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If 2020 were a triumph as The Washington Post reports President-for-life Xi claims, this triumph was reflected in Australia as early as March when the National Cabinet chose to ignore world’s best practice as developed in Taiwan. As the former Victorian Treasury economist Sanjeev Sabhlock puts is, they embraced instead  ‘’ the cowardly, totalitarian, zombie ways of the communist Chinese government”, and especially, their alien lockdown.   

There could no better example of the application of Acton’s great principle that absolute power corrupts absolutely than the political mismanagement of the Wuhan virus in Australia.   

Politicians and bureaucrats, encouraged by the mainstream media, would have you believe that the lesser impact of the virus in Australia is all their work. 

Not so.  

It is because we are one or two remote islands.   

The National Cabinet’s appalling adoption of the Beijing model with its cruel private sector small-business lockdown, one based on faulty and secretive computer modelling, has had appalling consequences. With world’s best practice, Taiwan, with a similar population has had only seven deaths and that without suffocating so many businesses and careers, causing so much unnecessary stress and grief, nor abandoning the vulnerable, as our politicians have.   

As mentioned previously here, every one of our lauded checks and balances have failed to discipline our embryonic dictatorial class. With unchecked  power , they are now playing with Australians as a cat plays with a wounded mouse.  

Inexplicably abandoning flattening-the-curve for eradication, they almost daily preside over communiques concerning a grim 1984-style endless struggle, with their inevitable outbreaks, clusters and continual testing, with all of which dutiful media endeavour to shock the population into obedience .   

The politicians invariably camouflage this Orwellian game by claiming that their action is justified by ‘the’ science. But as they were with stomach ulcers, scientists are as divided on this as they are on global warming.  

‘The’ science is used to justify, without proper explanation, such arbitrary nonsense as in NSW this week when suddenly only 100 people can go to a funeral or a wedding ― even one in a vast cathedral, or masks are made compulsory when,  even at the height of the plague, they were deemed not so important as to justify compulsion by-word-of-Premier while a major sports event is now properly allowed to proceed.   

This is a dark power game.   

The worst manifestation is the ultimate toy of the power-crazy, the opening and closing state borders on a whim clearly designed to create maximum stress, torment and even inhuman grief.   

Given that the High Court has so casually abdicated any control in this area notwithstanding the core constitutional principle that trade, commerce and intercourse between the states be absolutely free, the answer is for Canberra to begin to offer some real national leadership.  

Hitherto world leadership among federations Australia seems to be the world leader in so greedily cornering the highest proportion of   taxes raised.   

The solution is simple: federal legislation authorising the only permissible internal quarantines. These would be in tightly prescribed areas and times through a regulation adopted by he Federal Executive Council on the basis of immediately published medical evidence demonstrating necessity and with the support of a committee of three eminent experts and two eminent public members.    

This would be subject to a broadcast committee hearing within three working days, with renewal public hearings every seven days until ended and with a devil’s advocate, an Alan Jones, to expose chicanery and mendacity.     

Playing games with state borders, too often for political advantage, demonstrates that most states are too large and too centralised, holding back development outside bloated capitals, especially the three in the East. They are bloated because of high immigration undertaken for the purpose of fabricating fake GDP growth. The politicians ensure minimal regional development by refusing to harvest water in any significant way.   

There has not been a new state in Australia since 1859; in the same time Americans have had about 20. The people of a potential state should be able to initiate by petition a referendum for its formation.   


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Professor David Flint AM is an emeritus professor of law and was chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Authority and the Australian Press Council, president of the National Federation of the English Speaking Union, Associate Commissioner with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and convenor of the Committee of Australian Law Deans. He has been National Convenor of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy since the 1999 referendum campaign. He has authored books on topics such as the media, international economic law and on the Constitution. At Barcelona in 1991 he received a World Jurist Association award as World Outstanding Legal Scholar. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1995. His Good Sauce show,Take Back Your Country, discusses the problems and solutions to the decay of federalism and democracy.

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