Are you crazy about power?Australian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews Pandemic Excess


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Rising vaccination rates in Australia continue to hunt down most states towards more important relaxation of restrictions in time for Christmas.

In some parts of the country, there is growing expectation that the blockade of COVID-19 has been left to history and will never be imposed again.

But thanks to the enthusiasm of Prime Minister Daniel Andrews and his government, the people of Victoria face a very different outlook for the future.

Victorians have endured some of the most ridiculous and seemingly useless limits, in addition to some of the longest blockades in the world.

But now, with a new bill passing parliament, the Andrews government wants to insist on even more severe pandemic power than ever exercised. Obviously, once the power habits have been mastered, it can be difficult to kick them.

The government’s public health and welfare amendment (Pandemic Management Bill 2021), introduced in the State House of Representatives this week, hastily passed Congress before the current emergency authority expires in mid-December.

However, opponents of the bill are wary of many of its strict provisions and are trying to put a brake on the bill to ensure that it undergoes complete and proper scrutiny.

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On October 30, a woman who opposed the Victoria State Government’s pandemic law raised a flag during a protest in Melbourne, Australia. (Included)

The bill aims to “protect Victoria’s public health and well-being” and is a regulatory framework for managing “the serious risks to life, public health and well-being posed by the outbreak or epidemic of a pandemic.” Trying to establish.

The proposed framework promises greater transparency and accountability, but it actually offers three worrying steps: a law that engages in unreviewable and arbitrary exercise of power. Authority.

The first step in this framework is to give Premier the full power to make a “pandemic declaration” even if there are no cases of pandemic disease in Victoria.

And once implemented, the bill does not set a time limit on the duration of such declarations. If the prime minister says there is a pandemic, Victorian people can’t do anything about it.

Step 2 questions or disagrees with the advice received or given, even if the Prime Minister needs to seek advice before making a pandemic declaration and then sets it before the reasons for the congressional declaration. The opportunity to recite is denied.

All the prime minister needs to do is declare that they are “satisfied” that there is a serious risk of a pandemic, even if it works in the future.

Step 3 is a punishment in the form of a 10x increase in fines and the possibility of imprisonment.

Individuals who break a “pandemic order” face a new maximum fine of nearly $ 22,000 (US $ 16,300). This is not affordable for most people. The new business penalty will be $ 109,000 (US $ 80,700). Quarantine violations impose the strictest fines. $ 90,500 ($ 67,000) for an individual or two years in prison.

The Government of Andrews wants to ignite the management of the COVID-19 pandemic so that it has full authority and is available in sufficient time for the next pandemic.

And the government’s message is clear: complete and obedient obedience to its orders and directives.

Objections are considered a threat to public health and safety. No more ignoring public health orders, going out on the streets to protest the destruction of life and livelihoods, and sneaking through the bonds of quarantine prisoners.

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Police are trying to disband construction workers and demonstrators protesting the COVID-19 regulation in Melbourne on September 22, 2021. (ConChronis / AFP via Getty Images)

The government has issued a smooth guarantee that the law is only aimed at ensuring “public health and welfare” in the face of future pandemics. He also argues that the impact of pandemic orders may be considered by a new organization, the Independent Pandemic Management Advisory Board (IPMAC).

But IPMAC is more than pure advice. It consists of human rights and public health professionals carefully selected by the Minister of Health.

However, such guarantees do little to quell concerns expressed by peak agencies such as the Victorian Bar Association.

They said the bill was, in fact, a pandemic declaration, a health order, and parliamentary democracy. Instead, the bill transfers power from Congress to a single non-reviewable decision.

Andrews’ willingness to seize more power supports an old saying that was once seized by the government during times of crisis. Power is rarely relinquished when the crisis subsides.

With most of Australia beginning to emerge from the long shadow of COVID-19, it’s time to regain freedom and lift the heavy hands of the authoritarian government from the shoulders of all Australians.

Instead, a cloud of dissatisfaction has already fallen above the Victorian people.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

Peter culti

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Peter Kurti is Director of Cultural, Prosperity and Civil Society Programs at the Independent Research Center in Sydney, Australia. He is also a part-time associate professor at Notre Dame University in Australia, writing a wide range of religious, liberal and civil society issues.

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