Australian minister tells Ted Cruz ‘we don’t need your lectures, mate’ in spat over Covid vaccine mandate

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An Australian state governor has lashed out at Texas senator Ted Cruz for his opposition to a strict new vaccine mandate, telling him: “You already know nothing about us.”

Michael Gunner, the chief minister of Australia’s Northern Territory, excoriated Texas’s document on defending individuals from Covid-19 and and advised him to maintain his lectures to himself.

The controversy-happy Republican had attacked Northern Territory’s uncompromising requirement that each one employees who commonly cope with the general public in particular person should get a primary vaccine dose by 13 November or be barred from work and fined $5,000 Australian {dollars} (£2,700).

Mr Cruz stated final week: “I like the Aussies. Their historical past of rugged independence is known; I’ve all the time stated Australia is the Texas of the Pacific.

“The Covid tyranny of their present authorities is disgraceful and unhappy. Particular person liberty issues. I stand with the individuals of Australia.”

However on Sunday Mr Gunner hit again, telling Mr Cruz that Australia had an obligation to guard aboriginal Australians, “the oldest steady dwelling tradition on the planet”, who’ve suffered from grievous an infection charges this 12 months.

Mr Gunner stated: “Almost 70,000 Texans have tragically died from Covid. There have been zero deaths within the Territory. Do you know that?

“We’ve executed no matter it takes to guard the Territory. That’s saved us secure and free. We’ve been in lockdown for simply eight days in 18 months. Our enterprise and faculties are all open.

“We don’t want your lectures, thanks mate. You already know nothing about us. And when you stand towards a life-saving vaccine, you then positive as hell don’t stand with Australia.

“I like Texas (go Longhorns), however in the case of Covid, I’m glad we’re nothing such as you.”

Mr Gunner’s vaccine mandate went viral in anti-vaccine on-line communities, and Mr Cruz has regularly jumped on controversies over vaccine legal guidelines to burnish his conservative credentials.

In his announcement final week, Mr Gunner stated: “It’s easy. In case your job contains interacting with members of the general public, then that you must get the jab. In the event you work in hospitality, that you must get the jab. In the event you work in retail, or in a grocery store, that you must get the jab.

“If you’re behind the counter on the financial institution, when you’re a receptionist, or positions like that, that you must get the jab. If you’re a barber, a hairdresser, a magnificence therapist, that you must get the jab.

“All these employees and plenty of many extra instantly work together with members of the general public. Which means you’re frontline employees in our financial system; which means you should be vaccinated.

“After all there may be exemptions, however these are extraordinarily slim, and should be backed up with medical proof. Merely wanting the vaccine just isn’t a motive… you will have thirty days.”

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