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Police Commissioner speaks during civil trial against vaccine mandates

Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll has spoken at a civil trial, which is challenging the enforcement of vaccine mandates by the state government.

Dozens of police officers and health workers have come forward to contest the mandates in Brisbane's Supreme Court, arguing the government should not force employees to be vaccinated.

Several workers came forward saying they had been required to seek alternative, stay-at-home positions or were suspended on full pay.

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Commissioner Katarina Carroll praised the actions of officers who attended the initial "disturbance" at the Wooloowin house.

It was also argued the mandates should now be revoked in the wake of this year's Omicron COVID-19 peak.

Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll spoke in court today on the controversial 'no jab no job' policy, telling the civil trial she believes COVID-19 cases are still too high and there are still too many deaths to revoke the order.

The police commissioner was questioned for several hours about the health direction and where she got her information when making decisions on the ruling.

The commissioner was the final witness in the five day hearing.

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Yesterday, deputy commissioner Doug Smith gave evidence on the 'no jab no job' direction, which he helped create at the direction of commissioner Carroll.

Deputy commissioner Smith was questioned about whether he was aware of 'resentment' directed at officers who refused to be vaccinated.

He denied the policy was implemented to prevent officers from cherry-picking the jobs they wanted to do, as it was suggested officers who were not vaccinated could avoid positions like border enforcement during the state's closed border period.

The deputy commissioner admitted to 'speculation' but said this had not influenced the decision to implement the policy.

He was also asked if he thought police officers taking part in the case were "trouble makers," which he denied.

The trial will resume next Thursday for final submissions.

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