Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott laments how lockdowns have encouraged Australians to betray neighbors
Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has revealed that he is concerned about how lockdowns have turned Australians into people who betray their neighbors – comparing it to communism.
In New South Wales, individuals can be fined $1,000 for inviting someone to their home who is not part of a government-registered singles bubble, or for driving more than 3 miles from their home in a neighboring community area. .
Police also have the power to impose fines of $3,000 if groups of three or more people walk out in public.
Abbott, who is also a former health minister, said he was particularly angry at how the lockdowns had pitted Australians against each other.
Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has revealed he is concerned about how lockdowns have turned Australians into people who rat on their neighbors – he likens it to communism (he is pictured with his daughter Frances)
“There are aspects of today’s Australia that I personally find a little disturbing,” he told the ‘Australia’s Heartland with Tony Abbott’ podcast by the libertarian think tank Institute of Public Affairs.
“The willingness of people to cheat and betray their neighbors, frankly, worries me a lot.”
In Greater Sydney, people on the spot could be fined $500 for not wearing a face mask where social distancing was not possible.
Abbott compared those who called the police to catch up with someone for not wearing a face mask to the secret police in old communist East Germany.
“If you’re walking down the street and you see someone come out of their house without a mask and you call the police, well, honestly, that’s just Stasi-esque behavior,” he said.
The former Liberal prime minister has also spoken out against the police in his home state, which has a Liberal-National coalition government.
The former Liberal Prime Minister has also spoken out against police in his home state, which has a Liberal-National coalition government, describing them as “presumptuous and authoritarian” (pictured is a woman arrested in Bankstown in south-west Sydney in images shared). on anti-vaxxer chat groups)
“The willingness of the police, even in New South Wales, to act in a presumptuous and authoritarian way is of great concern to me,” he said.
Abbott’s podcast interview with IPA Director of Investigations, Daniel Wild, was released to Daily Mail Australia after disturbing footage was captured in Sydney’s South West Bankstown showing police violently attacking a woman on the ground.
The video, which was shared in encrypted anti-vaxxer chat rooms on apps including Telegram, showed a woman being arrested at a train station.
“I have a disability, I don’t consent, I don’t consent,” the woman shouted repeatedly as a man videoed the confrontational incident, yelling at officers to “be gentle.”
A police officer tried to restrain the woman, who continued to scream hysterically that she “didn’t consent,” that she “has a disability,” and “leave me alone.”
Mr Abbott has also spoken out against NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller (pictured) who said on August 19 that police would not be sanctioned if they wrongly handed out fines
As the woman grew more hysterical, four more officers came in to try to handcuff her.
At the end of the clip, about 12 officers were on the scene as the woman kept repeating the same sentence.
Mr Abbott has also spoken out against NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller, who said on August 19 that the police would not face sanctions if they wrongly handed out fines.
“We had a situation a few weeks ago in New South Wales where the Police Commissioner encouraged his officers to first give fines and think later and said he would support them even if the fines were incorrect because he thought the situation was so serious that it required this kind of over-policing,” he said.
“Well, I’m really worried about that.”
Mr Abbott, a father of three grown daughters, said he was particularly concerned about the effect of lockdowns on the mental youth (pictured with his daughters Bridget, Louise and Frances and wife Margie on election night in September 2013).
Abbott, a father of three adult daughters, said he was particularly concerned about the effect of lockdowns on the mental youth.
“Heavy costs for lockdowns, which we are seeing more and more now,” he said.
“The mental health pandemic, especially its impact on young people, teenagers who feel their lives are being stolen from them.”
Data from the NSW government’s Suicide Monitoring System showed that in the year to July 29, 8,489 young people under the age of 18 were hospitalized for self-harm or suicidal thoughts.
That equates to 40 children per day in crisis, a 31 percent increase compared to the same period in 2020 and 47 percent higher than in 2019 before the pandemic.
Mr Abbott said that since the pandemic, Australia has turned into a society that is ‘safety only’ rather than just ‘safety first’.
Mr Abbott said that since the pandemic, Australia had turned into a society that was ‘safety only’ rather than ‘safety first’ (pictured is police in Bankstown during the lockdown on 31 August 2021)
“Of course we should always try to be as safe as possible, but you just can’t live a life without risk,” he said.
‘A risk-free life is hardly a life. And I just think an ordinary Australian life is part of the live and let live spirit, that easygoing desire to help your neighbors when they’re in trouble, not to patronize them just because they don’t conform to your idea of which is good and proper.’
Last month, Mr. Fuller challenged agents to ramp up ticket numbers and court attendance as part of Operation Stay At Home.
“I appreciate that there is a lot to consider with the health regulations, but I ask you to put the community police aside for a short period, for 21 days I will lead this operation, you must take a strong approach to enforcement ‘ he said in an internal video.
Daily Mail Australia contacted NSW Police for a right of reply to Mr Abbott’s comments.