A legal challenge against mandatory COVID-19 vaccines for some of NSW's workers has been launched in the state’s highest court on Wednesday.
Sydney solicitor Tony Nikolic filed the suit against Health Minister Brad Hazzard and Chief Health Officer Dr. Kerry Chant in the NSW Supreme Court, with the matter due to be heard for the first time on Friday.
The Law firm Ashley, Francina, Leonard, and Associates of whom Nikolic is Managing Director argues that the public health orders requiring “a broad class of workers” to be vaccinated are illegal and unconstitutional, as are the extra powers granted to police to enforce public health orders.
Nikolic's spokesperson responded in a statement:
“We have received thousands of inquiries from front-line workers - police, paramedics, nurses, aged care (staff), doctors, firefighters - construction workers, teachers, airline staff, miners, truck drivers, university students, mums, and dads and, importantly, employers. It is our view that vaccine compulsion strips citizens of their basic human rights, including their right to work, their right to bodily integrity, and their right to informed consent to medical treatment without coercion.”
The suit will solicit a declaration that the NSW public health orders are invalid and a ban on any further orders made by Hazzard and Dr. Chant.
“No one is above the law, including ministers and public health officers.”
A response is awaiting from Dr. Chant and Mr. Hazzard.
Nikolic has promoted for plaintiffs to join the suit on the firm’s website and social media network Telegram, the secure messaging platform.
‘Don’t be bullied.’
In a post to Telegram on Saturday, Nikolic praised politicians like Craig Kelly, Reverend Fred Nile, and Pauline Hanson for their opposition to mandatory vaccinations and lockdowns.
“You are born free, free to choose, freedom from arbitrary detention, freedom of bodily integrity - don’t give it away for free,” he said.
“Don’t be bullied.”
More details to come.