‘Across the world there’s been dismay at how Australians have seemingly welcomed the rise of authoritarianism to deal with the pandemic. Is there something in our cultural makeup or national history that’s enabled all of this? And are there parallels to other moments in our history?
To answer that question we turn to Dr Stephen Chavura — an historian and political studies lecturer — who has been shocked but not entirely surprised as to where we now find ourselves.
Dr Chavura teaches European and Australian history at Campion College. He has taught the philosophy of social science and political theory and several Australian universities. He has published in numerous journals including History of European Ideas, Journal of Religious History, and Australian Journal of Political Science. His most recent (co-authored) books are The Forgotten Menzies: The World Picture of Australia’s Longest Serving Prime Minister (MUP, 2021) and Reason, Religion, and the Australian Polity: A Secular State? (Routledge, 2019).
‘The New York Police Department has been filmed removing a mother and her crying child from a restaurant for allegedly failing to show proof of vaccination cards.
The distressing video shows half a dozen officers surrounding a booth occupied by the woman and her visibly distressed young son, as the police inform diners that anyone who is eating without a vaccination card will be arrested for trespassing unless they leave voluntarily.
“Unless you have vaccination cards you have to exit the restaurant. If you leave voluntarily, there will be no charges pressed against you. Otherwise, you will be arrested for trespassing.” pic.twitter.com/2uDsdCPH45— Ben Davis (@BenDavisCP) December 27, 2021
‘Many of us have become aware over the course of the pandemic (if we didn’t know it beforehand), that the mainstream media peddles extreme bias and lies, and tries to palm off their fakery as fact. They take us all for chumps, but Australians are far too smart than to fall for that rubbish.
This week, I was once again smeared and verballed by the fake news media who insinuated I had equated Australian COVID-19 quarantine camps with Auschwitz when I was interviewed by Alex Jones on InfoWars.
Let me be clear: At no point did I equate quarantine camps with Auschwitz or, for that matter, anything to do with Nazi Germany. Nor did I “laugh” at Jones’ suggestion that the fencing around the quarantine camp “looks like something out of Auschwitz or something”. I groaned in dismay at the images of the ridiculous security fences running along these quarantine camps (below) which I was viewing at the time.
Media also claimed I had encouraged protests against Australia at overseas embassies which, again, was false. One Labor politician even claimed I had committed treason. In reality I was asked by Jones what I thought of Americans who had been protesting for the rights of Australians in front of Australian embassies.
The other attack point was that I even went on Infowars and spoke to Alex Jones at all. To that charge, let me quote conservative activist Candace Owens (from a post to her Facebook page this week): “Everybody knows that you’re not allowed to talk to Alex Jones… which is exactly why I decided to speak with Alex Jones… I don’t follow rules established by authoritarian cowards.” Amen to that.
After all the fake news media and political hyperventilation about this matter over the course of the past week, I want to put forward a simple point: This is all about trying to turn people’s focus away from real problems and towards imaginary ones. Making me a villain is a good diversion from the horrible reality that vaccine mandates are causing Australians to lose their jobs, and that many Australian families are suffering as a result.
And there’s also the question of what’s worse: that a Member of Parliament sat for an interview with someone who provocatively overreached in comparing the fences of an Australian quarantine camp with that of Auschwitz, or the fact we actually have quarantine camps in our country where people who have simply had contact with someone with COVID-19, can be locked up for two weeks, against their will, with no legal recourse or appeal?
Now, I am not for this young lady lying to the authorities but neither do I agree with the treatment she received. Australian’s will no longer be a free society if something doesn’t change at next years election.
Right now people can be denied service in businesses if they have not been double vaccinated and, worse still, people have lost or are losing their jobs in government agencies and private corporations for not having had the COVID-19 vaccine.
This process of a government official or a private business requesting to see your medical records in order to discriminate against you is a form of apartheid that must end now.
The Human Rights Commission says that the request for private medical data through some vaccine passport system “may have significant implications for privacy and autonomy, freedom of movement and association, equity and discrimination, particularly when it comes to accessing everyday goods and services.”
‘The Austrian government is meeting over the weekend with the intent of imposing a nationwide lockdown on unvaccinated citizens, and at least two provinces are slated to be under such orders starting Monday.
Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said Friday that he and regional leaders would get together on Sunday to discuss the plans, and that “The aim is very clear: that we give the green light this Sunday for a nationwide lockdown for the unvaccinated,” the Associated Press reported.
Regardless of whether the federal government approves the lockdown for the unvaccinated to apply to the entire country, unvaccinated residents in the provinces of Upper Austria and Salzburg will be under lockdown beginning Monday and will only be allowed to leave their homes for necessities such as buying groceries or going to doctor’s appointments.
Unvaccinated Austrians are already banned from going to events that have 25 or more attendees, and have also been prohibited from going to hairdressers or most restaurants under rules that went into effect this week.
According to reports, controversy arose after officials ruled that “fully vaccinated” city employees still need to wear a special “sticker” on their person showing that they got injected, should they “opt out” of wearing a face mask while at the office.
Beginning next week, City Manager Edward Starr is planning to enforce the new rule, which he says is designed to ensure that Montclair is in full compliance with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s edicts concerning a “safe” return to the workplace.
Newsom is demanding that all public employees submit evidence or sign a pledge indicating that they received a Trump Vaccine if they want to stop covering their breathing holes with cloth or Chinese plastic. Montclair is taking things a step further by marking the vaccinated who choose to show their faces at work.
Australia’s Prime Minister ‘Scott Morrison says Australians who choose not to get vaccinated against COVID-19 will face more restrictions than their fully-vaccinated counterparts once everyone in the country has has the chance to get the jab.
Mr Morrison told Neil Mitchell vaccination will not be made mandatory, and backed away from the idea of a vaccine passport, but said there will be restrictions on what unvaccinated Australians can do.
“We’d have to have more restrictions on people who are unvaccinated because they’re a danger to themselves and others,” he said.
“If you’re not vaccinated you present a greater health risk to yourself and to others than people who are vaccinated … and public health decisions will have to be made on that basis.”
As Neil Mitchell grilled Mr Morrison over the vaccine rollout, the Prime Minister encouraged Australians to bring forward their second AstraZeneca dose to four weeks after the first.
NEIL MITCHELL: “Do you want everybody to bring forward their AstraZeneca dose?”
SCOTT MORRISON: “Well if they are in a position to do that, that is consistent with the license for AstraZeneca.”
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) says vaccines may be given between four and eight weeks apart in outbreak situations, but the preferred interval between doses in non-outbreak settings remains at 12 weeks.