Controversial senator David Leyonhjelm has branded babies "bundles of dribble and sputum" while speaking about new legislation that place restrictions on welfare payments to parents who do not vaccinate their children.
Leyonhjelm, the Liberal Democrat senator, told the upper house on Monday that he supported the new "no jab no play" laws, which passed the parliament on Monday morning.
"Parents do not have a right to welfare payments," he said.
"It's bad enough that people continue to bring wave upon wave [of] these little blighters into the world... The least they can do is immunise their bundles of dribble and sputum, so they don't make the rest of us sick."
The ABC's excellent Vine account has helpfully captured the latest Leyonhjelm tongue-lashing:
"Sputum" is a mixture of saliva with mucus or pus, which comes from the lungs or respiratory passage. Leyonhjelm has no bundles of dribble and sputum -- sorry, children -- of his own.
The laws, first mooted in the 2015 budget, will reportedly save $500 million over four years once they come into effect in January 2016. Parents who do not vaccinate their children will now miss out on childcare benefits, rebates and Family Tax Benefit A.
Parents will also no longer be able to claim a conscientious objection to vaccinations. Only valid medical reasons will be accepted as an excuse for avoiding vaccinating children.
Figures from the Department of Health claimed 1.7 per cent of children were registered as conscientious objectors to vaccinations.Suggest a correction