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Pandemic takeover | The Spectator Australia

Australia’s crucial constitutional issue, one that demands immediate attention, is not on the government’s referendum agenda. This is how the nation will never again fall under the control of would-be bogus dictators, which happened so easily, surprisingly and unjustifiably during the pandemic.

That’s what a delegation of mostly young Australian ambassadors for the constitutional monarchy told Deputy Minister for the Republic Matt Thistlethwaite last Tuesday. Heard with the utmost courtesy, they not only called for this road to dictatorship to be closed, but they also demanded, after 12 official votes and inquiries over three decades, and millions spent to impose a political republic on the Australia, why should even more taxpayer funds be poured into this unnecessary and divisive exercise?

Of course, three decades is enough.

Calling for the strengthening of constitutional government, the delegation pointed out that over the same three decades the quasi-official Australian Republican Movement had worked hard, producing three model republicans. That’s it, three models in thirty years.

All of this, including the last, would destroy what we have long enjoyed; leadership beyond politics and constitutional tutelage, which is badly needed at the heart of our Westminster system.

And as explained below, don’t believe for a moment the lie that the near-dictatorship the nation has endured under Covid has ensured a better outcome for Australia.

Just as important, don’t think it will ever happen again. As long as such gross abuse of power is possible, it will happen again, probably sooner than expected.

Already WHO Director-General Tedros, favored by Beijing and without medical training, has declared monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern, reversing the decision of his own expert committee of medical and scientific advisers. .

In the meantime, while commentators generally lashed out at Australians for rejecting most referendums, they rarely admit that this is a rational reaction to the fact that most referendums aim to give more power in Canberra. And despite what politicians and elites may think, the average Australian is not stupid. When they say ‘no’, they mean ‘no’ even when asked up to five times.

Incidentally, you might be wondering why referendums are less common these days. This is because the High Court, unfortunately, has too often granted Canberra contested power, even where people have already said ‘no’.

You may also wonder why, as befits our ancient democracy, Australians cannot do what the Swiss regularly do – launch their own referendums. Australians should be able to do this if, say, one per cent of registered voters sign a carefully vetted petition to that effect.

We must put an end to the situation where the monopoly on the initiative of referendums belongs only to the government, especially the one which won less than a third of the votes, and that in an electoral system where the PLA has for a long time done everything to block the most basic precautions against electoral fraud, precautions considered quite normal in most comparable countries.

And now back to the argument that authoritarian rule was justified because Australia did better in responding to the pandemic. It’s poppy. As highlighted here from the very start of the pandemic, Australia, like New Zealand, enjoys the rare advantage of being a remote island nation. Yet under shocking authoritarian rule, Australia recorded 472 deaths per million and New Zealand recorded 478 deaths per million. Both countries were outclassed by Japan, which had no lockdown and recorded just 268 deaths per million. Per capita deaths were also lower in Taiwan, 386 per million, even though they were right next to the source and also had no lockdown.

For this shocking political failure, we had power-drunk prime ministers who cruelly denied children to be with their parents and comfort them in their last moments on this Earth. News broadcasts around the world showed a 28-year-old pregnant mother in Ballarat handcuffed and led away, in front of her children, over a simple Facebook post. The construction industry has been shut down in NSW at a cost of $1.4billion, even though the chief health officer said she had not advised it.

Jobs were lost, businesses destroyed, children uneducated, reasons for actions hidden, and the nation was left with a massive inflationary debt that has already become much more expensive to pay off.

Much of this was done under regulations and other delegated laws made by a conflicting minister or even a bureaucrat, without any of the checks and balances considered normal even in colonial times. At that time, regulations were made in the Executive Council, and the Governor or Governor-General had to be satisfied of his legal powers to act on advice and that all conditions precedent to the exercise of power had been met. The settlement so passed was then open to disallowance by either house of parliament, another reason for Queensland to restore the notoriously and improperly abolished upper house against the express will of the people. With that, don’t fall for the argument that it will produce more politicians. The solution is simple, reduce the size of the lower chamber. And facilitate, where people want it, the establishment of a new state.

Meanwhile, across the country, traditional safeguards against authoritarianism and dictatorship have come under attack for no good reason from power-hungry politicians. Nearly 20% of all regulations and other delegated laws passed in response to the pandemic between January and July 2020, allocating $2.1 billion in public funds, were completely exempt from disallowance, according to a Senate committee.

It was worse in some states.

Emphasizing that if men were angels, no government would be needed, James Madison emphasized the need for strong constitutional checks on government. And Acton’s eternally wise warning about power is on point. We have seen the sinking that is the result of an uncontrolled government. It will repeat itself until we constitutionally guarantee that it can never happen again.