Queensland police officers bring police to court over COVID vaccine mandates

about 50 Queensland Police officers and staff took their fight to a COVID-19 Delegating the vaccine to the Industrial Relations Committee, claiming the guidance was invalid.

More than 55 police and staff members were suspended for failing to comply with Commissioner Katrina Carroll’s directive for 17,200 members of the force to be arrested.

In September, Ms. Carroll directed her staff to at least one shot by 4 October and a second by 24 January.

But attorney Thomas Allan – who represents 39 officers and 10 employees – told the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission on Thursday that Ms Carroll had failed to comply with relevant approved and award agreements, had failed to consult on guidance, and had issued guidance overriding it. powers.

More than 55 police and staff members have been suspended for failing to comply with Commissioner Katrina Carroll’s directive for 17,200 members of the force to be arrested (Pictured, officers at an environmental protest in Brisbane in October)

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Should the police be vaccinated against the virus?

  • Yes – they are in contact with many people 80 votes
  • No – it’s their choice 286 votes

Three of the applicants testified at the Industrial Relations Committee hearing, which was attended by about 50 people on Thursday.

The court also heard Deputy Commissioner Douglas Smith said that consultations prior to issuing the guidance included a meeting with five unions on 1 September.

The police commissioner’s legal representative, James Murdoch, told the hearing that it would be “stupid” to suggest that the organization could consult thousands of employees individually, or without dealing with unions.

When asked if there has been an increase in the number of employees who have concerns about their safety since the directive, Mr Smith said a number had raised welfare issues in the exemption process.

Legal representatives will argue the matter over whether the court has jurisdiction over mandatory vaccinations at a two-day hearing next week (pictured, a woman being vaccinated in Brisbane)

Legal representatives will argue the matter over whether the court has jurisdiction over mandatory vaccinations at a two-day hearing next week (pictured, a woman being vaccinated in Brisbane)

Mr. Murdoch also contacted infectious disease specialist Dr. Andrew Redmond, who said the vaccination is aimed at preventing the acquisition of disease or the development of severe manifestations of the disease.

The Queensland Police Union has joined the government in responding to the actions of officers and staff, which has received more than $122,000 in support through crowdfunding.

“We are not pro- or anti-vaccine – this is not a pro- or anti-vaccine issue,” says the GoFundMe page.

It is a question of whether our employers, on behalf of the government, can authorize civil enlistment and interfere with the patient-physician relationship by enforcing a vaccine.

Carol previously said that any employee who fails to meet the deadline will be suspended for a week for their pay, and then asked to explain why they should not be suspended without pay.

At the direction of the police, exceptions may be granted for health, religious reasons, or in exceptional circumstances.

Police said they are working through internal records to identify members who have not received at least one COVID-19 vaccine and do not have an approved exemption.

As of Wednesday, the 36 officers and 24 staff members have been suspended, but since then one officer and one staff member have complied with the directive and their suspensions have been rescinded, a spokesperson said.

In September, Queensland Police Commissioner Katharina Carroll (pictured) directed staff to release at least one vaccination by 4 October and a second dose by 24 January

In September, Queensland Police Commissioner Katharina Carroll (pictured) directed staff to release at least one vaccination by 4 October and a second dose by 24 January

A total of 438 employees did not formally register their vaccinations in line with the commissioner’s directives.

“The majority of these are not in the workplace for a variety of reasons including maternity leave, pre-retirement leave and leave due to medical issues,” the spokeswoman told AAP on Thursday.

There appears to have been no significant change in resignation rates, as police were unable to provide specific numbers of members who had resigned due to the vaccine mandate.

The Industrial Relations Committee’s bid is separate from the Supreme Court’s appeal involving police and health care workers.

Legal representatives will argue the matter over whether the court has jurisdiction over mandatory vaccinations at a two-day hearing next week.

The officers behind the legal challenge are fighting a trend they say “impairs, affects, or nullifies their basic common law rights.”

During a review at the Brisbane High Court earlier this week, Judge Jean Dalton extended the authorization hold for those workers who applied in the proceedings.

The full commission of the commission is expected to issue its decision within a week.

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