Rights and Freedoms

This Headline Is ‘Hateful’ To Victorians
25 September 2021

This Headline Is ‘Hateful’ To Victorians

Anything you say could be a crime under the Andrews government It’s not hard to see why Michael O’Brien’s leadership of the Liberal party in Victoria had become so tenuous before his resignation earlier this month when you consider the party’s failure to take a stand on freedom of speech. For 18 months the state government has exercised arbitrary and
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Freedom: What Was So Hard To Gain, Is Now At Risk
21 September 2021

Freedom: What Was So Hard To Gain, Is Now At Risk

In April, Prime Minister Scott Morrison told Australians that Australia’s period of time spent in Afghanistan was worth it, because “freedom is always worth it.” But despite this comment, Australians are currently experiencing the most restrictions on their freedoms ever. We are currently imprisoned three times over; in our houses, in our respective states, and in our own country. In Sydney,
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The Human Rights Establishment’s Greatest Priority? A Closed Shop
21 September 2021

The Human Rights Establishment’s Greatest Priority? A Closed Shop

When you hear that 85 human rights experts have co-signed a public letter to the federal attorney-general one could only assume that it is in protest of some genuine human rights crisis, such as the prolonged use of draconian and arbitrary emergency powers, or the proposed vaccine passports, or even the suspension of parliamentary democracy and accountability. This assumption might be accurate
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Why a move to home quarantine is long overdue
1 September 2021

Why a move to home quarantine is long overdue

For those stuck in their umpteenth lockdown – despair not! It seems that after 18 months of working from home, someone in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet has finally found a copy of the Commonwealth government’s pandemic preparedness plan hidden away on the Department of Health website.  While doing a radio blitz on Tuesday Prime Minister Scott Morrison gave some indication that
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Retreat At Last From Zero-Covid
27 August 2021

Retreat At Last From Zero-Covid

A few days ago Australians got as much of an acknowledgement of the failure of the country’s always-doomed-to-fail “zero-COVID” strategy as they’re ever likely to get. On Monday on these pages, Tony Blakely – an epidemiologist and professor at the University of Melbourne, and probably the nation’s loudest advocate for the elimination of COVID-19 by shutting businesses, closing schools and not allowing
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Australia Is At Breaking Point
26 August 2021

Australia Is At Breaking Point

Protesters shot with rubber bullets. Teenagers chased off beaches by police helicopters. Rescue dogs shot dead. This is how Australia, once branded as a model for tackling Covid, is behaving 18 months into the pandemic. Covid panic has turned normal people into monsters and neighbours into spies. The world is starting to take notice. International media outlets spent most of 2020 filming
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We Australians Are Sick Of The Zero-Covid Delusion
26 August 2021

We Australians Are Sick Of The Zero-Covid Delusion

Yes, everything you’ve heard about Australia and coronavirus is true. Yes, the entire city of Greater Sydney has been in full lockdown since late June, at which time there were 82 cases in the entire state of New South Wales. Not 82 deaths, not 82 hospitalisations – 82 cases. At the time the latest lockdown was announced here in Melbourne, the
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Putting A Price On The Cost Of Covid Lockdowns
24 August 2021

Putting A Price On The Cost Of Covid Lockdowns

We are not – and have never been – ‘in this together’. As thousands of Australians lined up outside Centrelink in March last year, the politicians and bureaucrats responsible watched from their taxpayer-funded offices. For public servants, professionals and the independently wealthy, lockdowns have been at worst an inconvenience. For small business owners and those employed by them, they have been
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Abuse Of Power Is Appalling
23 August 2021

Abuse Of Power Is Appalling

The closure of state parliament last week and the reintroduction of a nightly curfew across Melbourne are stunning reminders of the lawlessness that has characterised Victoria’s government under the guise of protecting public health. Keen observers in Victoria might have noticed a subtle change to the parliamentary calendar last week. Where it once showed both parliamentary chambers sitting from Tuesday
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New Zealand’s Zero Covid Trap
19 August 2021

New Zealand’s Zero Covid Trap

If you live are one of the 4,060 people who live in Balclutha on New Zealand’s South Island, you are forbidden from visiting friends or family, sitting down at a café, taking your child to a playground or school, or going to work (unless you are a key worker). You can’t even get vaccinated, as New Zealand has briefly suspended its vaccine
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