Northern Territory CLP Vice President rebuked in anti-mandate rally speech

Country Liberal Party (CLP) Vice President Jed Hansen was rebuked by party leader Jamie Di Brennie in his speech at a mandate rally against vaccines in Darwin on January 22nd.

Hansen said NT News Di Brennie told him that his personal opinion gives the impression that he represents the rest of the CLP.

“It was a verbal rebuke, but it was more like expressing my wording better,” Hansen said.

At the Worldwide Rally for Freedom on Saturday, Hansen said: I can absolutely say that not everyone does because I don’t. “

“I made my position very clear to Leah (Finocchiaro). Not everyone supports that position,” he said.

This was after the NT Labor government made a vaccination requirement for the majority of territory workers in December, and more recently, a vaccine pass for entry into licensed facilities.

CLP has provided overall support for mandates.

At the rally, Hansen goes on to say that vaccines are the right choice for individuals and should not be imposed by duty by the government, and the government should never interfere with the rights of those who seek work and make health choices. Said for themselves and their children.

“It’s the position I have and there are many people like me who share this view, so don’t label us all the same,” he said.

He also talked about his side effects on the second dose of COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine, but revealed that he was not an anti-boxer.

He said he had no response to the first dose, but within 12 hours of the second dose, “I was basically paralyzed in bed. I couldn’t move. I was like that for 3 days. I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t move. “

He added that he has had neurological problems, including persistent tremors in his right arm, since then, and Melbourne doctors have dismissed the fact that it is related to the vaccine.

“It’s alarming and disastrous that the doctors here are under the control of political power … they can’t tell what’s really going on.”

In a statement to NT News, CLP President Jamie Di Brenni revealed that Hansen had expressed his personal opinion at the rally.

“He [voice that opinion] But I don’t speak on behalf of the party. Only the president of CLP has that authority, “Di Brenni said.

“Mr. Hansen was reprimanded for breaking the Protocol.”

Di Brenni added that the CLP is made up of diverse members, which has always been a grassroots community-led party.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Gerard Maley replied on behalf of his boss Lia Finocchiaro, saying Hansen’s comment was “his problem.”

“We admit that the mission is divided among the territory, but in the end, CLP promises to follow the best health advice, which we adopted in the last election. It’s a policy and we firmly support that commitment, “he said.

“Following a briefing with the Deputy Chief Health Officer, who advised the opposition that mandating vaccines for certain workers is the best health advice, the CLP opposition agreed to support the mission.”

Hansen wasn’t the only CLP member for the Freedom Rally that day.

In an interview with NT News at the event, CLP Senator Sam McMahon said he was sympathetic to many of the people affected by the mandate.

“That is, I’m vaccinated. I’m completely vaccinated,” she said.

“But if that is their choice, I support the right of people not to do so.”

The Epoch Times contacted the Prime Minister’s Office for comment on Hansen’s views, but did not respond at the time of publication.

Steve Milne