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Who’s got the power? It’s all about the lockdown

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One thing I’m sure of, when I have voted in previous elections, state and federal, it absolutely was not a vote (whatever party) for the current method of government that has been implemented with the use of health emergency powers.

Compare the new population control powers in Australia with the dictators of the past who have caused wars and suffering to millions of people. Dictators who have been removed from power with violence, removed by the democratic principle of governments; Saddam Hussein was one, and there are many others.

‘She’ll be right mate’, has now been changed in the great southern land to, ‘Do what you’re told mate, or else’. This has happened in the mist and fog of conflicting information about COVID-19, and almost secret manipulation of what the rule of law will allow.

Flash back to the last federal election; imagine a new government policy saying, ‘vote for us, we are now going to change the laws of governing (no debate, a new parliament), using new and existing laws to stop the transmission of a coronavirus, like the flu. Experts have said it can’t be done, but we can do it! We will make you wear facemasks and more, even though the evidence is conflicting. We will introduce new measures to control it. Your health matters, the cost is not important. The taxpayers will pay’.

Do we need a new open and transparent method of government? I will vote for that. A new political party to stop the dictatorial process, we are human beings, not a statistic on a graph.

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  1. Robert, I just can’t agree that we have all become a nation of forelock tuggers – She’ll be right mate’, has now been changed in the great southern land to, ‘Do what you’re told mate, or else‘.

    I agree this would be a concern if the sentiment in the great southern land was reflecting a sudden unquestioning obeisance to authority. Rather, the people I see seem to be saying, ‘Better do the right thing by your mates, mate.’

    ‘Do what you’re told or else’ suggests not taking the effort to become informed about the important issues facing our society but those who do make the effort to inform themselves about this issue – eg about the differences between influenza and Covid19 – generally make a conscious decision to cooperate with a collective effort.

    Sure the pointy heads are discovering new evidence about this novel virus and sure they sometimes disagree. What few with any credentials advocate though is doing nothing, letting the virus do its darndest, to frenziedly keep digging the rows of graves and hoping that the lingering damage to the lungs, hearts, kidneys and brains of some survivors (including the young) don’t linger forever.

    • Yes Liz L . Better do the right thing by your mates, mate .The laws need to be questioned in open transparent debate, this possibility has been diminished by the new health laws. Even the information we get from the government through the media is censored. The fact that this is happening does give rise to the possible unintended forelock tugging by people through lack of information.Take a good look at the questions being raised by health experts (Doctors and scientist) in Europe and other countries, (not just government media information) about the corona virus covid 19. It is very informative and raises serious questions about health effects that have plagued people for years not just 2020, The fact remains we now have Government health laws that are extremely difficult to question or contest even by the wealthy without punishment, That is what dictators do. Do as your told ,or else, Is not loving others as you love yourself

    • Is your comment is relating to what the Government is doing? look a the history of the changes to the Laws in Australia (say just the last 20 years). I am only only questioning the implications these laws have on individual human rights, I agree that it is the Governments mantra, any opinion, personal observation of things I have is just that, It is not me who is saying do what i say.

  2. Human Rights has had a hammering by governments for many decades
    & Australia’s situation is verging on the USA. Dutton’s new Asio laws for
    instance will not be in the publics’ interest. The governing party will go on
    doing as they choose while fining & locking-up the locals. Law & order…
    you can bet on it. We’ll be sold an ass.


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