Source – zerohedge.com
– “…If there is one thing that terrifies increasingly tyrannical governments, it’s a loss of control of the narrative, which is why the Australian government is getting a jump start on curbing any so-called “conspiracy theorists” daring to spread information that questions the fear-mongering being used to keep Aussie citizens under lock and key”
SM:…I’m assuming this will expand to include anyone who adheres to the absurd ‘theory’ that a rag-tag team of rank amateur’s could somehow evade the multi-billion dollar American national security apparatus with nothing more than box cutters – hell yah, lock’em up!….
Australia Pushes New Measure To Detain COVID “Conspiracy Theorists”
Weekend demonstrations have flared up in Australia over the last month, as Aussies have vented their frustrations and attempted to take back control of their communities after a surge in virus cases prompted the government to re-implement some of the world’s most draconian social-distancing measures.
(Also Read: America: Land of the Free… and Conspiracy Nuts – By Finian Cunningham @ https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2020/09/16/america-land-of-the-free-and-conspiracy-nuts/)
And if there is one thing that terrifies increasingly tyrannical governments, it’s a loss of control of the narrative, which is why the Australian government is getting a jump start on curbing any so-called “conspiracy theorists” daring to spread information that questions the fear-mongering being used to keep Aussie citizens under lock and key.
A new bill is expected to be debated by the Victorian government in the State Parliament this week. It gives local authorities the power to detain “conspiracy theorists” and people who refuse to self-isolate, reported Caldron Pool.
A state government spokesman told The Age that the rule could be applied to “conspiracy theorists who refuse to self-isolate or severely drug-affected or mentally impaired people who do not have the capacity to quarantine.” Those arrested under the new rule will be housed in quarantine facilities.
Attorney-General Jill Hennessy said the new bill would “allow us to continue responding to the challenges the pandemic presents, so we can keep protecting Victorians and delivering the services they rely on.”
So far, many of the anti-lockdown demonstrations have been held on the weekends. At least 200 people were fined and 74 arrested at a protest in Melbourne on Sunday. If the bill is passed, some protesters would be rounded up and arrested, and could spend time in a quarantine facility.
Clearly, the government’s intent to extend powers and detain conspiracy theorists and those who pose a risk of spreading the virus should be alarming to readers.
In a glimpse of what is ahead, authorities have already arrested a Melbourne woman for allegedly writing pro-anti lockdown posts on social media
Notably, after widespread social media account deletions, TheConversation notes that QAnon has attracted a lot of followers in Australia, so what comes next? ‘Re-education centers’ for QAnons?
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COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2020
COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2020
TABLE OF PROVISIONS
Part 1—Preliminary 1
1 Purpose 1
2 Commencement 2
Part 2—Amendment of COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Act 2020 3
3 Extension of operation of Part 2.1 3
4 Regulations dealing with transitional matters 3
5 Repeal of spent Chapters 3
6 New Chapter 7 inserted 3
Part 3—Amendment of Acts—New temporary measures and extension of existing temporary measures 4
Division 1—Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 4
7 Insertion of new Division 4A of Part 8.5A 4
8 New section 600WA inserted 5
9 Application of Part 1.2 principles 7
10 Section 600ZC substituted 7
Division 2—Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997 8
11 Court may determine certain matters without hearing 8
12 Repeal of Part 8
Division 3—Magistrates’ Court Act 1989 9
13 Additional powers of registrars 9
14 Repeal of Part 9
Division 4—Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 9
15 New Part 16 inserted 9
Division 5—Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 11
16 New Part 13 inserted 11
Part 4—Amendment of Acts—Extension of temporary measures 16
Division 1—Accident Compensation Act 1985 16
17 Termination of weekly payments after expiry of entitlement period 16
18 Repeal of Part 16
Division 2—Bail Act 1977 16
19 Repeal of Part 16
Division 3—Corrections Act 1986 16
20 Repeal of Part 16
Division 4—County Court Act 1958 16
21 Repeal of Part 16
Division 5—Court Security Act 1980 17
22 Repeal of section 17
Division 6—Criminal Procedure Act 2009 17
23 Repeal of Chapter 17
Division 7—Education and Training Reform Act 2006 17
24 Extension of registration period—providers of accredited senior secondary courses and senior secondary qualifications 17
25 Extension of registration period for RTOs 17
26 Institute may extend provisional registration of a teacher 17
27 Institute may extend provisional registration of an early childhood teacher 18
28 Institute may extend non-practising registration of teacher or early childhood teacher 18
29 Institute may extend duration of permission to teach 18
30 Repeal of Chapter 18
Division 8—Evidence (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1958 18
31 Repeal of Part 18
Division 9—Family Violence Protection Act 2008 18
32 Repeal of Part 18
Division 10—Fines Reform Act 2014 19
33 Repeal of Part 19
Division 11—Local Government Act 2020 19
34 Definitions 19
35 Repeal of Part 19
Division 12—Oaths and Affirmations Act 2018 19
36 Repeal of Part 19
Division 13—Open Courts Act 2013 19
37 Repeal of Part 19
Division 14—Parliamentary Committees Act 2003 20
38 Repeal of Part 20
Division 15—Personal Safety Intervention Orders Act 2010 20
39 Repeal of Part 20
Division 16—Planning and Environment Act 1987 20
40 Repeal of Part 20
Division 17—Sentencing Act 1991 20
41 Repeal of Part 20
Division 18—Supreme Court Act 1986 20
42 Repeal of Part 20
Division 19—Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 1998 21
43 Repeal of Part 21
Division 20—Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013 21
44 Termination of weekly payments after expiry of second entitlement period 21
45 Repeal of Part 21
Part 5—Repeal of this Act 22
46 Repeal of this Act 22
1 General information 23
Barrister Stuart Wood AM QC says in the Victorian Government’s COVID-19 omnibus bill, time honoured principles have been thrown out and replaced by the idea that the “unqualified, untrained should have the power of detention over fellow citizens”.
Mr Wood is among a group of 18 retired judges and high-powered Queen’s Counsels calling on the Victorian Parliament to reject the COVID-19 Omnibus Measures Amendment Bill.
On Tuesday, they signed a letter against the Bill, over concerns it endangers the freedoms of Victorians.
The Victorian government’s COVID-19 Omnibus Emergency Measures and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2020 was rushed through the state’s legislative assembly last week.
The bill – which will last until April 2021 – gives officers the power to detain people whom they perceive to be a high risk person (either with COVID-19 or a close contact) and who refuses to comply with health directives.
Mr Wood told Sky News host Peta Credlin what united all the signatories in wanting to speak out against this bill, was “first, this bill attempts to empower unqualified, untrained citizens.”
“Second, it empowers these unqualified, untrained citizens with the draconian ability to detain fellow citizens,” he said.
“Normally, that sort of power is vested only in skilled and trained and qualified personnel, like the police force, people who are subject to a whole raft of rules and regulations.
“Yet here, these time honoured principles have been thrown out and in its place is the idea that the unqualified, untrained should have the power of detention over fellow citizens.”
When Sky News host Peta Credlin askd Mr Wood if he’d seen anything like this bill before, he said he hadn’t, adding “it’s extraordinary”.