The Northern Territory chief minister, Michael Gunner, has hit again at US senator Ted Cruz who criticised the Northern Territory’s vaccine coverage, telling the firebrand Texan conservative “you understand nothing about us”.
The spat started when the US Republican shared a video of Gunner asserting the territory’s wide-ranging vaccine mandate for staff.
Cruz lamented the “Covid tyranny of their (Australia’s) present authorities,” which he mentioned was “disgraceful and unhappy”.
“Particular person liberty issues,” Cruz declared, including he had thought of Australia the “Texas of the Pacific”.
Gunner didn’t respect the suggestions, responding on Twitter with an announcement sharing a “few info about Covid down right here” and tagging Cruz.
“We don’t want your lectures, thanks mate,” the chief minister started.
“Practically 70,000 Texans have tragically died from Covid. There have been zero deaths within the Territory. Do you know that?
“We’ve completed no matter it takes to guard the Territory. That’s saved us protected and free. We’ve got been in lock down for simply eight days in 18 months. Our companies and college are all open. Do you know that?”
Gunner went on to say that Cruz is aware of nothing about Australia, and criticised his stance on vaccination.
“You understand nothing about us. And if you happen to stand in opposition to a life-saving vaccine, then you definately certain as hell don’t stand with Australia.”
“I like Texas (go Longhorns), however in the case of Covid, I’m glad we’re nothing such as you.”
Information of the Territory’s vaccine mandate which requires important staff in lots of industries reminiscent of retail, hospitality and training to get the jab, went viral amongst anti-vaccination circles on social media, which used it as proof of well being order overreach.
NT important staff might want to get not less than one dose of a Covid vaccine by 13 November and be absolutely vaccinated by 24 December, or they won’t be permitted to return to work and will face a $5,000 high quality.
Cruz, who has been an outspoken opponent of vaccine mandates, seized on Gunner’s announcement, declaring he loves Australia and its “historical past of rugged independence.”
Cruz has mentioned that he does assist the vaccine, however in a latest assertion, criticised US president Joe Biden for ordering the US Labor Division to implement a vaccine mandate on companies with over 100 workers.
“Whereas I assist the vaccine and have obtained it, People have the fitting to train private selection in the case of their well being,” Cruz mentioned.
“Getting the vaccine is a call to be made in session with one’s physician, not pressured on People by the federal government.”