Coercive Coronavirus Vaccination in Australia – PM Scott Morrison and the Murdoch Media

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Coercive Coronavirus Vaccination in Australia – PM Scott Morrison and the Murdoch Media.

By Elizabeth Hart

Is the coercive vaccination No Jab, No Pay Law for children, orchestrated by Murdoch tabloids and Australian politicians in 2015, now being adapted to coerce all Australians to submit to fast-tracked experimental coronavirus vaccination, e.g. No Jab, No Pay/No Play?

Will coercive vaccination laws also be used to make children be vaccinated with fast-tracked experimental coronavirus vaccine products, despite the fact children are generally not at risk with SARS-CoV-2?[1] Professor Brendan Murphy has indicated children may be vaccinated with coronavirus vaccines in the future[2], and there is currently an Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine trial underway in the UK involving children[3] – is this ethical, to vaccinate children potentially every year against a virus which isn’t currently a threat to them?

Mr Morrison, in August last year, you said you would expect coronavirus vaccination “to be as mandatory as you can possibly make it“, in a radio interview with Neil Mitchell on 3AW693 News Talk [4].

This is alarming, because much remains unknown about the origins of SARS-CoV-2, and the fast-tracked coronavirus vaccine products you plan to press upon the Australian community, without public consultation, by October 2021 [5]. Doctors and nurses must think very carefully about their duty to obtain ‘informed consent’ before the medical intervention of vaccination. The AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines have only received provisional approval from the TGA, and it remains unknown whether these vaccines prevent transmission or asymptomatic disease [6][7], and yet Mr Morrison, you plan to rush these still experimental vaccine products out to millions of Australians, presumably with the endorsement of the COVID-19 Vaccines and Treatments for Australia – Science and Industry Technical Advisory Group, and the National COVID-19 Commission.

Why is mass vaccination of the entire global population being pursued for this virus which isn’t a serious risk for most people?

Why were so many resources poured into developing 250 current vaccine candidates[8], rather than focussing on effective treatments for vulnerable groups, including tackling vitamin D deficiency?

Despite all the fear-mongering headlines, analysis of deaths attributed to COVID-19 indicates the SARS-CoV-2 virus is not currently a threat to most people under the age of 70 years, and not necessarily a death sentence for all those over 70 years[9]. With this vast global coronavirus vaccination experiment it’s planned to subject everyone to potentially annual vaccination against a virus which isn’t a serious risk for most people. I suggest this global experiment contravenes the Helsinki Declaration which states: “Medical research involving human subjects may only be conducted if the importance of the objective outweighs the risks and burdens to the research subjects.”[10]

Mr Morrison you subsequently walked back on your mandatory vaccination comments in August last year, reportedly saying “It’s not going to be compulsory to have the vaccine…There are no mechanisms for compulsory…I mean, we can’t hold someone down and make them take it“[11].

But it then emerged more devious mechanisms are being planned to coerce people to submit to coronavirus vaccination, e.g. No Jab, No Pay/No Play, this concept originating in the No Jab, No Play media campaign for a coercive vaccination law for children, waged by Murdoch tabloids/News Corp Australia in 2013-2015.

A serious conflict of interest was not disclosed during the Murdoch tabloids’ No Jab, No Play campaign in 2013-2015, i.e. that News Corp Australia is a corporate partner of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute[12], which is involved in vaccination research, including now coronavirus vaccination research [13]. Murdoch media dominates in Australia, including over politicians who toe the Murdoch party line, e.g. by adopting the Murdoch tabloids’ No Jab, No Play campaign as the No Jab, No Pay Law in January 2016.

This is an example of a corporate media group, Murdoch tabloids/News Corp Australia, using its power and influence with politicians and the community to campaign for a law which may benefit its other corporate interests, e.g. vaccination research via the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

Now No Jab, No Pay/No Play is on the cards for adults in Australia, e.g

  • On news.com.au, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth suggests people could be coerced to submit to coronavirus vaccination via rules like No Jab, No Pay, which would restrict government payments. Dr Coatsworth also suggests other possible coercive measures, such as not being able to enter restaurants and pubs, or travel interstate or internationally, and even restrictions on moving within the community, if Australians refuse coronavirus vaccination [14].
  • 7 News headlining with No Jab, No Job, with Peter Strong, CEO of the Council of Small Business Organisations Australia arguing employees should be made to have coronavirus vaccination, at risk of losing their job[15]. The Murdoch tabloids’ ‘No Jab’ concept has also been picked up in the UK, with the UK Telegraph publishing an article
    titled No jab, no job policy should be the law [16].
  • Jane Halton, one of your key advisers on the National COVID-19 Commission Mr Morrison, also used the term No Jab, No Play in her call for mandatory coronavirus vaccination, during her National Press Club presentation in May last year[17], saying “Forget the ‘no jab, no play’ for kids, it’s now ‘no jab, no play’ for adults – and I would
    support that“, as reported in The Australian[18]. Jane Halton, a former Secretary of the Federal government’s departments of Health and Finance, numbers among one of her many roles Chair of CEPI, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation, an organisation founded in Davos by the governments of Norway and India, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome, and the World Economic Forum. As you know, CEPI has secured financial support from Australia and others, and is at the forefront of promoting coronavirus vaccine products via COVAX (of which Jane Halton is a co-Chair[19]), along with Gavi, the WHO and key delivery partner UNICEF[20]. Jane Halton was also a key player in Event 201, a pandemic tabletop exercise held in October 2019, based on a fictitious coronavirus outbreak starting in pig farms in Brazil. Event 201 was coordinated by the World Economic Forum, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Health Security [21], and appears to be the blueprint for the current industry-focussed and fear-mongering response to SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19. The World Economic Forum is now trying to use the COVID-19 crisis as an excuse to impose a global ‘Great Reset’ [22], but it’s questionable if this is for the benefit of the world’s broad population, or more likely for the powerful technocracy which is dominating the globe.

Mr Morrison, in regards to Dr Coatsworth’s reference to No Jab, No Pay and Jane Halton’s reference to No Jab, No Play, during your interview with Neil Mitchell last year you noted “I was the minister that established No Jab, No Play“. Perhaps it was a Freudian slip that you used the term No Jab, No Play, instead of No Jab, No Pay, because it was the Murdoch tabloids/News Corp Australia which initiated the No Jab, No Play concept in its campaign for coercive vaccination of children, launched on 5 May 2013, with Jane Hansen’s article No jab, no play campaign launched to ban unvaccinated kids from childcare centres and preschools in The Sunday Telegraph.

Are you aware that Samantha Maiden is claiming the credit for No Jab, No Pay, saying she influenced you to tighten vaccination exemptions during your interview with her in February 2015? She boasted about this on Twitter[23] and in an article on Murdoch media last year [24], after your interview with Neil Mitchell, also saying interviewing you was “like trying to interview the grumpy dwarf in Snow White“.

Also in 2015, while you were Social Services Minister, an article in The Sydney Morning Herald titled Scott Morrison will almost certainly lead the Liberals. The question is when? reported you had a private lunch with media mogul Rupert Murdoch. Did you discuss the Murdoch tabloids’ No Jab, No Play campaign during your lunch with Mr Murdoch? Did Rupert Murdoch personally influence you re the No Jab, No Pay Bill, which was raised in response to the Murdoch tabloids’ aggressive No Jab, No Play media campaign?

In April 2015, Samantha Maiden was proud to report “Our No Jab, No Play campaign has scored a stunning victory, with bipartisan support for the “conscientious objector” loophole to be completely closed to protect all children“, in an article titled Anti-vaccination parents face $15,000 welfare hit under ‘No Jab’ reforms in The Sunday Telegraph. Then Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Greens Leader Richard Di Natale had all provided wholehearted support for the Murdoch tabloids’ No Jab, No Play campaign. Former Senator Richard Di Natale was in attendance at the Senate Committee Public Hearing re the No Jab, No Pay Bill on 2 November 2015, and dominated the proceedings.

Certainly the Murdoch tabloids ran a relentless campaign for coercive vaccination of children over the years, with articles such as Claire Harvey’s Anti-vaxers, you are baby killers [25], and Jane Hansen’s Anti-vax mob full of jabber [26]. Australian politicians across the political spectrum obliged the Murdoch tabloids by making their No Jab, No
Play campaign the No Jab, No Pay Law[27] in January 2016, under then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

The vicious No Jab, No Play media campaign aimed to ban unvaccinated children from childcare and preschools. While prevention of infectious diseases in children via vaccination may seem a laudable aim, the Murdoch tabloids’ polarising campaign for coercive vaccination failed to acknowledge legitimate concerns about the ever-increasing number of vaccine products and revaccinations on the taxpayer-funded schedule, which I describe as ‘over-vaccination, and the infringement of the right to ‘informed consent’ before these medical interventions.

As noted previously, a very serious omission from the Murdoch tabloids’ No Jab, No Play campaign was disclosure of conflicts of interest, i.e. that News Corp Australia (and Foxtel) is a corporate partner of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute[28], an organisation which is involved in vaccine research, e.g. via the Vaccine and Immunisation Research Group (VIRGo), a collaboration between the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity at the University of Melbourne [29]. The original Murdoch Institute was founded by Rupert Murdoch’s mother Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, and her family and others[30]. Lachlan Murdoch’s partner Sarah Murdoch is on the Board of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute[31], and is also the Ambassador for the Institute [32].

Currently VIRGo acknowledges funding from vaccine manufacturers Seqirus (CSL), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Janssen and Merck. VIRGo leads the vax4COVID alliance at the Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity and the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute – vax4COVID is “an alliance of experienced Australian vaccine clinical trial centres
formed to facilitate the conduct of Phase II trials of SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidates” [33].

Professor Terry Nolan is the Group Leader of VIRGo, which he established in the early 1990s [34]. Professor Nolan was Associate Director of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in the late 1990s, and has continued an appointment to the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute as a Professorial Research Fellow, along with being Group Leader of VIRGo. His research has been principally in immunisation and clinical trials of new vaccines. At the same time as being associated with VIRGo and the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Professor Nolan also chaired the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) for nine years (from 2005 to 2014)[35], with ATAGI being very influential in advising the Minister for Health on vaccines, including those on the taxpayerfunded National Immunisation Program Schedule (e.g. the Gardasil HPV vaccine and others), and providing vaccine industry sponsors with pre-submission advice for potential submissions to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) [36]. Professor Nolan also served a six year appointment on the WHO principal global advisory group on immunisation, SAGE (Scientific Advisory Group of Experts) [37], and so has connections across the international vaccination policy network, which strangely appears to be led by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation [38].

News Corp Australia articles promoting vaccination in The Daily Telegraph, Herald Sun, Courier Mail, Adelaide Advertiser, and The Australian etc, continue to fail to disclose News Corp Australia’s association with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. In the interests of transparency, News Corp Australia publications should properly disclose
their conflict of interest on vaccine articles, as currently readers/subscribers are generally in the dark about this association, which may bias reporting on vaccine matters. A disclosure statement stating for example News Corp Australia is a corporate partner of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, which is involved in vaccination research, including coronavirus vaccination research, would provide readers with background information that would better inform their understanding of the article.

Mr Morrison, you have a close relationship with the Murdoch media/News Corp Australia which is significantly impacting on Australia’s taxpayer-funded vaccination policy. Recently you and Professor Brendan Murphy participated in a Q&A about coronavirus vaccination on The Daily Telegraph’s Facebook page, convened by Samantha Maiden[39]. This was very much about coronavirus vaccine promotion, as overseen by Samantha Maiden, but there was no disclosure that The Daily Telegraph/News Corp Australia is a corporate partner of an organisation involved in coronavirus vaccine research, i.e. the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. It’s ironic that during this vaccine hard sell exercise on Facebook you said “I think there’s a lot of information out there on Facebook and frankly I wouldn’t be paying attention to most of it…” I suggest neither you, nor Brendan Murphy, nor Samantha Maiden are ‘experts on vaccination’, and frankly I wouldn’t be relying on any of you for information on vaccine products.

Mr Morrison, there has been little or no scrutiny of the Murdoch tabloids’ manipulation of Australia’s taxpayerfunded vaccination policy, which has resulted in a coercive vaccination No Jab, No Pay law, and an everincreasing vaccination schedule, steeped in conflicts of interest.

In Australia we do not have an effective fourth estate shining a bright light in dark corners of government. Instead we have a corporate media apparently publishing in its own best interests, e.g. News Corp Australia. Subscribers who try to provide a counter view to the biased Murdoch media narrative via the comments section are often censored, as I know from personal experience. The taxpayer-funded ABC and SBS operate as government propaganda machines promoting vaccine products without question, and fail to provide critical analysis of taxpayer-funded vaccination policy. As a result, most Australians are poorly informed about the conflicts of interest surrounding the burgeoning
taxpayer-funded vaccination schedule.

This is just part of the murky story of conflicts of interest surrounding taxpayer-funded vaccination policy in Australia. There must be an investigation into how the conflicted Murdoch media/News Corp Australia has been allowed to be so influential on Australian taxpayer-funded vaccination policy, particularly now with all Australians being threatened with coercive coronavirus vaccination via No Jab, No Pay/No Play mechanisms.

Sincerely,
Elizabeth Hart
Independent person investigating the over-use of vaccine products and conflicts of interest in vaccination policy.

References:
1. “…most paediatric cases with laboratory-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection are mild; severe COVID-19 disease in children is rare”. See comment published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health: The immune system of children: the key to understanding SARS-CoV-2 susceptibility? Rita Crsetti et al. Volume 4, Issue 6, P414-416, June 01, 2020.
2. Coronavirus Australia news: Herd immunity may need us to vaccinate children, Brendan Murphy tells parliamentary committee – as it happened. ABC News, 5 February 2021.
3. Covid: Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to be tested on children. BBC News, February 2021.
4. Scott Morrison expects COVID-19 vaccine will be ‘as mandatory as you can possibly make it’. 3AW693, 19 August 2020.
5. Australia’s COVID vaccine rollout to get an extra $1.9 billion to help hospitals, GPs deliver the jab. ABC News, 1 February 2021.
6. TGA provisionally approves AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine. 16 February 2021.
7. TGA provisionally approves Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. 25 January 2021.
8. According to the WHO COVID-19 – Landscape of novel coronavirus candidate vaccine development worldwide, there are currently 69 vaccines in clinical development, and 181 vaccines in pre-clinical development, accessed 18 February 2021.
9. See for example deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Sweden, with most deaths being attributed to people aged over 80 years: Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Sweden, by age groups (as of February 10, 2021). Statista, accessed 18 February 2021. These COVID-19 deaths must also be considered in light of Sweden’s population, life
expectancy, comorbidities, and expected annual deaths. All ‘case’ and mortality statistics attributed to SARS-CoV2/COVID-19 around the world must now be subjected to independent and objective critical analysis.
10. WMA Declaration of Helsinki – Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects. (9 July 2018.)
11. Scott Morrison walks back mandatory coronavirus vaccination comments. ABC News, 19 August 2020.
12. Murdoch Children’s Research Institute Corporate Partners webpage, accessed 18 February 2021.
13. Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Vaccine and Immunisation Research Group (VIRGo), Funding & Collaborations webpage, accessed 18 February 2021.
14. Coronavirus Australia: Deputy CMO Nick Coatsworth reveals possible restrictions for refusing vaccine. news.com.au, 20 August 2020.
15. No jab, no job: Businesses call for right to sack workers who refuse COVID vaccine. 7 News, 20 August 2020.
16. No jab, no job policy should be the law. The Telegraph, 28 January 2021.
17. In Conversation with Jane Halton. National Press Club of Australia, 18 May 2020.
18. Top adviser to Scott Morrison backs ‘no jab, no play’ for all. The Australian, 18 May 2020.
19. Jane Halton is co-chair of the COVAX Coordination Meeting, as noted in: COVAX Announces additional deals to access promising COVID-19 vaccine candidates; plans global rollout starting Q1 2021.
20. See the CEPI website for more information.
21. See the Event 201 A Global Pandemic Exercise website, accessed 18 February 2021.
22. The Great Reset on the World Economic Forum website, accessed 18 February 2021.
23. Samantha Maiden. Coronavirus vaccine: Truth behind Scott Morrison’s ‘No Jab, No Pay’ policy. news.com.au, 19 August 2020.
24. Samantha Maiden on Twitter – Alright, some of you asked this is the No Jab, No Pay backstory, 19 August 2020.
25. Claire Harvey: Anti-vaxxers, you are baby killers. The Daily Telegraph, 21 March 2015.
26. Jane Hansen: Anti-vax mob full of jabber. The Daily Telegraph, 8 November 2015.
27. Social Services Legislation Amendment (No Jab, No Pay) Act 2015. No. 158, 2015. An Act to amend the law relating to family assistance, and for related purposes. (Effective from 1 January 2016.)
28. Murdoch Children’s Research Institute Corporate Partners webpage, accessed 18 February 2021.
29. Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Vaccine and Immunisation Research Group (VIRGo), accessed 18 February 2021.
30. Murdoch Children’s Research Institute Our History webpage, accessed 18 February 2021.
31. Sarah Murdoch, Chair US Development Board, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Board and Committees webpage, accessed 18 February 2021.
32. Sarah Murdoch, Ambassador, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute webpage, accessed 18 February 2021.
33. Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Vaccine and Immunisation Research Group (VIRGo), Funding & Collaborations webpage, accessed 18 February 2021.
34. Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Professor Terry Nolan Biography webpage, accessed 18 February 2021.
35. Doherty Institute, Professor Terry Nolan AO webpage, accessed 18 February 2021.
36. Australian Government Department of Health, Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) webpage, accessed 18 February 2021.
37. Doherty Institute, Professor Terry Nolan AO webpage, accessed 18 February 2021.
38. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has extraordinary influence over international vaccination policy, for instance being the top funder of the World Health Organisation, which appears to me to be a front for the vaccine industry. See World Health Organisation Contributors updated until Q4-2020. I will expand further on the influence of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on international vaccination policy in future correspondence.
39. Prime Minister Scott Morrison answers COVID-19 jab questions. news.com.au, 3 February 2021.

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