An emergency cannot last forever

Queensland’s Human Rights Commissioner has blasted the Palaszczuk Government’s move to extend the chief health officer’s unprecedented Covid powers, arguing “such significant human rights limitations” cannot be allowed to continue unchecked.

"As a community, we have learnt about the impacts of quarantining conditions on people’s mental health, the human rights limitations arising from public health directions that confine people to their homes and the mandating of vaccines," Mr McDougall wrote in a scathing, 12-page submission to the committee.

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