In the 21st century, Australia has undergone a self-inflicted economic, identity, and classically liberal decline. The Australian National Cabinet’s response to the coronavirus pandemic over the past 18 months has accelerated this decline at a rapid pace. In attempting to eliminate all cases of the coronavirus from the Australian community our governments will end up eliminating Australia’s status as a first-world country.
Despite media and public health fascists still spreading alarm about new coronavirus variants, the people of North America and Europe have almost completely moved on from the pandemic with their governments and citizens turning their attention to other public policy issues.
Here is Australia rolling lockdowns are continuing, Victoria continues to go in and out of lockdown, the Greater Sydney lockdown drags on having no impact in flatting the curve, South East Queensland, South Australia, and Greater Perth have all had another period in lockdown. Australia achieved covid zero at the end of 2020 and thought it would stay that way throughout 2021.
The coronavirus has continued to spread throughout the world jumping from first world nations to third world nations which many are Australia’s neighbours in the Asia-Pacific region. With more coronavirus in the world in 2021 the more chance that it would leak from Australia’s hotel quarantine facilities, and it did. But rather than consider living with the virus and managing outbreaks without shutting down jurisdictions Australia’s National Cabinet has doubled down: lockdowns whenever there is a community outbreak until 70-80% of Australians are vaccinated.
The National Cabinet has agreed to in principle a four-phase transition plan to have Australia finally live with the virus. The extremely high vaccination targets are based on modeling by the Doherty Institute a local infectious diseases research and response body.
Given that the Prime Minister, Premiers, and Chief Ministers have moved the goalposts when it comes to our pandemic response so many times many are rightfully doubtful they will open the country, abolish all restrictions like the UK has when we reached these vaccination targets. Their excuse for going to lockdowns as a first response instead of as a last resort is because the Delta variant is a game-changer. How do we know that when we reach these vaccination targets there won’t be some new variant which they will claim is another game changer and therefore we need to keep restrictions on businesses, gatherings, and continue to mandate masks and QR codes until we all receive a new booster shot?
Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg this week presented treasury modeling which claimed short sharp lockdowns to get on top of Delta outbreaks are what’s best for the economy. We shall wait for the September quarter’s economic figures taking into account the recent rolling lockdowns to find out if that is the case.
When Victoria was locked down for 112 days last year utilizing a police state enforcement many Australians simply thought such brutally enforced lockdown is something that would only happen in a one-party socialist state like Victoria under a Premier who behaves more like a dictator in Dan Andrews.
But what has occurred in NSW under the state’s police enforcing the Greater Sydney lockdown is that they have gone even further than the Victoria Police did in 2020. Record number of fines issued each day, police patrolling shopping areas to check non-essential shopping and browsing is not taking place. NSW even increased their mask non-compliance fine from $200 to $500.
For some covid-zero advocates, this is all still not enough and desire governments to empower state police with even greater powers to shut down dissent to lockdowns even in the online sphere. Australia’s online political culture was already toxic but the discussions around the pandemic response have seen even more vile and vicious remarks made online by Australians against their fellow Australians.
Foreign freedom activists such as Katie Hopkins and Paul Joseph Watson are reporting to their global audience about the horror of the police state Australian lockdown. Their interpretation is that Australia has regressed to its penal colony beginnings.
Many Australians are resigned to the fact whether they are in or out of a lockdown at the moment that this will be their lives for the rest of 2021, a mystery case away from a lockdown. They are also resigned to the fact that no matter if covid is eliminated again in their jurisdiction it will keep coming back in like a boomerang.
Those journalists who keep asking the NSW Government officials if they could do an even tougher lockdown respond that those who feed us during lockdowns can’t stay home and people still need to eat which is why you can’t shut down every workplace because of the risk of a covid outbreak.
Any further business and industry restrictions in Greater Sydney such as the construction ban will eliminate prosperity from that city and Australia as a whole. Eliminating the virus forever at any cost means eliminating a free and prosperous Australia as we knew it last century and leaving us a fractured and divided nation.