[August 7, 2021] Parts of the country of Australia is in a police state coronavirus lockdown. This simple truth is a sad commentary for a nation based on fundamental freedoms that underpin Western democracies. If government bureaucrats believe you are standing in the way of its “emergency” measure, then your freedoms will be forfeited, and you will be arrested.
Victoria is in its sixth coronavirus lockdown, which was announced just a few days ago by the premier, Daniel Andrews. More than 6 million Victorians now find themselves living under a stay-at-home order, only 10 days after coming out of their last lockdown.1 But it looks like many are tired of the heavy-handed Soviet-style restrictions.
Protestors gathered in the streets of Melbourne, many without masks, to say they are feed up with government overreach. The new restrictions include an 8 pm curfew and shopping and exercise limits, including wearing masks outdoors and indoors. Dan Bongino opined that people in the 1980s Soviet Union had more freedom.
Premier Andrews announced the lockdown in response to two new mystery cases, including one cluster linked to Melbourne’s Al-Taqwa College and has grown to four cases. Andrews said he had no alternative but to introduce the lockdown as soon as unlinked cases had been detected in the community.
The premier also said Victoria would be “locked down until Christmas, locked down until we get 80% of people through the vaccination program” if outbreaks were not contained quickly. He was pleased that their federal government had acknowledged that a swift lockdown was the best way to control outbreaks.
And now, the government has called in the army to help enforce new lockdown rules.2 Even the liberal-leaning Human Rights Watch said that the Australian state’s lockdown threatened basic rights and advised Victoria’s parliament to reject new attempts to broaden police powers.
“Rights should be upheld and reinforced during a pandemic, not abandoned,” – Elaine Pearson, Australia director
Police officers can enter homes with neither a warrant nor permission. This is an astonishing violation of civil liberties. Let us hope that the United States and other nations look to Australia and urge them to abandon their draconian police state once and for all. With leftist U.S. President Biden, that will not happen.