Police have escorted South Australia’s prime well being chief outdoors of the Supreme Court docket as she was mobbed by a gaggle of anti-vaccine mandate protesters.
- Two nurses are looking for judicial evaluate of the federal government’s COVID vaccine mandate for healthcare staff
- The nurses’ counsel had issued a subpoena for Professor Spurrier to present proof
- Justice Judy Hughes dominated there was no related proof the professor may give
Protesters yelled “disgrace” at Chief Public Well being Officer Nicola Spurrier as she entered and left the courtroom this morning.
She was spared from giving proof at a courtroom bid to overturn COVID-19 vaccine mandates for healthcare staff.
SA Premier Peter Malinauskas and SA Well being Minister Chris Picton condemned her remedy.
“Professor Spurrier has completed an impressive job taking care of the pursuits of South Australians all through the course of the pandemic and I assume she deserves credit score and respect for that,” Mr Malinauskas mentioned.
“I feel their [protesters] behaviour at the moment is extra than simply unacceptable, I feel it’s inconsistent with who we’re as a state and as a rustic, and they need to be ashamed of themselves, fairly frankly.”
Mr Picton tweeted that the behaviour in the direction of Professor Spurrier was an “absolute shame”.
“Nicola Spurrier has served her state with distinction at an extremely tough time,” he mentioned.
“In the present day’s scenes in Victoria Sq. have been an absolute shame.
It was potential Professor Spurrier may have been referred to as upon to present proof within the trial, which is looking for judicial evaluate of the federal government’s COVID vaccine mandate for healthcare staff.
However Justice Judy Hughes dominated there was no related proof the professor may give.
Justice Hughes mentioned she would ship her causes for the choice at a later date.
The trial has been introduced on by two nurses together with AFLW participant Deni Varnhagen.
Ms Varnhagen’s counsel had issued a subpoena for Professor Spurrier to present proof.
The courtroom heard Police Commissioner and emergency coordinator Grant Stevens was unwell and unable to attend courtroom on Thursday.
It was additionally “impossible” he would be capable of attend tomorrow, the courtroom heard.
Simon Ower QC, for the 2 nurses, yesterday informed Justice Hughes that the problem was not concerning the “knowledge” of the mandate.
“It is a case about energy,” he informed the courtroom.
He mentioned Commissioner Stevens was “appearing in extra of his energy” by mandating vaccines beneath the Emergency Administration Act.
The courtroom beforehand heard Ms Varnhagen – an inactive Adelaide Crows participant – was not vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 and misplaced her nursing jobs on the Flinders Medical Centre and Glenelg Day Surgical procedure because of the mandate, and was “working as a casual labourer two to three days a week to survive”.
Mr Ower mentioned Ms Varnhagen didn’t get vaccinated as a result of she believed the mandate route left her with no alternative and it was being pressured on her.
The trial continues.
SA has recorded 6,091 new COVID-19 instances. Three individuals with COVID-19 have died within the newest reporting interval – a girl in her 90s and two males of their 80s.