An insight into Australia’s draconian lockdown measures. (Pls help)
The Australian state premiers (essentially presidents of the states, the people who actually have power in this country) have decided to implement draconian lockdown restrictions on its citizens. Some of the shit just doesn’t make sense.
For example, Gladys berijiklian, the premier of my state a few weeks back said that all citizens are to wear masks when travelling outside unless they are exercising. Which just doesn’t make sense, the only time you aren’t exercising and travelling outside is when you’re in a car, which you would only be in with your family. (Public transport already had mask mandates). So me and my dad kinda got worried to even exercise out of threat of being arrested. We both decided fuck it, fine us we won’t pay, arrest us we won’t eat and went outside without masks. There’s no evidence of increased outdoor transmission so we don’t care.
I understand the cost of these lockdowns. My step sister lost her father and had a Skype call funeral. I know several people who have been found in tubs or hanging from trees. It pisses me off to the moon that this is just repressed and no one says anything. Even the far right sky news murdoch media doesn’t even talk about it. I guess it doesn’t fit the rich mans agenda.
We don’t have rights here in Australia. We have permissions. The premiere is pushing a narrative of “freedom will return after we comply”. Which is just sickening coming from the liberal nationals party which is all about freedom or whatever.
There are mass protests involving tens of thousands of people every weekend in Sydney, Brisbane, Victoria and in some of the towns like Townsville and Alice springs (which is literally in the middle of nowhere, hasn’t seen a single case, yet people are getting beaten up in the streets for drinking coffee ). These protests are also simply not covered by the mainstream media. They say “100s of arrogant irresponsible selfish australians protest in Melbourne’s CBD as Australia reaches new record of case numbers totalling 1200 a day” (literally any 9 news Australia report) despite the fact it’s not hundreds, it’s tens of thousands. Rebel news, an alternate media platform tries to cover the protests but has been mocked by the media. A Instagram influencer @australiavstheagenda one of the only libertarians in Australia was arrested for planning protests. They had cop checkpoints up and down the streets outside my house to stop people entering the city to protest.
I don’t want to make this a huge post, I’m warn out trying to convince my fellow Australians to even agree with me that this isn’t right anymore. No one addresses the mental health crisis, despite myself and many others in a crisis, some can’t even get help because of the rules. I more wanted to make this post to explain the dilemma I’m in.
I don’t subscribe to libertarianism, I don’t believe in subscription to categorisation. I think it tramples liberty and unity in a country by allowing the groupthink, however I do believe in freedom to the extent that I practice the American second amendment in Australia, where it is banned. (Can’t elaborate, it’s a crime but infer what you want. I would note that an Australian in the Northern Territory legally owns a mini gun that they strap to a helicopter to “hunt invasive species with” lol)
However, I’m not gonna protest. My dream is to be a politician and run on a “common sense” basis. It would do more harm then good in the long run for me to protest now rather then to do so when the public enemy is being used. However, obviously there is a limit to this. Me and my father (who is a left leaning economist) have both agreed that there are enough vaccines to have the country safe by November. If lockdowns don’t end in November, we both join the protests.
I hope this post gave some insight into Australia, I’m a kid sitting my final year exams, I’m a pretty smart kid but Im barely able to keep myself going. Many of us feel this way. But hey, it’s “for the greater good” so that means all these lockdowns and arrests, illegal disbanding of protests and forced confinement of citizens is justified right? Maybe I should watch that FEE video again…
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