One Nation’s new federal senator, Peter Georgiou, is recovering in a Perth hospital after contracting the measles during a holiday to Bali.
Georgiou was admitted to Perth Royal Hospital on Monday after falling ill on his return to Australia from a trip to Bali.
Georgiou is the third Australian to return from Indonesia with measles in the last week; a Sydney resident and a Brisbane resident also caught the highly contagious disease while on holidays there.
His diagnosis came days after One Nation leader Pauline Hanson sparked controversy by questioning the safety of childhood vaccination.
Last week, Hanson likened the government’s “no jab, no pay” policy, which requires parents to vaccinate their kids in order to receive family tax benefits and welfare, to a “dictatorship”.
She said parents should do their own research on whether vaccines are safe.
“If having vaccinations and measles vaccinations is actually going to stop these diseases, fine, no problems,” she told ABC Insiders.
“Parents are saying vaccinations have an effect on some children… Apparently there is a test you can get done to see if the child is allergic to the vaccination or not.”
She later apologised for saying parents should get their kids tested before they were vaccinated, after doctors pointed out no such test exists.
The irony wasn’t lost on Hanson. She donned a face mask to visit Georgiou in hospital on Friday to congratulate him after the WA High Court ruled he would replace his brother-in-law Rodney Culleton as the One Nation senator for WA in federal parliament.
Perth’s Sunday Times reported Georgiou was vaccinated for measles as a child.
On Sunday, the government doubled down on its “no jab, no play” policy, calling on state governments to ban unvaccinated children from attending childcare and preschool centres across the country.