We live in a time where you can be in the name of fairness you can’t share the stories you write for my news publication on social media. We live in a time in which in the name of the common good you can be kicked out of your bank and online payment system simply for expressing the wrong political views. We live in a time in which in the name of social justice you can commit a serious crime but get a more lenient sentence if you happen to be the right skin color. We live in a time in which in the name of safety you can be arrested for exercising your right to peaceful protest if you happen to be protesting the wrong thing of course.
I came across the below speech and thought of how much Australia had become like this. However the Australian Government is just better at hiding what laws they are instigating.
Don’t Forget What Happened During the Plague (Because you cant mention the C Word) Since COVID the Cuntry has never been the same!
Just a quick idea of laws and acts brought into parliment concerning freedom of assembly, covid 19 breaches in human rights, Communications Legislation, anti terrorism laws such as consorting laws, I still havent looked into banking within this country.
Freedom of assembly
New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria adopted new laws carrying large fines and prison sentences for participating in unauthorized protests.
In August, police in New South Wales arrested 34 peaceful protesters and a legal observer at a demonstration in Sydney against government inaction on climate change. Twenty-one people were charged under the Roads and Crimes Legislation Amendment Act 2022 and faced a two-year prison sentence or a fine of up to AUD 22,000 (approximately USD 14,170) if convicted.
Australia has restricted the rights of its own citizens to enter and leave their own country.
Strict arrival quotas due to limited quarantine facilities left more than 43,000 Australian citizens stranded abroad.
From March 2020 to November 2021, Australia banned its citizens from leaving the country as a public health measure during the Covid-19 pandemic, unless they met strict criteria. In August 2021, the ban was expanded to include Australians who normally live abroad. This punitive approach to travel left tens of thousands of Australian families separated from their loved ones.
After a spike in Covid-19 cases in India in May, the Australian government announced a temporary measure of banning Australians who had been in India from entering Australia. Those who disobeyed could face fines of up to AU$66,000 (US$56,000) or five years in prison. No bans on citizens were put in place following similar spikes in 2020 in the US and UK.
Freedom of Expression
Human Rights Watch research found that Australian universities are failing to protect the academic freedom of students from China and of academics who criticize the Chinese Communist Party, leaving them vulnerable to harassment and intimidation by Chinese government supporters. Chinese pro-democracy students in Australia alter their behavior and self-censor to avoid threats and harassment from fellow classmates and being “reported on” by them to authorities back home.
A new regulation was introduced into parliament in August that would make it easier to deregister nongovernmental organizations if they promote protests in which minor offenses occur.
Terrorism and Counterterrorism
A bill to create new police powers to conduct online surveillance of criminal suspects and take over their accounts was passed by parliament in August, despite the legislation failing to implement safeguards recommended by a parliamentary committee.
A number of rights have been restricted during the COVID-19 pandemic. They include:
The right to freedom of association: With the virus being air-borne and aggressively transmitted in groups, social distancing is key to limiting the spread. Restrictions on association with other people have been introduced worldwide during the pandemic. Restrictions have ranged from total bans on associating with anyone outside your household to only being allowed to gather in groups of limited size for purposes like weddings, funerals, and work.
The right to peaceful assembly: Protests involve large groups of people meeting together and so have been restricted during the pandemic for similar reasons. Rights to protest and freedom of expression can be exercised in other ways – such as online – and have not been completely restricted.
The right to liberty of movement: This applies to moving between states in Australia as well as to the freedom to leave a country (including Australia). Border restrictions are explicitly recognised in international law as a right that may be lawfully restricted during a public emergency.
The right to family reunification: This includes a right to reunification across borders, but is similarly recognised in international law as a right that may be lawfully restricted in a time of public emergency.
The right to enter your own country: International law provides that people should not be arbitrarily deprived of this right. Again, it is a right that may be lawfully restricted in a time of public emergency.
The Communications Legislation Amendment (Combating Misinformation and Disinformation) Bill 2023 is now in the public consultation stage.
No other nation can match the volume of Australia’s counter-terrorism laws. Their sheer scope is staggering. They include:
control orders, which allow courts to impose a wide range of restrictions and obligations on people to prevent future wrongdoing. They can mandate curfews, limits on phone or internet usage and electronic monitoring
preventative detention orders, which allow police to detain people secretly for up to two weeks, either to prevent an attack or protect evidence relating to a recent one
mandatory retention of all Australians’ metadata for two years and access by enforcement agencies without a warrant
a power for the home affairs minister to strip dual citizens involved in terrorism of their Australian citizenship.
Many of these schemes are unprecedented in Australian law, outstripping even our historical wartime powers.
] The 54 Acts are:
1. Criminal Code Amendment (Anti-Hoax and Other Measures) Act 2002 (Cth);
3. Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism Act 2002 (Cth);
4. Criminal Code Amendment (Suppression of Terrorist Bombings) Act 2002 (Cth);
10. Criminal Code Amendment (Terrorist Organisations) Act 2002 (Cth);
11. Criminal Code Amendment (Offences against Australians) Act 2002 (Cth);
12. Charter of the United Nations Amendment Act 2002 (Cth);
16. Criminal Code Amendment (Terrorism) Act 2003 (Cth);
17. Criminal Code Amendment (Hizballah) Act 2003 (Cth);
19. Criminal Code Amendment (Hamas and Lashkar-e-Tayyiba) Act 2003 (Cth);
27. Criminal Code Amendment (Terrorist Organisations) Act 2004 (Cth);
39. Anti-Terrorism Act 2005 (Cth);