• OT - Australia cancels GP, institutes Orwllian controls on citizens

    From keithr0@21:1/5 to All on Sat Sep 4 22:03:56 2021
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    On 4/09/2021 12:33 am, a425couple wrote:
    mostly OT - Australia cancels GP, institutes Orwllian controls on citizens

    From the liberal Atlantic:


    Australia Traded Away Too Much Liberty
    How long can a democracy maintain emergency restrictions and
    still call itself a free country?

    By Conor Friedersdorf

    In a bid to keep the coronavirus out of the country, Australia’s federal and state governments imposed draconian restrictions on its citizens.
    Prime Minister Scott Morrison knows that the burden is too heavy. “This
    is not a sustainable way to live in this country,” he recently declared. One prominent civil libertarian summed up the rules by lamenting, “We’ve never seen anything like this in our lifetimes.”

    Up to now one of Earth’s freest societies, Australia has become a hermit continent. How long can a country maintain emergency restrictions on its citizens’ lives while still calling itself a liberal democracy?

    Australia has been testing the limits.

    Before 2020, the idea of Australia all but forbidding its citizens from leaving the country, a restriction associated with Communist regimes,
    was unthinkable. Today, it is a widely accepted policy. “Australia’s borders are currently closed and international travel from Australia
    remains strictly controlled to help prevent the spread of COVID-19,” a government website declares. “International travel from Australia is
    only available if you are exempt or you have been granted an individual exemption.”


    Intrastate travel within Australia is also severely restricted. And
    the government of South Australia, one of the country’s six states, developed and is now testing an app as Orwellian as any in the free
    world to enforce its quarantine rules. People in South Australia will
    be forced to download an app that combines facial recognition and geolocation. The state will text them at random times, and thereafter
    they will have 15 minutes to take a picture of their face in the
    location where they are supposed to be. Should they fail, the local
    police department will be sent to follow up in person. “We don’t tell them how often or when, on a random basis they have to reply within 15 minutes,”

    Premier Steven Marshall explained. “I think every South Australian
    should feel pretty proud that we are the national pilot for the
    home-based quarantine app.”

    Proud, proud Australians.

    Live free or die eh? It just a pity that, in the US, it's a case of live
    free AND die.

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