Anti-COVID vaccination claims on leaflets in letterboxes across the South East have drawn a sharp response from Federal Liberal MP for Barker Tony Pasin.
Independent Queensland political identity Clive Palmer has paid to distribute the leaflets which claim the COVID vaccines have not been adequately tested.
His stance has been strongly rebuked by Mr Pasin.
“The Federal Government in partnership with the Australian people has worked diligently throughout this global pandemic to protect lives and livelihoods, we have achieved that in a uniquely Australian way relying on the best available medical evidence,” Mr Pasin said.
“That best available medical evidence in the form of the nation’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has approved the AstraZeneca & Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for use in Australia following a full and thorough assessment process both as to their safety and efficacy.
“That is why it was so disappointing and in fact irresponsible to see the dissemination of materials like this, misinforming Australians about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
“It’s essential that people receive their information on the vaccines from credible sources – and that should be on official government websites … if anyone has any concerns or queries, I encourage them to visit www.health.gov.au/covid19-vaccines.
“This material will help answer questions people may have about the vaccine and respond to vaccine misinformation they may have heard like that contained in this leaflet.”
It was Mr Palmer’s first foray into politics in this region since the ill-fated bid by his United Australia Party to win a seat at the Federal election in 2019.
Mount Gambier resident Bert Bacher represented the party in Barker and claimed almost 6% of the primary vote.