New South Wales Under Dictatorship Too
The latest outburst of the Wuhan virus in NSW and extending into other states appears to be the result of the NSW government ignoring warnings and leaving limousine drivers for airline crew unregulated.
Who paid the consequences? Not the NSW Berejiklian government and certainly not the responsible Health Minister Hazzard, who quietly changed the law about limousine drivers with a stroke of the pen after the lockdown began, without any prior checks or balances.
And if ‘we’re all in this together’, why don’t politicians share in the pain and forgo all salary over $2500 a week? Instead, the people of greater Sydney, which now includes most of NSW’s population will pay. And like the East German Stasi, the NSW police are, with the Premier’s blessing, building up an army of informers. These are not to inform on misbehaving or incompetent politicians, but rather on other citizens who do not follow to the letter the latest laws.
One regulation even forbids browsing in shops. So don’t check on that fruit before you decide which to buy. And you must go shopping alone. People living in Fairfield but working outside ―most of them —have to be tested every three days. After a full days’ work, many had to queue for over eight hours on the first night to find the testing station closed.
Yet according to many in the commentariat, the NSW Premier was, when it came to dealing with Wuhan, the ‘gold standard’.
The dreaded QR code is everywhere, despite warnings by respected computer law expert, Professor Graham Greeleaf, of its many dangers, including potential identity theft and government abuse. In the meantime, the West Australian dictatorship hints that the border may be closed permanently, contrary to the Constitution which Canberra shows no interest in enforcing.
It is hard to have confidence in a Premier who believes Australians are no good at manufacturing but then imports ferries which rust and are of a size which will decapitate passengers when they go under bridges, as well as trains too wide to fit into existing tunnels. This is a government which, instead of buying modern trackless trams, bankrupted dozens of businesses, wasted a fortune and took over four years to lay a tram track down George Street. According to ICAC, after ten years, the government has still not implemented all of its recommendations to protect against the corruption risks involved in lobbying.
These should have been in place had two curious operations proceeded until increasing public outrage stopped them. They were the sale of extremely valuable city land on which the Powerhouse Museum stands following its transfer to flood-prone land at Parramatta or the expropriation of cemeteries well-run by the Catholic Church. And notwithstanding the disaster of privatising compliance with building standards by developers which resulted in jerry-built home units, the government insisted on privatising land registration.
What is most damming is that the Premier presides over schools where neo-Marxists seem free to indoctrinate and abuse children, with standards constantly falling below those of comparable countries. And why does her government’s energy policy seem as if it were written by the Greens? Why was abortion law ‘reform’, never mentioned in the election, presumably to increase abortions and initially proposing just a touch of infanticide in relation to babies who survive, allowed to be a priority issue?
But as regards Wuhan, all the evidence shows that large lockdowns on the Communist Chinese model do not work and are enormously destructive of businesses, careers and lives.
The last model you would have thought any Coalition or indeed Labor government would use.
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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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