Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Health spokesperson
Not content with his successful national cabinet push alongside the NSW Premier to remove Covid isolation rules, Premier Rockliff is dismissing the effect of his decision.
When we raised the matter with the Premier in Question Time today, he was unfazed.
Covid isolation requirements were the last vestige of protection against widespread transmission. Since they were removed, Covid is – predictably – spiking again.
Since isolation rules were removed we’ve been contacted by Tasmanians who are extremely concerned about people being pushed to return to work while infectious.
We’ve heard about a childcare worker in Devonport, Covid positive asymptomatic, who was told to come back to work after 48 hours. This person works with unvaccinated babies and toddlers.
We were contacted by an older Metro bus driver, concerned about his and his family’s health, being forced to work with Covid positive drivers who have been called back to work. These drivers may not only be infecting their colleagues, they’re also driving buses relied upon by vulnerable people.
Premier Rockliff’s hands-off approach is quite clearly contributing to Tasmania’s massive spike in Covid infections. It’s his decisions, and lobbying at National Cabinet, that is making Tasmanians less safe.