September 15, 2020
Melburnians are living under coronavirus lockdown rules even more severe than communist North Korea or China – despite having human rights laws.
The central Chinese city of Wuhan, the original epicentre of COVID-19, was locked down for 76 days until April while the even more repressive North Korean hermit kingdom sealed off its border city of Kaesong for just three weeks in July and August.
Melbourne, by comparison, was locked down from late March until May 24 only for 36 suburbs in the Victorian capital in early July to again be placed under strict, Stage Three restrictions.
Stay-at-home orders were also imposed on residents in public housing tower blocks near the city, leading to distressed scenes with police.
On August 2, all of metropolitan Melbourne was placed on ultra-strict, Stage Four restrictions with residents banned from straying more than 5km from home.
Melbourne’s five million residents are also fined $1,652 if they are outside between the hours of 8pm and 5am – despite police not requesting a curfew.
Restrictions are set be extended into late October, unless there were fewer than five new daily cases over two weeks.
Swinburne University Law School dean Professor Mirko Bagaric noted Melburnians would effectively have been locked up for six months.
He argued Victoria’s Socialist Left faction Labor Premier Daniel Andrews was even harsher on Melburnians than the communist governments of China and North Korea as part of a flawed elimination strategy.
‘Only Victoria has chosen to barricade its citizens,’ Professor Bagaric told Daily Mail Australia.
This article was posted: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 3:32 am