As history has repetitively taught us, what is deemed legal is not always right and what is right is not always legal. Currently the law does not protect freedom of medical choice. There are many who have been coerced into the COVID-19 vaccine and there are many who have lost their income and their ability to access basic services for refusing it. Unsurprisingly the media and the Government are set on forgetting our existence – for example, blaming staff shortages in crucial industries on a multitude of other factors instead of the most obvious one.
Supporters of the vaccine mandates have claimed that everyone who can be vaccinated against COVID-19 has the moral obligation to do so for the interest of public health.
We reject this argument on the basis that where there is risk there must be choice.
The right to medical self-autonomy is an absolute priority and when there is no accountability for unjust harm or risk, the imposition of a mandate may be legal but in no way is it right.
Yet with the continued implementation of these dictatorial laws and mandates the two questions we continue to ask are;
1. How is this legal?
2. How do we change it?
There are two ways in which laws are made– through the enactment of legislation and through the courts. Legislation must be passed by majority through both houses of Parliament and sent to the Governor for approval and becomes law. In addition, appointed judges interpret these laws and applies them to cases which becomes precedent for future matters(also known as common law).
Over the last two years we have been repetitively let down by our government and legal system. There is a lot of talk about the moral and ethical issues with mandates but minimal action. For example, there is no answer as to why masks are imposed in the classroom but not at the footy. And there is no explanation as to why the Government has immunity from any liability should you suffer from an adverse reaction after having the vaccine.
So how do we enforce change?
It is easy to look at the world we are living in and feel despondent about the way things are. However, there are many ways to effect change.
Stay informed: As a first and most critical act, keeping yourself informed is key. We recommend checking the Victorian Parliament website to stay aware of new bills (which are usually quietly introduced) and how they impact you. Reviewing bills, their statement of compatibility and reading speeches will give you knowledge on the Government’s position for you take a stance and voice any concerns.
Advocate for yourself: Whether this be in your workplace, your child’s school or within your local community. Ask questions, do your research and request responses in writing. Keep these organisations accountable for any decisions or policies made. You are your (and your child’s) best advocate.
Hold the Government accountable: 2022 is election year so make your vote count. Take the time to research the parties and their policies. Write to your current MP ask questions and demand answers. It may take time and energy but every vote counts.
Find your community: Freedom Keepers are a grassroots organisation who have built a community on shared values and a passion for preserving medical freedom. We encourage you to proactively seek community hubs that share the same passion and interests as you do. This does not need to be wholly politically motivated groups either. Anything that ignites your interests and keeps you feeling positive and connected is still effecting change, as by doing so you are consciously refusing to partake in mainstream fear and its segregation tactics.
Protect your mental health and well-being: There is no denying the past two years have weighed heavily on our hearts and minds. This is why your health and well-being should be your top priority. Switch off from social media, mainstream news channels and TV. Instead choose to catch up with family and friends, nourish yourself with wholesome food, books/music/podcasts or spend time outside.
Furthermore, don’t be afraid to reach out for support. If you have lost your income, as a first point find out if you are able to seek financial assistance from Centrelink. There are also many organisations such as Lifeline and Beyond Blue who provide 24/7 assistance as well as spiritual and holistic counselling services.
Lastly, take a deep breath and remind yourself that change is imminent. As history has shown us, what is lawful at one point in time is always subject to change. Look forward to the future ahead of us.