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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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COVID19 and the Path to Pragmatic Acceptance
26 August 2020

COVID19 and the Path to Pragmatic Acceptance

In Victoria there has been a furious reaction to the casual announcement by the Premier, Daniel Andrews, that he would recall Parliament in order to seek an extension to the powers to make orders under the State of Emergency, which otherwise would be limited to six months. In our polarised society the political debate swiftly resolved into two main camps
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Australia Has Returned To Being A Convict Nation
25 August 2020

Australia Has Returned To Being A Convict Nation

It must be nice to be Shane Warne. Shane was one of the 22,640 citizens The Australian Border Force granted permission to leave the country between March 25 and July 31. The 69,310 people who were denied permission in this time are people like Donna Burton, an Australian woman who was forced to forfeit her $2,000 (£1,100) airfare to London
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Private Sector Smashed While Bureaucrats Flourish In Lockdown
13 August 2020

Private Sector Smashed While Bureaucrats Flourish In Lockdown

More than 604,000 private sector jobs have been destroyed since lockdowns were introduced in March while 14,000 jobs have been added to the public sector according to an analysis of Australian Bureau of Statistics data released today by the Institute of Public Affairs. Private sector jobs declined by 5% between 14 March and 25 July while public sector jobs increased
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Checked Out: When Activism Quarantines Common Sense
13 August 2020

Checked Out: When Activism Quarantines Common Sense

If you want to know what is going wrong in Victoria, all you need do is look at a job being advertised on Seek by the state’s Department of Justice and Community Safety. The department wishes to hire a “director, inclusion and intersectionality”, for which it is offering a generous salary of $192,800-$249,700 plus superannuation. According to the ad, the
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We’re Not All In This Together
10 August 2020

We’re Not All In This Together

As Victoria is plunged back into lockdowns, with those in greater Melbourne facing unprecedented restrictions on their every move, the difference between the two Australias has never been so stark.  Since March, the elites have been out of touch with ordinary Australians. Over four months ago, Prime Minister Scott Morrison told us that “we’re all in this together,” a slogan repeated by
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Melbourne’s Slide Into Covid Dystopia
8 August 2020

Melbourne’s Slide Into Covid Dystopia

A couple are watching their child play in a playground. They are fined by the police. They are further than five kilometres from their home. A man leaves his home at 9.30pm to buy some cigarettes. He too is fined: $1,652. He has left his house during the city-wide curfew, which comes in at 8pm. On Facebook, two men plan
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The Economic Crisis Is Still To Come
7 August 2020

The Economic Crisis Is Still To Come

It is pretty clear what Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews wants: the overwhelming majority of Victorians to remain in their homes for, at least, 23 hours a day. Go out for exercise, and shopping, if you must. Don’t go out between 8pm and 5am at all. If you don’t know, the answer is “no”. Stay at home is the very clear
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Stage 4 A $3.17 Billion Hit Per Week To The Victorian Economy
3 August 2020

Stage 4 A $3.17 Billion Hit Per Week To The Victorian Economy

Free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has estimated that Stage 4 restrictions imposed by the Victorian Government will hit Gross State Product by $3.17 billion per week. This is based on the New Zealand Reserve Bank which estimated that during stage four GDP in New Zealand was 37 percent lower than it would’ve been without lockdown. “The
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