Australian Deputy Premier: Those Declining Vaccines Will “Lose Their Freedoms”

A protester punches police officers in Melbourne on September 5, 2020 during an anti-lockdown rally protesting the state’s strict lockdown laws as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)

The Deputy Premier of New South Wales, a state in southeastern Australia, struck a decisively authoritarian tone when threatening unvaccinated people on Monday.

There will be individuals in regional New South Wales who choose not to be vaccinated… Who will lose their freedoms on the eleventh of October. 

The message to the unvaccinated is that you will not achieve any further freedom unless you get vaccinated.

John Barilaro continues to mandate and enforce stay-at-home orders in the former penal colony, years after the arrival of the coronavirus to Australia and mass circulation of the disease. 

Barilaro was forced to apologize last month after calling 300 people who attended a man’s funeral “dickheads,” unaware that the event didn’t even violate Australia’s strict and authoritarian COVID laws. 

Images of draconian police crackdowns on protests in Australia have shocked the world, with police harassing free citizens for planning to attend a protest at their homes, and violently attacking those peacefully demonstrating against Orwellian stay-at-home mandates. There’s reason to believe Australia’s authoritarian response to COVID-19 has actually diminished trust in the vaccine and discouraged citizens from receiving it. 

Getting the vaccine is a good idea for most people, although there are real medical exceptions and dramatic insistences upon 100% vaccination are unrealistic and counterproductive. Australia’s prison regime is doubly so, creating what could be a compelling argument against vaccination by associating it with a brutal, tyrannical regime. 

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