To Good people everywhere, this is a great short video explaining the Victorian COVID-19 Omnibus Bill that is planned to pass into legislation through Victorian Parliament around early to mid October this year. It is without doubt one of the most disgraceful pieces of legislation ever written. The following post from NSW Liberal MP Craig Kelly I feel sums it up nicely. If you value Australia being a Representative Democracy (well for the next four weeks anyway if you are in Victoria) you must watch this video and share it far and wide xxx Pastor Paul
“The Victorian Labor government has introduced a bill to parliament that coupled with other measures is one of the most egregious attacks on civil liberties seen in war or peacetime.
The Bill would allow people to be detained indefinitely and give sweeping powers to untrained people to become “authorised officers” with sweeping powers to arrest and detain fellow Victorians.Called the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Amendment Bill, it overrides all other laws and legislation with the exception of the Charter of Human Rights (which the government ignores as it is not binding), the State Constitution Act 1975 and the laws created by the Bill itself.
The Bill confers and extraordinary power to the Secretary of the Department of Health to appoint public servants as “authorised officers” with the same powers as police.However worse than that is a provision which allows the secretary to appoint any of the following as an “authorised officer”:
[A] person the Secretary considers appropriate for appointment based on the person’s skills, attributes, experience or otherwise…This will expand the persons who may be appointed as authorised officers. It is intended to include additional public sector employees from Victoria as well as such employees from other Australian jurisdictions, and individuals with a connection to particular communities to ensure that certain activities, such as contact tracing, can be conducted in a culturally safe manner.
This sweeping power means the Secretary could appoint anyone as an “authorised office”; a member of the ADF who already patrols Melbourne streets with police or even a member of the Hell’s Angels.The Bill is mute on the specifics of who could be appointed. The Secretary has been given carte blanche to appoint anyone who has the “skills, attributes, experience or otherwise”.The word “otherwise” so broad and non-specific it gives rise to real concerns about who the Secretary could or would appoint. Critically there is no mention in the Bill of what sort of training these “authorised officers” would be given or the equipment they would be issued with.If you thought the hotel quarantine scheme was a fiasco image the damage and drama that could be wrought by this proposal.The Bill also “provides that an authorised officer may be assisted by any person in exercising a public health risk power under an authorisation given by the Chief Health Officer.”
Anyway, Victoria possibly has about four weeks left before becoming a Tyrannical Dictatorship and most of Australia is blissfully ignorant and even worse many are thinking that is being done to protect them from a highly infectious cold with a 1% mortality rate.
xxx Pastor Paul