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April 22, 2024

Record breaking day of COVID deaths as Hillsong sings and dances the night away

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‘My thoughts my prayers and our hearts go out to all families right across New South Wales who have lost a loved one at this time,’ he said.

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It’s ok if it’s Hillsong

Mr Perrottet also addressed the issue of the recent Hillsong Youth Camp video which surfaced on social media showing hundreds of youth singing and dancing at an event in Newcastle.

Mr Perrottet said he was completely shocked to see that footage. ‘New South Wales Health was dealing with that last night and I think I echo the frustration and anger that people right across the state felt.

‘What has got us through the last two years has been the efforts and sacrifices that many have made to keep people safe. That means that many businesses have had to tailor the way they operate. Many people have had to change their behaviour to keep people safe.’

The current Public Health Order states that singing and dancing is not permitted at a hospitality venue, entertainment facility, nightclub, major recreation facility or music festival. Exceptions apply to a performer who is performing or rehearsing, a person who is instructing or being instructed, in singing or dancing, and a wedding service, or a gathering immediately following a wedding.

There are questions over exemptions as they are a religious movement, and the concert was part of a ‘worship’ service, but the footage and photos show it was clearly a celebratory and entertainment event and not just praising the Lord.

‘We have made those rules and even if technically, it was within the rules. It certainly wasn’t in the spirit of the rules. I understand that Hillsong are ensuring that that doesn’t occur again, but I was incredibly disappointed.

‘These rules aren’t there for the sake of it. These rules are in place to keep people safe. And for the 99.95 per cent of people who were doing the right thing. I think everyone would feel completely frustrated and shocked by what they saw last night. And you know, ‘ ‘The legal teams believe that it was in breach of the Public Health Order, then my expectation would be that a fine would be in place by the by the police force.’

Loopholes need to be tightened

Mr Perrottet said that loopholes might have to be tightened. ‘I don’t want to do that because that means it will capture a whole lot of other organisations that are doing the right thing. The vast majority of people across our state are doing the right thing. They’re following the rules to keep people safe. And this was an exception to those efforts, the sacrifices that people are making.

‘I’ll take the advice in relation to the legal team that New South Wales Health and if they are in breach, which is what the information I’ve received from the Health Minister is, then a fine should be issued.’


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  1. The Hillsong camp debacle won’t do much good for the relationship between SCOVID, the holy roller Pentecostalist prime minister and DOMICRON, the ardent Catholic premier, now that Domicron has declared that Hillsong ought to be fined for its egregious flouting of the rules.

    The pair of them have demonstrated utter ineptitude at managing the pandemic and ought to be turfed out at the first opportunity.

  2. ‘The legal teams believe that it was in breach of the Public Health Order,’……..!
    Why do we have to put up with idiots in government who are unable to understand a music festival ( even if sanctioned by a religious sect ) breaches every restriction we have to fight this plague ?
    God save us from Religion, G”)

  3. But, but, but, we “living with Covid ” – just don’t mention the deaths and more of the dying to come, we “surfing the wave” – an Omicron Tsunami!, we “pushing through” –what exactly?, we “taking wickets like Covid – Covid has been batting 2 years plus and still NOT OUT. Yes readers, it all part of Scomicron and Domicron grand plan of Economy, Economy, Economy. Public Health and Safety is…..pfffffff.

  4. Goodness gracious me… there’s no ‘fine for Hillsong either. The privileged once again
    get away with it. It’s an interconnecting pie-in-the-sky. Too precious for words.

  5. The Hillsong singing ravers just doing the Lord’s work, the work of Lord Covid. A religious Super Spreader event rightfully getting exemption from Lord Covid’s disciple Domicron. Still waiting to hear from Scomicron calling out Hillsong’s p a r t y. Maybe it was an Australian version UK Boris and his infamous p a r t y that wasn’t a pa r t y.


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