Dictator Dan's Latest Pandemic Power Grab

Emboldened by the power vacuum created by Prime Minister Scott Morrison's lack of leadership, state premiers continue to use the fear of COVID-19 to lock in unprecedented, dictator-like powers.

Historically, in times of crisis politicians tend to reach for more power and some can become intoxicated by it. If left unchecked, these emergency powers are prone to abuse.
This seems to be the case with Labor Premier Dan Andrews in Victoria as debate rages over a bill introduced by the Andrews administration which would create permanent powers to declare pandemics despite zero cases and jail Australians caught breaching new restrictions.

This kind of extreme overreach and abuse of powers is strongly opposed by Pauline Hanson's One Nation and many others. From the Daily Mail, "Dan Andrews' pandemic power grab has been torn apart by the Victorian Bar legal association, which has 'grave concerns' about the premier's 'draconian' new laws."

"The Victorian Bar warned the bill hands the health minister 'effectively unlimited power to rule the state by decree, for an effectively indefinite period, and without effective judicial or parliamentary oversight.'"

"The Bar fears the new laws give the government unrestricted powers without any effective oversight to hold it to account. It also allows the government to target any specific section of society, whether it's race, religion, age, gender or even just political rivals."

The latest example of this worrying trend is Dan Andrews' Orwellian-named " Public Health and Wellbeing Amendment (Pandemic Management) Bill 2021".

From the Australian Financial Review, "Powerful emergency pandemic laws are set to pass the Victorian Parliament, despite trenchant criticism the laws are a dangerous overreach and will concentrate power with Premier Daniel Andrews."

"The Public Health and Wellbeing Amendment (Pandemic Management) Bill 2021 would give the premier authority to declare a pandemic and the health minister, rather than chief health officer, the role of making health orders."

"Those found guilty of 'intentionally and recklessly' breaching public health orders face two years in jail or a $90,000 fine, under the proposed laws."

As I have said before, State premiers are walking all over the Prime Minister and his so-called national plan, locking down communities, refusing to commit to the open borders that are the constitutional right of every Australian citizen, and seizing more and more power.

Scott Morrison is impotent to prevent it because he’s too gutless to challenge these state premiers and their authoritarian overreach through legislation or in the high court.

Clearly, the Morrison Government has failed in its duty to protect the rights and freedoms of Australians.