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Victoria premier extends lockdown, again, as Aussie police granted power to covertly hack citizens’ phones & alter data

Police arrest a protester during an anti-lockdown rally in Melbourne on August 21, 2021 as the city experiences its sixth lockdown © AFP / William West
RT | September 1, 2021

Victoria’s premier has announced that a statewide lockdown will remain in place until most residents are vaccinated, just days after Australia adopted new legislation giving sweeping surveillance and spy powers to police.

Draconian measures covering the entire southeast Australian state will only start to be eased once 70% of the population receives at least one dose of the Covid vaccine, Premier Dan Andrews decreed on Wednesday. The government said it hoped to reach this target on or around September 23.

In a written statement, Andrews claimed that lifting restrictions would “overrun” the state’s healthcare system. With a population of around 6.6 million, Victoria currently has less than 60 Covid hospitalizations.

The entire state has been under strict lockdown for nearly a month. After shutting down non-essential activity in Melbourne, Andrews decided to extend restrictions to the entire state on August 5, citing the alleged detection of Covid-19 in wastewater 236km (147 miles) from the city. He was later forced to admit that the sewage in question had actually tested negative for the virus. Nonetheless, the statewide lockdown, which was only supposed to last seven days, has remained in place.

Currently, Victorians are not allowed to venture more than five kilometers (3.1 miles) from their homes – and only for “essential” activities. Andrews promised to increase the travel radius to 10km once the state’s vaccination benchmark is met.

The new conditions for easing lockdown were revealed a week after Australia passed a controversial bill giving police the ability to secretly seize and alter internet accounts.

Known as the Surveillance Legislation Amendment (Identify and Disrupt) bill, the legislation allows the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to take over, and modify or delete, the accounts of cybercriminal suspects.

Although authorities claim that the law will help crack down on pedophiles, terrorists and drug traffickers, many on social media expressed concern that the extensive powers were further evidence of Australia sliding into authoritarianism.

The Australian state has recorded 822 Covid-linked deaths since March 2020. To put this figure in perspective, more than 950 Victorians have died from suicide over the same period.

The state’s draconian restrictions have been blamed for fueling a mental health crisis, especially among the young. While only one Australian aged 19 or younger has died with Covid-19, eight teenage girls have taken their own lives in Victoria in the first seven months of the year.

September 1, 2021 - Posted by | Civil Liberties | , ,

3 Comments »

  1. ——just shaking my head. ——

    No
    Forget it Politicians and Communist Enthusiasts
    Don’t even Think about it.
    Don’t.

    That BS, suffices to say……..
    This ain’t …. Austrailia. (Read that Again) <—-
    People ARE DIFFERENT. (Read that Again) <—-

    Like

    Comment by Chris | September 1, 2021 | Reply

  2. The Lunacy of Corona Virus is not just restricted to the Northern Hemisphere, We are being driven insane “Down Under” as well……..

    Like

    Comment by brianharryaustralia | September 1, 2021 | Reply

  3. Wanna be freaked by a skulking vindictive evil psychopathic retarded narcissistic maggot that has gone into a full loon meltdown and has the diabolic power to incinerate any and all on sight whatever those goggle snake hole eyes spy accompanied by the withered shrieking hag howl that passes for some kind of zombie screech from its skeletal reptilian throat hole that berates, insults and peels paint from walls, cars, dunnies and rusty bicycles within 2 kilometers?

    If you do want to be flayed alive by this sexless alien reptilian possessed creature of the pits then be warned…you will never be the same after exposing yourself to this consummate filth!

    Gladys Berejerkof Takes Over The World… at least the kangaroo bit.

    Onward down the toilet with all these stinking turds.

    Gimp Ouch Witz was never so much ….fun
    https://www.bitchute.com/video/caEvLjaaCWGB/

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    Comment by Martillo | September 2, 2021 | Reply


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