financial bribes for both doctors and parents.
On the 14 December 2018 the Western Australia (WA) government announced that it was introducing new regulations from 1 January 2019 to improve the vaccination rates for 16 diseases in WA. The question is:
‘Does raising the vaccination rate to 95% for 16 diseases improve the health of the population?’ What evidence supports this claim?
The Phase 1 Regulations were implemented by 1 January 2019 and the Phase 2 No Jab No Play bill is being drafted for implementation by 1 July 2019.
The Phase 1 regulations that were implemented on 1 January 2019 were not presented for public consultation before they were implemented (Letter to Roger Cook 25 January 2019) and they were rushed through the parliament over the Christmas period.
The new delegated legislation (regulations) that were added to the current Act includes:
- Requiring all kindergartens, childcare services and WA schools to collect and on request of the Chief Health Officer (CHO) report on the immunisation status of all students.
- The CHO has been given new powers to exclude under-vaccinated children from the facility for a period of time when there is a disease outbreak and when there is no disease outbreak.
- New powers have been given to the CHO so that ‘under-vaccinated’ children can now be excluded from facilities even when there is no outbreak of disease. For example, a child who has come into contact with a disease outside the school but who is not sick can now be excluded from school for a period of time without there being any outbreak in the school or evidence that they pose a risk to other students.
- A person in charge of a childcare service, kindergarten or school can be fined $1,000 if they permit a child to attend the facility in contravention of a direction from the CHO.
These regulations do not include the requirement for the CHO to maintain a public record of the vaccination status of children who get a case of an infectious disease. This would provide proof that there is a need to remove under-vaccinated children from early childhood/school facilities.
In other words, the government has rushed through new regulations that will ban healthy children from educational facitlites on the assumption that it is the unvaccinated children who are getting these diseases when we know that many vaccinated children are still getting these diseases.
I wrote to WA Premier Mark McGowan on 21 February 2019 asking why the WA government rushed through these new regulations without clarifying the CHO’s new powers and I provided him with the misinformation (Newsletter 223) that he is using to support this policy.
Further, the WA government has not provided any evidence that children’s health has improved with the use of ~16 vaccines from ages 0-14 years of age.
On the 9 March 2019 the West Australian newspaper reported that the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) – the medical board that represents 17,000 doctors and paediatricians plus 8,000 trainees – has stated that it wants an indepentent review into the States that have already implemented the No Jab No Play policies (NSW, Qld and Vic) to determine the effect of these policies on equity of access to early childhood education.
However, the West Australian framed its article (9 March 2019) as WA Doctors plead: don’t delay No Jab No Play. This is a false representation of WA doctors because it is the position of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) – an industry-medical lobby group that represents only 27% of all Australian doctors and an unknown number of doctors from WA.
Why is it necessary to wait for a review when it is plainly obvious that anyone who wants to use less than 16 vaccines in their children will have less access to early childhood education?
The WA premier and the West Australian are promoting No Jab No Play policies solely on the opinion of the AMA that does not represent even 50% of the medical profession.
These new regulations in WA, that have not been scrutinised by the community on whom they will be forced, have not been justified with scientific evidence by the WA government and they have the potential to do significant harm to children’s health due to the genetic variation of the population.
In 2017 when the WA No Jab No Play bill was first discussed in parliament, two members of the concerned WA community met with MLC representative of the Greens, Alison Xamon, to request that she table our petition of hundreds of signatures opposing the introduction of mandatory vaccination (an invasive medical intervention) with 16 vaccines to enrol in childcare facilities in the No Jab No Play bill.
Alison Xamon informed us that even though she agreed with our postion of choice in all medical interventions, including vaccines, in government policies she was unable to table our petition in the WA parliament because she was bound by the party position set by the federal Greens leader, Richard Di Natale. This position is to support mandatory vaccination with 16 vaccines in children in the No Jab No Play bill – regardless of the genetic diversity of the population – a policy that will cause serious harm to many children.
On the 5 March 2019 I contacted my local representative and WA Shadow Health Minister, Sean L’Estrange, to organise a meeting and discuss my concerns regarding the No Jab No Play Policy in WA based on my university research into government vaccination policies.
I received a response from Sean L’Estrange on 8 March 2019. This member of parliament who is also the Shadow Health Minister refused to meet with me to discuss my concerns and he ignored the 5 questions that I requested he ask in parliament of the current Health Minister, Roger Cook, to provide evidence that this policy was necessary. He suggested that I write to Mr. Cook with my concerns. Here is my follow up letter to Mark McGowan (5 March 2019) when I did not get a response from Roger Cook, the WA Health Minister, to my letter dated (25 January 2019).
Roger Cook provided me with a response to the community’s concerns regarding the Phase 1 regulations on 8 March 2019 – two months after they were implemented on 1 January 2019.
Sean L’Estrange also presented false and misleading information about the use of vaccines in human populations in his letter in which he refused to meet with me about the community’s concerns and he refused to ask the questions of the health minister, Roger Cook, that would provide the evidence for implementing this policy into WA. Here is the response that I have provided to Sean L’Estrange (20 March 2019)
This is a policy that mandates 16 vaccines in children – many of which have never been used in the adult population – and therefore could not have been responsible for creating herd immunity to control these infectious diseases.
In the interests of public health the NJNPlay policy must not be introduced into WA until the government provides evidence of the necessity for this policy. The question of liability for the harm these policies will cause in the population must also be deteremined before the WA government adopts this policy.
All politicians involved in implementing this policy will be held liable for the harm it will cause to childen’s health if they have not provided evidence for the necessity for this policy or evidence that it will not cause significant harm to the health of the community through chronic illness, disability and death.