Mandatory Disease Testing
I continue to push for changes to the Mandatory Disease Testing Bill, which will not protect frontline workers from occupational risks of HIV and other disease transmission. The evidence shows that HIV does not get passed on through saliva or spitting.
The bill threatens to undermine efforts to build positive working relationships between police and stigmatised community groups, in particular First Nations, LGBTIQA+ and young people, who already feel unfairly targeted. It needs to be amended to protect children and vulnerable people and to provide effective oversight and review so the powers for the forcible taking of blood from people are not misused. See the article in the Sydney Morning Herald: > HERE.