United Australia Party Senator Ralph Babet has today introduced to the Senate a bill which will mark the end of the coercive practices of big pharmaceutical corporations in Australia.

The bill, titled the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Amendment (Vaccine Indemnity) Bill 2023 will “ensure no future indemnities are granted by the Commonwealth in relation to the use of vaccines. This bill will limit financial and legal risk to the Commonwealth and aid in the restoration of trust in medicine,” Senator Babet said.

“The Federal Budget papers for 2023-24, contain multiple, ‘unquantifiable contingent liabilities’ relating to vaccines. The unquantifiable liability stems from the fact indemnity has been granted for Covid-19 vaccines.

“Unquantifiable put simply means the cost of these clauses is open ended. Taxpayers are on the hook, big pharma is on the rod, reeling them in.

The potential liability doesn’t end with Covid-19 vaccines. According to the 2023-24 budget, indemnity has also been granted in advance to a manufacturer of a smallpox/monkeypox vaccine and a particular manufacturer of Covid-19 pandemic and pre-pandemic influenza vaccines.

“Granting indemnity means our government has handed over a blank cheque to big pharma. If anything goes wrong, taxpayers foot the bill.

“This incentivises risk taking, meaning they can cut corners on safety and wipe their hands of all responsibility when something goes wrong.

“The Covid-19 vaccines have had an alarming adverse event reporting rate, 23 times greater per dose than non-Covid-19 vaccines. They have resulted in over 139,000 adverse event reports and some people have died. The true scale of vaccine-related injuries and deaths is equally unquantifiable.”