MP Sandy Bolton Meeting Notes – 05 July 2021

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The following are meeting notes outlining the context and discussions from the meeting on 05 July 2021 with Sandy Bolton MP.

Sandy

Thank you so much for your time earlier today. It was a pleasure to meet you and I am grateful for the extended time you allowed and your engagement in the discussion.
As requested, I have attached an electronic copy of the speaking notes which has been updated to include references. (see below)
In addition to this submission, I would also like to draw your attention to the Human Rights Act 2019 https://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/view/whole/html/asmade/act-2019-005
The ACT defines the main objects of the Act as:
(a)to protect and promote human rights; and
(b)to help build a culture in the Queensland public sector that respects and promotes human rights; and
(c)to help promote a dialogue about the nature, meaning and scope of human rights.
Section 13 defines that Human Rights may be limited:

A human right may be subject under law only to reasonable limits that can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society based on human dignity, equality and freedom.In deciding whether a limit on a human right is reasonable and justifiable as mentioned in subsection (1), the following factors may be relevant—

(a)the nature of the human right;

(b)the nature of the purpose of the limitation, including whether it is consistent with a free and democratic society based on human dignity, equality and freedom;

(c)the relationship between the limitation and its purpose, including whether the limitation helps to achieve the purpose;

(d)whether there are any less restrictive and reasonably available ways to achieve the purpose;

(e)the importance of the purpose of the limitation;

(f)the importance of preserving the human right, taking into account the nature and extent of the limitation on the human right;

(g)the balance between the matters mentioned in paragraphs (e) and (f).

The Civil and Political Rights are extensively defined, and under the current State of Emergency it is clear that a number of Human Rights have been restricted, the right to Freedom of Movement for example. It also states that a person must not be subjected to medical or scientific experimentation or treatment without the person’s full, free and informed consent, a right which is clearly being abused given the increasing levels of coercion that are being witnessed in relation to the vaccination.
Critically section 13 states that a limit to be placed on a human right is only justifiable when there are no less restrictive and reasonable ways to achieve the purpose. This leads to the question as to what other control methods have been considered and evaluated in relation to COVID-19 interventions and why they have been discarded? I would kindly request that you raise this question of Parliament, and that the evidence of the options evaluated and rationale for being discarded are made publicly available.
Could I also kindly request that you share with me the submission you make in relation to this Bill.
Thank you once again for your time.
Spencer May
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