An appeal against a court order validating laws mandating full vaccination of some workers against COVID-19 has been dismissed.
Sydney construction worker Al-Munir Kassam and Byron Bay geriatric nurse Natasha Henry filed rush requests, which were negotiated on November 29 and November 30.
Both were upheld on narrow grounds, but Appeals Court President Andrew Bell dismissed appeals on Wednesday, sentencing Mr. Kassam and Ms. Henry to pay all legal costs.
In September, the two, along with eight other Health Ministers, challenged Brad Hazzard’s public health orders, arguing that their rights to physical integrity and freedom of movement would be compromised.
But Judge Robert Beech-Jones dismissed the claim in October, saying that the laws underlying the orders do not violate physical integrity as the orders do not allow anyone to be involuntarily vaccinated.
He also denied allegations that Mr. Hazzard acted outside of his powers by asking the right questions or neglecting relevant considerations.
It came after the court heard from Mr. Kassam, an occupational health and safety officer for a construction site supplier, who said his own research led him to believe that vaccines did not reduce the transmission of COVID-19.
Ms. Henry said she believed she had a “basic human right” to physical integrity in Australia.
But the judge found evidence more compelling for NSW infectious disease specialist Professor Kristie Macartney and other experts.
Australian Associated Press