Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath has revealed that she and other Labor MPs have been subjected to threatening emails.
The minister spoke at a press conference at a school in Morayfield, north of Brisbane, this morning, where she was accompanied by a security guard.
She praised the Queenslanders for continuing to get COVID jab and said that while the state had passed another 24 hours with no new cases, 14,992 vaccinations were delivered on Saturday.
The minister’s revelation came the day after Queensland Labor MP Brittany Lauga said she had received a threatening email following the government’s policy of banning the unvaccinated from hospitality, entertainment and health facilities when the state reaches an 80 per cent double-dose vaccination rate.
Mrs D’Ath insists she still feels confident in her role.
“We have an amazing police service that does an amazing job in this state, and nothing will stop me from doing my job.
“Nothing is going to stop me from doing my job. I love what I do and my role is extremely important.
“I consider it a privilege and an honor to do my job, and I just want to keep going.”
But she expressed concern over some of the threats made against public figures across Australia.
“I think people need to be very clear in their language so as not to encourage or encourage this kind of behavior,” she said.
Police Minister Mark Ryan, who accompanied Ms D’Ath to the daily COVID media update, said there had been an “escalation in the intensity of the threat”.
“There’s a very small group of people that I think are trying to hijack fairly legitimate protest activity,” Ryan said.
Thousands of people gathered across Queensland on Saturday as part of the “Freedom Day” meetings.
In a video circulating on the net, one could hear a man say “hang the b ****” with reference to Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk.
Ryan said protest organizers had a responsibility to monitor the behavior of those who attended their events.
“You also have a responsibility to the wider community to make sure that the people who are trying to hijack your democratic process do not use what you want to do for a legitimate purpose, for something that can quite seriously escalate to something very worrying. “
Schools are still an important part of the jab campaign
Queensland’s school vaccination blitz continues, with 100 schools hosting pop-up clinics this weekend.
Several sports stars have joined the vaccination promotion, including players from the Queensland Reds and Gold Coast Suns.
Mrs D’Ath said there were only four active cases in Queensland, putting the state in a very different position from New South Wales and Victoria.
“This is amazing and it’s a result of the hard work of all the Queenslanders who are doing the right thing and making sure they stay safe, come out and get tested and of course all the people who are at home in quarantine,” Mrs. D’Ath said.
She said 3,922 vaccination doses were delivered to school centers Saturday.
“Fifty-two percent of these are first doses, and it’s great to see so many people come out and get their first doses,” Ms. D’Ath said.
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