Australia over the last year has made a rapid and insane slide into what seems to be straight-up dystopian tyranny: The country's news media has effectively become state COVID-19 propaganda, the New South Wales government is literally dictating the number of minutes that people may spend outside of their houses, and the South Australian government is going to force people to photograph themselves to prove that they are staying at home during quarantine.
Add to this list of obscenities a new program being pushed by the country's central government, one that will allow police access to private social media accounts and effectively "de-anonymize" the Internet:
Seriously, what is going on over there? Could someone call on Australia and check if it's okay? Because it has essentially become a country with what appears to be no civil liberties, limitless government powers, and a quasi-eternal COVID lockdown.
Was it always like this, and the world just didn't notice? Or did COVID hysteria just blow the country completely past the brink and into a sort of federalized dictatorship?
Someone in the Australian media should ask the country's leaders about that — if indeed the country still has a free media, which by the time you've finished reading this it might honestly not.
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