Australia has been using draconian measures under the guise of keeping covid cases low to strip citizens of freedom. While Prime Minister Scott Morrison admits “this is not a sustainable way to live in this country” Premier Steven Marshall says “I think every South Australian should feel pretty proud that we are the national pilot for the home-based quarantine app.”
The app, developed by the government of South Australia, is now being tested to enforce its quarantine rules. “We’ve never seen anything like this in our lifetimes” lamented one prominent civil libertarian, The Atlantic writes.
“Returning travelers quarantining at home will be forced to download an app that combines facial recognition and geolocation. The state will text them at random times, and thereafter they will have 15 minutes to take a picture of their face in the location where they are supposed to be” reports The Atlantic.
If the order is not respected, the local police department will be sent to follow up in person. “We don’t tell them how often or when, on a random basis they have to reply within 15 minutes” said Premier Steven Marshall, who then explained how proud South Australians should be of the invention.
Prior to 2020, rules being imposed by Australia would be viewed solely as something to come from a Communist regime. Today, however, “Australia’s borders are currently closed and international travel from Australia remains strictly controlled to help prevent the spread of COVID-19” states a government website.
“International travel from Australia is only available if you are exempt or you have been granted an individual exemption.” Australia’s high court has already struck down a challenge to the extreme COVID-19 restrictions.
“It may be accepted that the travel restrictions are harsh. It may also be accepted that they intrude upon individual rights” the ruling said. “But Parliament was aware of that.” The Atlantic also notes “until last month, Australians who are residents of foreign countries were exempt from the rule so they could return to their residence. But the government tightened the restrictions further, trapping many of them in the country too.”