The land once known far and wide as a nation of cast-offs and convicts is now back behind bars.
Australia has deployed hundreds of soldiers to Sydney to help enforce a Covid lockdown.
A Delta outbreak which began in June has produced nearly 3,000 infections and led to nine deaths.
Australian Defence Force soldiers will undergo training on the weekend before beginning unarmed patrols on Monday.
But many have questioned whether the military intervention is necessary, calling it heavy-handed.
The lockdown – in place until at least 28 August – bars people from leaving their home except for essential exercise, shopping, caregiving and other reasons.
Soldiers will join police in virus hotspots to ensure people are following the rules, which include a 10km (6.2 miles) travel limit.
State Police Minister David Elliott said it would help because a small minority of Sydneysiders thought “the rules didn’t apply to them”.
Information provided by health officials indicates the virus is mainly spreading through permitted movement.
The Australian Lawyers Alliance, a civil rights group, called the deployment a “concerning use” of the army in a liberal democracy.
Oh, is that what you think you are? Because you look like something else entirely from here. Then again, though, here in AINO (America In Name Only), we have precious little room to talk these days.
As a GFZ commenter helpfully points out: nine (count ’em, 9) deaths…in a city of five million. Yep, this is one Heap Big Scary Death Plague, all right. Speaking of GFZ, via whom etc:
Can we liberate a Western nation from tyranny in which the people would be grateful for our sacrifice?
That would be nice.
Go down under, shoot some commies, hand out some rifles to the locals, drink a beer and have a barbie.
Sure, some of the Australian Leftists will be all pissy, but given what I’ve seen of the Sydney riots, the rest of the country would embrace us like the Belgians did after Market Garden.
Let ’em get all the “pissy” they want to; just gun ’em down in job lots and get on with your day, as is the proper way to deal with all Leftists, everywhere. It ain’t as if Down Under shitlibs have many options when it comes to shooting back, y’know.
Yep, as many deaths as a nasty multi-car pile up on the highway…and the whole place gets locked down, with troops on the streets to oppress the formerly free citizens.
I’d laugh and point my finger, but realize I’m looking in a mirror.
They mask us up to dehumanize us in order to make it easier when they think they can send us to the ovens.
What they didn’t consider is that dehumanization works both ways.