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John Scrivener, Main Arm

The right to informed consent is a fundamental ethic in medicine and a basic human right recognised under international law.

A year ago, an unrepresentative and antidemocratic cohort, including agents from the IMF, the WHO and the Billionaire Gates Foundation, advised governments around the world to impose drastic and unprecedented restrictions on their populations, under the guise of containing the spread of a flu-like illness.

I believe the proponents of these policies, people like Fauci and Gates, exploit the restrictions and media induced fear of flu-like illnesses to promote widespread use of experimental vaccines. Some are even demanding mandatory vaccinations, in violation of the right to informed consent. The restrictions themselves in many instances violate basic freedoms.

As a signatory of the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and other internationally recognised agreements, the Australian government is legally obliged to uphold the right to informed consent.

Our governments’ health policies should be about protecting our health and human rights, not facilitating profits for big pharma.

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  1. No-one has told you have to have the vaccine, John. Stop hoping!

    But remember to wear your mask over Easter. As you say: “ Our governments’ health policies should be about protecting our health and human rights” … including our rights to have a safe environment.

    • Stop hoping? Sorry Liz, I gave up the hopium years ago. But your glib quip and unsuccessful attempt at sarcasm are emblematic of the complaisant compliancy and contempt for civil liberties that nanny state initiatives inevitably inculcate.

      • It wasn’t an attempt at sarcasm nor a glib quip, John – I was deadly serious. Phew I’d hate to be unsuccessful! The overriding impression I get from the placards at the rallies is that the anti-vax brigade, not content with the idea of each to her/his own decision would like nothing better than to have something genuine to rail about. You seem outraged by the very notion of the existence of vaccines and the choice to have them.

        I could make similar comments about the condescending comments of those who are convinced they are part of select small group with the discernment to see past the deluded masses and recognise the truth.

  2. Centralised ownership of the media has stifled investigative reporting. In a world where open debate is now pilloried and censored, thank heavens our local Echo provides a forum to question the unquestioned..

    • You may find, Justin that the more right-wing media has often been scornful of any propensity to take the pandemic seriously and certainly critical of containment measures. Lockdowns, curfews, border closures supposedly threaten Jobson Growth. Unfortunately, so does an out-of -control virus.

      • An interesting observation and indeed it has appeared the so-called right can be more freedom loving than the so-called left.

        2020 has amply demonstrated how the so-called left and so-called greens make the most contented control freaks ……… happiest when choosing Covidian storylines like ……… “out-of-control virus”.

  3. “Storyline’s” like “out-of-control” virus? I gather from this Richard that you see the pandemic situation across the globe as totally in hand. I beg to differ and find the human suffering involved tragic. My point was the one that 2020 has taught most of the observant amongst us that response to the pandemic is not a simple choice of looking after the economy or looking after health and life.

    The so-called right have always been extreme libertarian freedom lovers. Let the market rip unabated and let’s not let any regard for fairness and equality interfere with my right to look accumulate as much wealth, power and privilege and generally look after number one

    Let’s not then get confused with “ left” and “right” labels but look to what is an ethical view. An ethical stance values individual rights especially those to freedom from exploitation poverty and discrimination, and access to things like health, education and yes personal expression. An ethical view understands the nuances of balancing conflicting rights and is prepared to forego some liberties if they see a greater good – like protecting someone’s right to life and health.

    • Liz, your belief in Pandemic is understandable given the levels of propaganda.

      However, outside of propaganda channels there is no evidence of Pandemic, there never was a Pandemic which was well-proven in April/May 2020.
      An ethical stance would have protected those groups at risk and let others continue their lives.
      Unfortunately fascism has returned (Five Eyes and NATO gone full blackshirt) and we know how fascists like to order the lives of others for the ‘greater good’.
      Your pointless face masks are the equivalent of 1930’s armbands. It’s all Psyop.

      • “An ethical stance would have protected those groups at risk and let others continue their lives.”

        Mmm – this is sounding a bit blackshirt to me. Those (identified as at risk) include the over 60s, the obese, the diabetic, asthma suffers, cancer patients and others with immune compromised and respiratory conditions – even the poor! Sounds like more than half the population is to be forced into isolation so the super Aryan young, fit, svelte elite can make merry and strut their stuff. And even some of these we are told have been infected, required heart lung transplants, suffered long Covid or died.

        Too bad? Let Darwinism prevail. But then, there’s no pandemic so the whole strategy’s irrelevant – no?

        Btw, I might agree to a face mask but I’m unaware of any re-education camps or gas chambers or genocide I’ve been advocating.

  4. Thank you Richard for being so generous in forgiving me my lack of insight into the true reality, feeble-minded, credulous patsy that I am. However I see some parallels here with the climate debate and my response to it.

    On the one hand there seems to be an increasing number of chemists, physicists, meteorologists and climatologists warning us that the changes we are inflicting on the planet are producing a dangerous accelerating warming. On the other we have a small number of scientists who, together with others, tell us that organisation like our BOM, CSIRO, NASA etc are involved in a giant conspiracy to spread fake data and induce panic. The motives can range from scientists trying to wheedle research grants to cabals of bankers trying to achieve world government.

    Now I did some high school science and I read a fair bit but really how would a mug punter like me really know which side to fall on? I’m into opting for being on the safe side and trying to do what I can personally and politically to reduce carbon emissions – just in case the scientists are right and the planet is totally stuffed for my grandchildren.

    Similarly I’m likely to get a covid test (have done so) if I have the right symptoms, wear a mask when advised by the CHO (who unlike me has a medical degree) and not spit in the street. All this just in case those mass graves we see on the news are real, the majority of the world’s medicos are onto something and I would otherwise be showing a total lack of responsibility for the welfare of others.


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