Battle over vaccine mandates in Senate

Resistance over vaccine mandates threatens to derail the Morrison government’s agenda during the final two weeks of parliament.

Eyes will be on the Senate this week, when federal MPs return for the last two-week parliamentary session of the year.

Several key senators threaten to abstain from voting for the government’s religious freedom legislation unless Prime Minister Scott Morrison opposes state and territory vaccine mandates.

Senators Gerard Rennick and Alex Antic have made their stance clear, saying vaccine mandates are cruel and unnecessary.

One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson made it clear during a closed meeting with the Prime Minister last Thursday that she must also abstain from her vote unless Scott Morrison supports her bill to end mandatory vaccinations.

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