Government votes with Greens to block mandatory testing for essential workers

Tasmanian Labor
  • Government, Greens and Madeleine Ogilvie vote together
  • Essential workers granted exemption from quarantine should be tested
  • Border controls need to be robust to keep Tasmanians safe
  • The Government has joined forces with the Greens and Madeleine Ogilvie to block Labor’s mandatory testing motion that was introduced to keep Tasmanians safe.

    Labor Leader, Rebecca White, said it was a disappointing outcome.

    “The Government and the Greens today had the opportunity to address a number of serious flaws in the process for essential workers coming into our state which has the potential to put Tasmanians at risk,” Ms White said.

    “Instead, they have joined forces to vote against mandatory testing for essential workers coming to Tasmania who are exempt from quarantine.

    “Tasmanians are right to be anxious that these workers will continue to be able to step straight off a plane and onto a worksite without having to test for COVID-19.

    “Public Health advice requires all Tasmanians tested for Covid-19 to isolate until they get a test result but mainland workers flying here from Victoria and other hot spots don’t have to – it is not good enough.

    “We know that 11 workers from Victoria granted an exemption from quarantine have come into Tasmania in the past month – it would not be hard to COVID-19 test those workers and request they quarantine until the test result is known.

    “Mandatory testing for any worker granted an exemption from quarantine is a simple step that could significantly protect Tasmanians against another outbreak and it beggars belief why the Government and the Greens would join together to block this important safety measure.”

    Rebecca White MP

    Labor Leader

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