The most ironic thing about the vaccine mandate situation in Australia is people let us get to this point.
For years, Australian governments have been slowly chipping away at our freedoms while we let them. It all started with the Internet Blocklist
legislation which was passed with the intention of blocking sites with restricted and dangerous content (like child pornography). Then, it was amended
and used as a tool for rights holders to petition the government to block websites they don't like. Some people spoke out, but nothing happened.
And then, they got more brazen. They introduced a mandatory metadata retention law, requiring ISP's and carriage providers to store metadata on what
everyday Australians were doing. The websites you visited, the calls you made and received, your text messages. Once again, a few people spoke out and
nothing happened. Nobody seems to care enough.
Getting more aroused by how easy it was to steal away some privacy from its citizens, the government did it again.
The Assistance and
Access Act 2018
is an anti-encryption bill that allows law enforcement agencies to compel providers to give access to encrypted communications
or install devices that allow them to intercept encrypted communications. They did this under terrorism-related concerns, but it's just another tool
in the arsenal of control for the Australian government.
And then, they just got even more brazen.
The Identity-matching Services Bill
, a government-supported facial verification system. Just like what they have in China. Not content with just knowing what you're doing on
the internet and who you're speaking to, they want to store you in a surveillance system and inevitably introduce a network of CCTV cameras that
follow your every movement. Sound familiar?
Oh, you thought they were done? How about the
Surveillance Legislation Amendment Bill
? This allows law enforcement agencies to modify, add, copy or delete data when investigating serious crimes. Now, they can compel platforms
like Facebook and Twitter to allow unrestricted access to your accounts under the guise of investigating crime.
So, while people complain about vaccine mandates, the government already took away your rights a long time ago. Gradually, we are turning into a
surveillance state inspired by China. I wish people were more outraged when previous privacy and freedom eroding bills were introduced as they are