Senate to debate ‘mask’ bill today; Opposition’s Wade Mark pledges commitment

Senate to debate ‘mask’ bill today; Opposition’s Wade Mark pledges commitment

Opposition Senator Wade Mark has pledged the Opposition’s commitment to contribute to the debate on the Public Health (Amendment) Bill in a constructive and critical manner.

The bill, which seeks to make the wearing of masks mandatory, was passed in the Lower House on Friday afternoon and will be debated in the Senate this morning from 10.30 am.

Once official, it will soon cost you $1,000 for the first offence, and more thereafter if you are seen in public without a mask.

Mark lamented that opposition senators did not have the necessary research material to deal with the bill. But he pledged the Opposition’s commitment.

Mark said, “We need to have co-operation, discussions before any decisions are taken.”

He added, “We all have to realistically work together to make things happen to transform our society.”

Mark said he hoped to be able to work with Leader of Government Business Franklin Khan and Independent Senator Paul Richards to “be able to deal with matters that may be controversial before decisions are taken.”

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