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STATE Parliament has passed laws allowing buildings and animals to be destroyed in the event of a serious pandemic as the Federal Government prepares to increase the national swine flu alert level...... The legislation passed yesterday gives the state increased powers in the case of "a more dangerous flu pandemic".
They include the power to forcibly quarantine people – including those with no symptoms – and to "remove or destroy . . . any building, structure, vehicle, vegetation, animal or other thing".
"The legislation includes new powers for senior health officials including directing a person to remain in isolation . . . or obliging them to undergo medical observation, examination or treatment," Mr Hill said.
"These powers would be used only in the event of a serious health emergency.
"We do not expect to invoke those powers for swine flu."
The Federal Government could increase its pandemic alert level as early as today. The nation is in the "contain" phase. The next is the "sustain" phase, where attention turns to protecting the vulnerable until a vaccine is developed.
"Doctors now only will test high-risk cases to reduce pressure on facilities."
Originally posted by sandy51
WHAT ABOUT HENDRA VIRUS, and the near 100% death rate there.
and the idiots that moved horses after been requested not to break quarantine with other horse virus we had here in Aust.
what would you do to stop people moving after that example if another as serious virus was to break out god forbid.
Originally posted by zetabeam
reply to post by dallas18
As I mentioned in my earlier post, I haven't heard a peep in the media regarding this new legislation ... it will be interesting to see if any mention is made on the main 6pm news tonight.
That point about forcibly quarantining people even if they have no symptoms is truly frightening. Why would you quarantine someone with no swine flu symptoms ... and under what pretext would it be done ? SCARY !