Australia tells Ted Cruz ‘we don’t need your lectures, mate’ in vaccine mandate spat

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The governor of an Australian state has reprimanded Texas Senator Ted Cruz for his opposition to a strict new vaccine mandate: “You know nothing about us.”

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Australia’s Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner praised Texas’ record of protecting people from Covid-19 and asked them to keep their lectures to themselves.

Republicans delighted by the controversy attacked the Northern Territory’s unspoken requirement that all workers who regularly deal with the public in person must receive their first vaccine dose by November 13 or be barred from work and pay $5,000. A fine of Australian dollars (£2,700) should be imposed.

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Mr Cruz said last week: “I love Australian players. Their history of harsh freedom is legendary; I have always said that Australia is the Texas of the Pacific.

“The covid atrocities of his present government are shameful and sad. Personal freedom matters. I stand with the people of Australia.”

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But on Sunday Mr Gunner hit back at Mr Cruise, saying Australia had a duty to protect Aboriginal Australians, “the oldest continuously living culture on the planet”, who are suffering severe infection rates this year.

Mr Gunner said: “Nearly 70,000 Texans have tragically died from Covid. There have been zero deaths in the state. Did you know this?

“We have done whatever it takes to protect the area. it keeps us safe And free. We are in lockdown for only eight days in 18 months. Our businesses and schools are all open.

“We don’t need your lectures, thanks mate. You know nothing about us. And if you stand against a life-saving vaccine, you certainly won’t stand with Australia.”

“I love Texas (go.) longhorn), but when it comes to COVID, I am glad we are nothing like you.

Mr Gunner’s vaccine mandate went viral in anti-vaccine online communities, and Mr Cruz has often jumped on controversies over vaccine laws to burnish his conservative credentials.

In his announcement last week, Mr. Gunner said: “It’s easy. If your job involves interacting with members of the public, you need to get a job. If you work in hospitality, you need to get a job.” Need to get jab. If you work in retail or supermarket, you need to get jab.

“If you’re behind the counter at the bank, if you’re a receptionist, or in positions like that, you need to get the jab. If you’re a barber, a barber, a beauty therapist, you need to get the jab. need to.

“All these workers and many others interact directly with the members of the public. It means you are a frontline worker in our economy; This means you should be vaccinated.

“Of course there may be exemptions, but these are extremely narrow, and must be backed up with medical evidence. There is no reason to want a vaccine alone… you have thirty days.”

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