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McGowan backs no jab, no play plan

The Federal Government has brought in laws to penalise families that refuse to get their children immunised.
The Federal Government has brought in laws to penalise families that refuse to get their children immunised.

Mark McGowan says he backs tough action that could ban unvaccinated children from childcare or preschool centres.

The major shake-up — known as no jab, no play — is likely to be put forward by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the next meeting of premiers.

The Premier told The West Australian yesterday he had not seen details of the plan but was in favour of any measure to protect vulnerable children.

“I haven’t had a conversation with the minister or the Cabinet about it but my inclination is to support tough action to guarantee the health of children,” Mr McGowan said.

“I hate the thought of a little baby who is vulnerable becoming grievously ill or dying as a consequence of a child not being vaccinated.”

The plan being pushed by Mr Turnbull copies Victoria, which brought in laws demanding children be vaccinated before being admitted to child care.

During the State election campaign, Mr Turnbull attacked One Nation leader Pauline Hanson after she suggested parents could take a test to see if their child might have allergic reactions to vaccinations. Senator Hanson later admitted no such test existed.

The Federal Government has brought in laws to penalise families that refuse to get their children immunised.

They lose access to the Family Tax Benefit Part A end-of-year supplement.

Australian Medical Association WA president Andrew Miller welcomed Mr McGowan’s support for more action.

“Anything that counters the anti-vaxxer craziness and encourages them to follow the vaccinations is a good thing,” he said.

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