11 December, 2021
Petition reaches record numbers
A PETITION initiated by Glen Allyn resident Matt Lachlan that calls for the Queensland Parliament to withdraw its anti-vaccine mandate has reached epic proportions, with 85,222 signatures it in the past 18 days.
Tabled in Parliament on Thursday morning, the e-petition is reported to be the most successful of its type in the past decade and the second biggest ever, reflecting the level of angst in the community about the anti-vaccine mandate which becomes effective on 17 December.
The mandate bans unvaccinated people from entering clubs, cafes, hotels, hospitals, sporting stadiums, festivals, cinemas, and aged care homes, theatres and other places and has been the subject of many rallies in the region during the past few weeks.
Mr Lachlan is still stunned by the how many people signed the petition.
“I'd like to sincerely thank everyone who supported, signed and shared the petition to the QLD Parliament titled ‘Stop Queensland's proposed Covid-19 vaccination segregation policy’,” he said.
The petition commenced the day after the policy was announced and gathered 89,760 signatures but after being checked by the Clerk of the Parliament, the number was reduced by around 4000.
“This is a stunning result. This petition was supported because it matters. Because this issue is the most serious facing Queenslanders in many years – speaking personally, in my lifetime,” Mr Lachlan said.
“I need to also give thanks to four outstanding MPs and Senators that actively supported, promoted, and shared the petition – Stephen Andrew MP for Mirani, George Christensen, Senator Gerard Rennick, and Rod Culleton's Great Australian Party.We are extremely fortunate to have elected representatives of this calibre in this country.”
Mr Lachlan said the Premier must respond to the petition within 30 days.