IPA With You

The IPA With You Episode 6: Is Victoria Now A Police State?

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1 September 2020



Violent scenes in outer Melbourne over the weekend show that Victoria Police are getting serious about anti-lockdown protests. Is this a necessary measure to restrict mass gatherings, or an unacceptable limit on our civil and political rights?

And why didn’t we see the same police response months ago during the so-called Black Lives Matter rallies? Are the police picking and choosing which form of speech is acceptable and which isn’t?

We hear from libertarian activist and political commentator Topher Field about the various protest movements floating around online. Are they really the ‘tinfoil hat brigade’ that the police claim?

Plus we hear from one of the many Victorian mums frustrated with lockdown measures, and talk about what effect they’re having on our children.


Cassie Zevros, 7 News, Twitter


Suzan Delibasic, ‘Dandenong’s drug and crime crisis back in the spotlight as businesses close’, Greater Dandenong Leader, 10 March 2020


Jack Paynter, ‘Dandenong protest: Police vow to arrest and fine anti-lockdown marchers‘, The Australian


Brianna Travers, Herald Sun, Twitter


@awakeinaus_, Twitter https://twitter.com/awakeinaus_/statu…

Joey Riordan, ‘Police threaten to jail Sam Newman over “illegal” protest plan’, 7 Sport


Brianna Travers, ‘Black Lives Matter protest will take place outside Parliament in Victoria‘, Herald Sun, 3 June 2020


Rachel Baxendale, ‘Black Lives Matter protest linked to tower cluster’, The Australian, 15 July 2020



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Gideon Rozner

Gideon Rozner is the Director of Policy at the Institute of Public Affairs

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