What was very difficult to get is now at risk



In April, Prime Minister Scott Morrison told Australians that the time Australia spent in Afghanistan was “always worth the freedom,” so it was worth it.

However, despite this comment, Australians are currently experiencing the most freedom restrictions to date. We are currently imprisoned more than three times. In our homes, in each state, and in our country.

In Sydney, the Defense Forces are used to enforce house arrest on civilians. In Melbourne, unarmed civilians on the streets, believing it was worth fighting for freedom, were indiscriminately shot by riot police with non-lethal bullets and pepper spray.

It must be remembered that all Australians, regardless of their current social status, are the direct beneficiaries of the freedom that each of us has struggled to gain.

In the early days of the exile, Captain Arthur Phillip imagined that if the colony of the future would be a successful society, he would enjoy “British freedom.”

During the 200 years, Australians fought their teeth and claws to become free people who could rule their lives and rule them.

They fought for freedom of religion, freedom of conscience, and freedom of speech. They fought for freedom of movement, freedom of protest, and protection from national tyranny and government overkill. This was achieved primarily thanks to the 1215 Magna Carta.

In 1854 Peter Lalor led men and women Eureka gold mine The government at the time responded to exorbitantly priced mining licenses by dispatching troops to ensure compliance. Many were taken out of prison and wore uniforms. They made an oath, meaning, “We oath to Southern Cross, face each other truly, and fight to protect our rights and freedoms.”

In 20 yearsNS In the century, thousands of Australians volunteered to die for these freedoms in two world wars. They understood the serious threats facing democracies around the world and were ready to die to protect them. They are immortalized at the Byzantine dome of the Australian War Memorial. This dome was designed to “evoke the renewal of the power of life and celebrate the immortality of the dead to believe in freedom and ultimately protect it.”

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The Australian War Memorial held in Canberra, Australia on April 25, 2020. (Rohan Thomson / Getty Images)

Just 75 years later, we realized that in the history of the country, freedom-conscious Australians were in a strange position to justify why freedom was good.

To make matters worse, freedom-believers have been demonized as national enemies by politicians, the media, and their fellow citizens.

The speed at which many Australians trust their freedom and hand it over to the state is amazing, and the willingness of citizens to report on others is even more amazing.

Australia is a country where the majority of the population is doing what is said. As a result, Australians believe that the government is in its best interests and has a great deal of trust in democratic institutions.

On the whole, this makes sense because Australia is fairly well governed.

But over the last 18 months, Australians have shown the same tendency towards Australians, so there is now a good reason to distrust state and federal governments.

For example, we know that the public has little trust until they can use the phone to track and monitor whether an individual is illegally dumping garbage.

The current problem is that we have to lose confidence in the government and decide what action all Australian citizens should take. If they choose to exercise their democratic right to protest, they are at risk of being arrested or shot with non-lethal bullets.

Therefore, the only way we can regain freedom is to use democracy itself, one of the few democracy systems we have left, to elect politicians to regain us freedom.

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





Bella d’Abrera is the director of the Institute of Public Affairs’ Western Civilization Program Foundation in Melbourne, Australia. She holds a master’s and doctoral degree in Spanish from the University of St Andrews. Majored in history at Cambridge University. She is the author of academic treatises and articles on education, religion, freedom and culture.