Queensland’s human rights body inundated with COVID-19 public health order concerns

Queensland’s leading human rights body is taking more than six months to respond to complaints as it is inundated with questions about the state’s COVID-19 public health orders, vaccination warrants and quarantine policy.

The Queensland Human Rights Commission (QHRC) handles complaints and provides advice on discrimination, defamation, sexual harassment and other matters under the state’s anti-discrimination law.

But since the pandemic, the commission has sent constant appeals about it and has started publishing fact sheets for frequently asked questions.

It has offices in Brisbane, Rockhampton, Townsville and Cairns.

The QHRC has received thousands of inquiries regarding COVID-19 policies in Queensland.(ABC News)

A spokeswoman said the commission had received more than 1,100 COVID-related inquiries since January 1 of this year.

“There have been times this year, usually as a result of changes in public health direction, where COVID-related investigations have accounted for over 35% of all inquiries to the commission,” the door said. -speak.

In the past 18 months, the commission has received 300 inquiries about vaccinations and 50 formal complaints.

“They can relate to a variety of vaccine issues, including complaints from returning travelers who are fully vaccinated but still need to be quarantined, or a government-mandated vaccination,” the spokeswoman said.

Queensland has made vaccines mandatory for certain selected groups such as Queensland health workers, police officers and truck drivers crossing the state border.

Queensland Deputy Premier Stephen Miles said yesterday immunization levels were still too low in parts of the state, particularly in central Queensland.

Only 55% of the region is fully immunized.

“I don’t think the problem here is insufficient resources. We have clinics everywhere and our problem now is people,” he said.

“People have to go and get vaccinated. “

The QHRC does not render decisions regarding complaints, but rather strives to resolve complaints as a neutral third party through conciliation, policy change, compensation or apology.

Vaccines mandated “not new in Australia”

The QHRC says that if you are subject to a mandatory vaccination policy, it is a “legal public health directive” and not a human rights violation.

“Requiring people to be vaccinated against other diseases is nothing new in Australia,” the QHRC said in its fact sheets.

“This is because it is recognized that vaccination is necessary to protect the community.

“Simply opposing vaccination is unlikely to be enough to demonstrate an unreasonable limitation on your rights.”

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