(by Michael Haynes | LifeSite News) – Tens of thousands of Australians took to the streets this weekend in Melbourne, as the “huge movement” protested against new laws which would allow for the indefinite prolonging of “draconian” COVID-19 powers in the already regularly locked-down state.
The laws would lead to “an effectively unlimited power to rule the State by decree for an effectively indefinite period, and without effective judicial or parliamentary oversight,” according to Chris Blanden QC, the president of the Victoria Bar.
Andrews’ Public Health And Wellbeing Amendment (Pandemic Management) Bill 2021 and Emergency Powers (Emergency Powers) Safeguards Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 have passed the lower house, and have been predicted to pass the upper house early this week.
Due to its unspecified terms and open ended time limits, the Rule of Law Education Centre has warned that the Pandemic Management Bill would grant the Premier and the Health Minister “absolute, unreviewable power to indefinitely keep Victorians in lockdown.”
In response, and after many months of Andrews’ radical restrictions of freedomsthroughout the COVID-19 era, protestors flooded the streets, holding placards and chanting “Kill the bill” and “sack Dan Andrews.”
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The “huge movement,” was likened to a “runaway train” and commentators described the protest as a pivotal moment in the future of Victoria. The protestors rallied outside Parliament House, where speakers addressed the crowd and “a party atmosphere” spread through the streets. Read Full Article >