A mother whose baby boy died of whooping cough when he was just 32 days old has slammed Pauline Hanson for “uneducated” comments she made about vaccination.
The Queensland politician likened the Federal Government’s ‘no jab, no pay’ policy to “blackmail” and the work of a “dictatorship”.
Catherine Hughes, who began charity Light For Riley in memory of her son after his death in 2015, labelled the comments disgraceful.
“My son died a horrible death from whooping cough. Your uneducated comments about vaccination are a disgrace to children,” she wrote on the Light for Riley Twitter page underneath a photo of her son.
Speaking to Mamamia about anti-immunisation advocate David Wolfe’s upcoming speaking tour, Hughes said messages like this could “potentially cause harm to Australians”.
“And with vaccination fear-mongering, unfortunately it is often the innocent – like little babies who are too young to be vaccinated – who suffer from lowered vaccination rates,” she said.
Hughes’ tweet came after the One Nation leader slammed the government’s policy to withhold payments from parents who fail to immunise their children when she appeared on ABC Insiders on Sunday.
“What I don’t like about it is the blackmailing that’s happening with the government,” Hanson told host Barrie Cassidy.
“Don’t do that to people. That’s a dictatorship and I think people have a right to investigate themselves.”