25 September 2018

Private Members' Business - Federation Chamber - 10 September 2018

Watch Matt's Speech here

Mr KEOGH(Burt) (12:49): I rise momentarily to speak on this very important motion moved by the member for Macarthur.

I am surprised that in my own electorate a number of constituents continue to raise the issue of immunisation with me based on a preponderance of ill-informed misinformation.

This is gravely concerning to me.

Listening now to the member for Batman talking about how her mother used to throw chickenpox parties reminded me of how my mother did exactly the same thing for us.

As the eldest of five children it was a case of not only inviting our friends around to ensure they could contract chickenpox at the earliest possible age to avoid its detrimental effects at later age but also playing closely together with all of our siblings.

Well intentioned though it may have been, the further development of Australia's immunisation processes has meant that that is no longer a necessity.

That was occurring only a little over 30 years ago.

I think this motion stands in great stead about the progress that has been made and the importance of not only the government taking the action that is called for in part 3 of this motion but also continuing to spread the good word about immunisation not just in Australia but globally.

I support the motion before the chamber.