… Australia and New Zealand are presently living with all four of the key hallmarks of a police state:
- Draconian laws depriving citizens of elementary civil rights.
- A mass media supportive of the state’s messaging and deprivation of rights.
- Informants and ideological division in the community.
- Excessive and unnecessary use of police forces.
We have witnessed an astonishing violation of human liberties, with the kind of restrictions now imposed on the lives of millions of people looking harsh in comparison to 1950s East Berlin.
People will argue that a ‘temporary’ police state has been justified because of the unique threat to life posed by the coronavirus. I do not believe the data will bear that out. Regardless, let us at least agree the pacific is closer to totalitarianism than ever history — and the world must take note. ..