Rights and Freedoms

Medical Capacity: An Alternative To Lockdowns
30 September 2020

Medical Capacity: An Alternative To Lockdowns

The best available domestic and international evidence suggests that lockdowns don’t work. They impose significant social, cultural, humanitarian, and economic costs while at best being of debatable efficacy in managing the propagation of COVID-19 over the long term. At worst, lockdowns are counterproductive because the negative health consequences they induce can come to outweigh the direct health benefits of reducing
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18C On Steroids
26 September 2020

18C On Steroids

The idea that a sitting Tasmanian senator can be dragged before the state Anti-Discrimination Commissioner for her public comments shows the draconian reach of Australia’s speech restricting anti-discrimination laws. Claire Chandler, the Liberal Senator for Tasmania, revealed in federal parliament earlier this month that she had received a letter from the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, Sarah Bolt, summoning the senator to attend
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Why I Was Right About Victoria’s Police State
25 September 2020

Why I Was Right About Victoria’s Police State

At the beginning of April, I wrote in these pages that Labor Premier Daniel Andrews, in response to COVID-19, had created a “police state” in Victoria. The column ran with the standfirst: “Economic devastation, house arrest and a police state. Surely there could have been a better way.” I described how under Andrews the most extreme home detention laws in the country
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Covid Totalitarianism
17 September 2020

Covid Totalitarianism

The actions of Victoria Police in the egregious arrest of Ballarat mother Zoe Buhler for posting about an anti-lockdown protest on social media is a graphic representation of Victoria’s slide into totalitarianism during the era of COVID-19.  In scenes that have gone global earlier this month, three police officers—intimidatingly clad in face masks and black “uniforms”—served a search warrant on
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Australia’s Violent Enforcement Of Lockdowns Sparks Memories of the Eureka Rebellion
16 September 2020

Australia’s Violent Enforcement Of Lockdowns Sparks Memories of the Eureka Rebellion

This article was coauthored by Mark Hornshaw, lecturer in Economics, Entrepreneurship and Management at The University of Notre Dame Australia. It originally ran on the website for the Foundation of Economic Education.   2020 is looking eerily similar to 1854 for the people of Victoria, Australia’s second most populous state. This footage reveals a little of the current scene, with Aussies protesting
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The Increasing Threat Of Delegated Legislation – Legislation Put Above The Power Of Parliament
9 September 2020

The Increasing Threat Of Delegated Legislation – Legislation Put Above The Power Of Parliament

“It’s probably a bit unusual for me to be in agreement with the IPA,” said Labor Senator Kim Carr. “I have been known to say some nasty things about you.”  This utterance occurred during a hearing of the Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation on 27 August, of which Carr is a member. The Committee is currently inquiring
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COVID Dystopia Comes To Melbourne
8 September 2020

COVID Dystopia Comes To Melbourne

It was the image that shocked Australia and soon went global. A pregnant woman, handcuffed in her own kitchen, in front of her children, as police officers seized every computer, tablet and cell phone in the house before frog-marching her off to the station. It’s the treatment that Australians are used to seeing meted out to drug traffickers, suspected terrorists
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Australia’s Covid Police State
7 September 2020

Australia’s Covid Police State

Last week’s arrest of Zoe Buhler by Australian police, the video of which swept the world, should terrify every person who believes in liberal democracy. Buhler, a 28-year-old pregnant mother, was arrested at her home near Ballarat, Victoria, on Wednesday. She was handcuffed in front of her family, had her computer and phones confiscated, and was led out of her house by the
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Dan Vs Democracy
29 August 2020

Dan Vs Democracy

When Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says that it is ‘foreseeable’ that a state of emergency could last beyond another 12 months, Australians would not be out of place in wondering if that means until or beyond the next state election due in November 2022. Australians would also not be out of place in wondering what expectations Mr Andrews is trying
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Dan’s Divine Rule Betrays Our History
28 August 2020

Dan’s Divine Rule Betrays Our History

Most Victorians wouldn’t have a clue what you were talking about if you said Premier Daniel Andrews was acting like King Charles I. Coronavirus or not, the government of the state of Victoria – with its arbitrary police arrests, the locking of people in their homes and the bankrupting of their businesses by executive decree, and the suspension of Parliament to avoid any
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