A growing fascism in Australia is becoming evident and alarming. Based on the new health status controls of vaccine passports for Covid-19 – we can forget what the Prime Minister would prefer to call them, for these are government mandated identity and travel papers – Australia is dangerously close to authoritarian rule.
From media reports there seems to be support for proof of vaccination to obtain service, at least in NSW, where Sydneysiders and some of the regions have endured weeks of harsh lockdowns and even curfews in certain LGAs.
As the old saying goes: “you don’t need to be a rocket scientist” to work out that people want their lives back, to go to work and to socialise as they want, so vaccine passports, it would seem, must come to be. Perhaps some businesses will follow the government’s lead and deny service to the unvaccinated in order to trade, despite federal and state anti-discrimination legislation outlawing such treatment. But were it not for government coercion of the populace to be vaccinated, and the continual lockdowns even for a tiny
number of cases, vaccine passports more than likely would not pass the Pub Test. But if we are to have them, where will vaccine passports lead Australia?
Vaccination passports will lead this country into places and to ideas that will end the notion that we are a western, liberal democracy with equal rights for all. More than free
movement is at stake here, important as that is. Also in jeopardy will be equal treatment before the law because access to government offices, including the courts, will be denied citizens who refuse to be vaccinated.
And what will become of Medicare and our insistence on universal health? Will hospital admissions and access to treatment be decided not because of need but by a tick on a smart phone? Are Australians ready to accept that along with the end of universal benefits will come the end of the egalitarian Australian character to be replaced by a stratified society of truly second-class citizens? Moreover, does the risk of a “B” grade citizenship because of vaccination status lead eventually to a “C” and even to a “D” grade citizenship for other “crimes” against the status apparatus?
And what of taxing the unvaccinated? If the services that their taxes help to pay for will not be made available to the unvaccinated, or their families, it would seem only reasonable for that money to be retained in their pay-packet to make their own alternate arrangements along with every other part of their civil life if, of course, they can obtain any employment?
Lastly, what of universal suffrage and compulsory voting in this “New” Australia? Will the unvaccinated retain a right to vote?
On reflection, Australia, are you happy to sign up to this?