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Craig Kelly likens vaccine mandates to ‘prison camps’ at ‘freedom’ rallies

A rebel federal MP has sensationally declared vaccine mandates are the equivalent of living in a prison camp in an address to an anti-vax mandate protest in Sydney.

Craig Kelly, who earlier this year resigned from the Liberal Party due to his freelancing on Covid-19 therapies and vaccines, was met with “Kelly, Kelly, Kelly,” chants as he took the microphone.

He claimed without freedom, Australians were living in a prison camp.

“If you live in a place where you only have your freedom given to you in exchange for some type of good behaviour, you do not live in a free society. You live in a prison camp,” he told the rally.

Mr Kelly urged Scott Morrison to go outlaw vaccine mandates in Australia.

Sydney Protest
Camera IconCraig Kelly was welcomed with chants of “Kelly, Kelly, Kelly”. NCA NewsWire / Flavio Brancaleone Credit: News Corp Australia

“I hope the Prime Minister is watching this today because he has the ability to go into that federal parliament on Monday … and ban vaccine passports in this country if he wanted to,” he said.

“On my watch I am not going to stand by and let this happen and neither are you guys.

“We have got to protect our kids, that’s our first priority.”

The United Australia Party leader last week addressed crowds in Melbourne as demonstrators took to the streets to protest the state’s proposed pandemic legislation.

He said the crowd in Sydney gave Melbourne a “run for its money”.

Organisers of the protests claimed more than 100,00 were in attendance, but no official figures have been confirmed.

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Camera IconHe claimed the crowd in Sydney was bigger than that in Melbourne last week. NCA NewsWire / Flavio Brancaleone Credit: News Corp Australia

Earlier in the week, the Prime Minister condemned politicians like Mr Kelly for attending the protests in Melbourne, where people wheeled out gallows with nooses attached.

But in a further headache for Mr Morrison, South Australian Liberal Senator Alex Antic was billed as the key speaker at the freedom rally in Adelaide.

Senator Antic, who is threatening to withhold his vote in the Senate over vaccine mandates, told the crowd he would take their message to Canberra.

“It is incredible to see so many people here today,” he told protesters in Adelaide.

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Camera IconSenator Alex Antic has vowed to withhold his vote over vaccine mandates. Morgan Sette Credit: News Corp Australia

“Hang in there, I’m going to do my absolute best to try and help.”

The Senator, who is understood to himself be vaccinated, encouraged every single protester to join a political party and get involved.

“We need your voice inside the machinery of politics,” Senator Antic said.

“If you are standing here today, and you are not a member of a political party, then you must get involved.

“We need you to support the people that share your values.”

Asked about the Liberal’s attendance at the rally, the Prime Minister’s office declined to comment.

Instead, the PMO referred NCA Newswire to previous transcripts where Mr Morrison encouraged Australians to get vaccinated.

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