Repeal COVID-19 Laws – The current restrictions that we find our selves under are draconian, unjust and immoral. Treating Queensland residents like criminals, restricting their ability to move freely, work, visit friends and family are completely out of line with what Australia and Queensland were founded on. This doesn’t mean we need to throw the vulnerable under the bus there are a multitude of measures that we can take to reduce their risk without destroying the economy.
Open up and get back to work – We are facing a huge economic down turn, if we don’t let business get back to capacity they will not survive. This is only going to exacerbate the massive number of Queenslanders already out of work. For example Sweden did little more than social distancing, and now they are basically through it. No second wave, no masks, no vaccine.
An Actual Plan – The current hope that a vaccine becomes available is not a viable option. We cannot afford to wait another 6 months in the hope that the one the Federal Government is banking on comes through. We need to ask the question, What if a vaccine isn’t possible? There is already a lot in the scientific literature about treatments, and many doctors and scientists that have advanced cures and preventative measures. We need to be reviewing the literature and trialling these options so that the vulnerable are protected and those who do contract COVID-19 can be treated successfully. At that point the vaccine becomes a bonus, rather than the requirement.
Constitutional Reform – If there is one thing that we can learn from this current crisis, it is that the Queensland Constitution does not adequately protect its residents from government abuse. The laws that have been passed should simply not have been permissible under the constitution. If this is not fixed we face this crisis again and again, we cannot let this happen. We reform the constitution, either through amendments, or through a bill of rights, to ensure that we are protected from these types of draconian measures.
Parliament must govern – Handing the running of the state off to the Health Department was utter madness. The Health Department is not in a position to evaluate the societal and economic costs that have been imposed through its decisions. These decisions should have been made by a sitting parliament, with all stake holders involved, and should have minimised all harm, physiological, physical, and economic to all Queenslanders, not just the vulnerable.