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In Charles Dickens’ novel, Oliver Twist, we find the oft-quoted phrase: the law is an ass.
Article by Rocco Loiacono from our partners at The Epoch Times.
In his view, the law no longer served the purpose of promoting justice and fairness but became corrupted by arbitrariness so that it served the interests of the few and not the many.
In other words, what is deemed legal may not always be lawful. Indeed, it may be immoral.
I could list many instances over the last year and a half where some of us have been more equal than others or where laws have been arbitrarily applied, leading to unjust and tragic outcomes.
Take, for example Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton travelling to Canberra for the annual dinner of the National Health and Medical Research Council—while Melburnians were prohibited from travelling more than 25km from home and couldn’t leave the state other than for work reasons.
What about Mark and Anneli Kilian, who flew from Los Angeles to Sydney to see Mark’s 80-year-old father, an Australian citizen, who is dying of cancer in Queensland? Only after several requests, followed by a public outcry, were they granted an exemption to leave hotel quarantine.
Many politicians or health bureaucrats have been slow to produce evidence of the benefits of repeated lockdowns and border closures, especially when the number of COVID-19 related deaths in Australia this year is, wait for it, zero.
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Add to this the secrecy about the science. The Morrison government has refused to release the Treasury department’s assessment of the costs of measures such as border closures, lockdowns, and schools being shut.
On this point, one of Australia’s foremost economists, Saul Eslake, wrote recently in the Australian Financial Review that it is “outrageous that the government won’t share with the public any of the basis for the decisions it has made”.
Professor Peter Swan of University of New South Wales is almost certainly correct in his assessment of what the government is hiding: “It would seem highly likely that the government has ignored advice from Treasury and elsewhere that [the] lockdown is almost entirely unproductive and ineffective, as well as being economically crippling.”
Furthermore, research released just this month by the National Bureau of Economic Research in the United States confirms, after an examination of data from all U.S. states plus 43 countries around the world, that there is no evidence of the foretold impact of lockdowns on reducing excess deaths, but there is evidence of excess overall deaths rising in the weeks following the inception of lockdowns.
In his most recent book, Enduring Ideas, Professor Gabriël Moens argues that there are instances of governmental arbitrariness which can be remedied only by means of civil disobedience, especially when some groups have entrenched power positions in society and use their power to impose their will on weaker and vulnerable classes of people.
In such circumstances, civil disobedience may be protected by Articles 18 and 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, particularly when the opportunities for change that are provided by the legal system are deficient.
This is an issue for Australians who uphold the noble ideal of respect for the rule of law.
The problem is how do we respect bad laws, when we should question their validity? Do we do enough to scrutinise the emergency powers our parliaments confer on ministers and public health officials, particularly when their justification is difficult to quantify?
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To be clear I am not advocating any form of lawbreaking.
However, with a federal election due in the next year, we need to let our parliamentarians know if we Australians think differently about how they are running the country.
Let’s not forget that both major parties are on a unity ticket when it comes to public health orders. In each state, the Public Health Acts pursuant to which these orders are made—with all their side-effects—were passed with bipartisan support.
As our longest-serving prime minister, Sir Robert Menzies said prophetically:
“We need constantly to remind ourselves that democracy can produce tyranny just as readily as any other system of government unless the individual democrat has learned to attach supreme importance to individual freedom.”
Rocco Loiacono is a senior lecturer at Curtin University Law School in Perth, Australia, and is a translator from Italian to English. His work on translation, linguistics, and law have been widely published in peer-reviewed journals.
New Conservative Network Seeks Crowdfunding Help
They say we have to go big or go home. We’re trying to go big and bring the patriotic truth the the nation, but we need help.
Readers may or may not realize that over the past year, we’ve been bringing more conservative news and opinion outlets under our wing. Don’t take our expansion as a sign of riches; all of the “acquisitions” have been through sweat and promises of greater things to come for all involved. As a result, we’ve been able to bring together several independent media sites under a unified vision of preventing America from succumbing to the progressive, “woke,” Neo-Marxist ideologies that are spreading like wildfire across America.
The slow and steady reopening of America is revealing there was a lot more economic hardship brought about from the Covd-19 lockdowns than most realize. While we continue to hope advertising dollars on the sites go up, it’s simply not enough to do things the right way. We are currently experiencing a gap between revenue and expenses that cannot be overcome by click-ads and MyPillow promos alone (promo code “NOQ” by the way).
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They’re Trying to Shut Us Down
Over the last several months, I’ve lost count of how many times the powers-that-be have tried to shut us down. They’ve sent hackers at us, forcing us to take extreme measures on web security. They sent attorneys after us, but thankfully we’re not easily intimidated by baseless accusations or threats. They’ve even gone so far as to make physical threats. Those can actually be a bit worrisome but Remington has me covered.
For us to continue to deliver the truth that Americans need to read and hear, we ask you, our amazing audience, for financial assistance. We just launched a GiveSendGo page to help us pay the bills. It’s brand new so don’t be discouraged by the lack of donations there. It’s a funny reality that the fewer the donations that have been made, the less likely people are willing to donate to it. One would think this is counterintuitive, but sometimes people are skeptical because they think that perhaps there’s a reason others haven’t been donating. In our situation, we’re just getting started so please don’t be shy if you have the means to help.
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