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Queensland Minister of Health Yvette D’Ath confirmed that she had received threats due to the state’s vaccination warrants against Covid-19, but said “nothing will stop” me from doing her job, PAA reports.
D’Ath is among the Queensland politicians who have been given a heightened security presence after receiving threat emails.
Member of Keppel Brittany Lauga alerted police on Friday to an email sent to state and federal deputies warning of “terrorism, extremism and violence” regarding the state government’s policy of banning unvaccinated people.
D’Ath said on Sunday that she was concerned about the threats but felt safe.
âI do. Nothing is going to stop me from doing my job,â said D’Ath, who was accompanied by security.
âYou have to take (threats) seriously. It’s disappointing what we need to do (increase security) but it’s part of the job.
âI’m just going to continue. “
Minister of Police Marc Ryan said on Sunday that there had been an “escalation in the intensity of the threat” to state politicians.
Tensions rose further on Saturday during a protest against the coronavirus vaccine mandate in Brisbane.
When a protester asked the crowd in Brisbane what they thought of the Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk, someone shouted, “Hang the b ****”.
Ryan said it was the responsibility of the protest organizers to monitor behavior at their events.
“I think there is a very small cohort of people who are trying to hijack very legitimate protest activity,” he said.
âYou also have a responsibility to the community at large to make sure that the people who try to hijack your democratic process are not using what you want to do for legal purposes, for something that could very seriously escalate into something. of great concern. “
D’Ath said the state government supports the right to protest but does not incite violence.
âI’m concerned about some of the rhetoric, some of the threats that are going around,â she said.
“I think people need to be very clear in their language, not incite or encourage this kind of behavior.”
Meanwhile, D’Ath has ruled out removing the requirement for interstate travelers to undergo expensive PCR tests before entering the state after Queensland hits the 80 percent fully vaccinated mark.
Figures show 84.35% of eligible Queenslanders have had a vaccine and 73.06% are fully vaccinated, with no new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours.