COVID-19 travel ban unlawful | Take Back Your Country, Episode 3


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"The hallmark of a dictatorship is to deny citizens the universally recognized right to leave the country." • WATCH at • "Because the National Cabinet has no place in the Constitution, its decisions are effected by ministers making inadequately scrutinised subordinate legislation. One example is the Stalinist decision to refuse to allow citizens to leave the country. Exercising a power under the Biosecurity Act ‘to prevent or control the spread’ of the virus ‘to another country’, the Health Minister on 25 March decreed that an Australian citizen ‘must not leave Australian territory as a passenger’ without satisfying some faceless bureaucrat that he or she has ‘a ‘compelling reason’ to leave. The reasons are narrowed down on the official website. Officials and businesspeople apart, ‘compelling reasons’ are limited to medical treatment not available in Australia or on compassionate or humanitarian grounds. According to reports, these take time and are rarely granted. This almost blanket ban on travelling is beyond the narrow power Parliament gave the minister to stop the spread of the virus to another country. This is a funnel the size of which constrains the minister, whatever the National Cabinet wants, to make subordinate legislation of no greater width. .He could have quite properly required that people leaving be tested.. But like a Stalinist state, you can’t leave without the agreement of some faceless bureaucrat. This tyrannical requirement could be as much an actionable misfeasance in public office as was the Gillard government’s totally unnecessarily and legally unjustifiable total ban on the export of live cattle to Indonesia. This is but one example of ministers wielding powers unnecessarily and capriciously restricting Australians in the exercise of their fundamental rights, including the common law rights to carry on a business, to work or to move around." ••••• If you want a deeper understanding of the issues than is usually offered by the mainstream media, you want The Good Sauce. To make sure you never miss a single Good Sauce video, subscribe to this YouTube channel and click the bell icon (or you won't get notifications). The Good Sauce is fan-funded through monthly and one-time donations. To help keep our videos free and produce more content like this, please consider making a donation: Do you find the quality of "news" frequently frustrating? Does the "reporting" of political news rarely seem balanced? Sincere discussions on policy ideas is vital to having a healthy democracy. No matter who you normally vote for, we need to be able to consider and understand other perspectives, if only to better refute them. New videos every day. ••••• Sign up for our newsletter with the best of The Good Sauce delivered to your inbox once a month: ••••• • Follow The Good Sauce on Twitter: • Follow The Good Sauce on Facebook: • Follow The Good Sauce on Instagram: ••••• LISTEN to The Good Sauce on podcast with Apple, Spotify, Google, SoundCloud or PlayerFM.

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