A defiant Mark McGowan has said he will not resile from pushing ahead with vaccine mandates after a security threat at his own home and mounting anger toward him from opponents of compulsory jabs.
The WA Premier's house was put under heavy police guard after the incident on Saturday night that saw him suddenly rushed home from a wedding - but speaking on Sunday the 54-year-old said the event would not deter him from 'keeping the community safe'.
He declined to reveal details about the incident except to say his mobile phone number and address were leaked to online groups.
WA Premier Mark McGowan (pictured with wife Sarah) was attending a function in Perth on Saturday evening when he abruptly left following a security breach at his home
'I just urge everyone to be respectful and understand that the government is doing what we have to do,' Mr McGowan said.
'We're not going to stop, we're not going to give in. If you want to protest, protest but be respectful.'
He added he was taking the security breach as 'a sign of the online world'.
'Where people get wound up by conspiracy theorists and misleading information and people who basically promote witch doctor solutions to medical problems.'
Mr McGowan was attending a reception at the Vasto Club in the northern Perth suburb of Balcatta about 6.30pm when he was abruptly ushered into a car.
The premier was then swiftly driven across the city back to his home in the southern suburb of Rockingham were police had identified a major security breach, reports The West Australian.
His security detail has been upped in recent days after threats were made toward him when he mandated that 75 per cent of WA workforce will need to be fully-vaccinated for Covid or risk getting the sack.
The 54-year-old was attending a reception at the Vasto Club (pictured) in Perth's northern suburbs about 6.30pm when he was whisked into a car
WA Premier Mark McGowan (pictured with his wife Sarah in September) said the incident at his Rockingham home happened after his address was leaked online
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