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Australia lifts ban on citizens traveling overseas without permission

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Emancipation is real!

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I am sure most Australians are very grateful to their masters for this new privilege of being able to leave the country like other people do in free countries. May they all behave well, so that their new travel privileges are not revoked.

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Good, but why leave paradise?

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The usual carping from those who wish Australia had done it the American way or the Swedish way or even the Brazilian way, and don’t worry about the death toll or putting your health workers under intense pressure until they break. Delta has changed the game, we have vaccines, not experimental cocktails, that work, and the majority of people who live in this country have already shown in opinion poll after opinion poll that the way it’s been done is the way they wanted it. We know that Australia particularly gets up the noses of right-wing libertarians, and as far as we citizens are concerned that’s just an added bonus.

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@prionking

Choices have consequences.

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What this article doesn't mention is that Western Australia won't open it's borders until next year, and even then, the WA government doesn't have a clear plan on when its opening their borders, unlike other states.

So the author should perhaps amend the article so that it says "Australia - but not Western Australia" when it comes to any reporting about the country opening it's borders.

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@BigYen

100% correct. Even if you ignore all the official advice and evidence, if you know anyone that works in hospitals you'll know the insane pressure, danger and sadness they've all faced because of this virus.

Not getting the vaccine because of psycho qanon internet conspiracy bitshite reasons is saying you don't give a hoot about our healthcare workers, those that have suffered and died from the virus or all the other people who have had medical procedures effected by overcrowded hospitals. AKA: selfish.

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Henry Montag:

Yes. WA is in danger of making itself a victim of its own success. They have to bite the bullet and get with the rest of the country.

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Yay freedom! The government allows its subjects to freely move about, temporarily at best.

how magnanimous of the overlords.

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“How magnanimous of the overlords”

Well, most people, and not just in Australia, would see it as a government - or more accurately, a number of governments within a federation - exercising its/their powers responsibly. And as for using the term “overlords”…

Elections for the Australian Federal Government and for the Victorian State Government are coming up as early as next year, and there may be others. If, among many other issues, the way the various governments have handled the pandemic is judged by the voters to have been unsatisfactory, then your so-called “overlords” will be out of a job. Now in this country, those elections are free and fair, and no-one ever tries to overturn the people’s choice by making false claims of fraud or by storming the seat of government. Oh, hang on - are you American?

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"You are now allowed to leave prison!......IF you've yielded to our forced vaccination program."

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New South Wales will open to international travel with a double vaccination rate of nearly 80%. We live in New South Wales and my Japanese wife wishes to visit her adult kids in Japan. However, we can only fly from and return to Sydney as the other states still have the 2 weeks quarantine. The sad thing is, we live closer to Queensland than Sydney. We have to take a domestic flight to Sydney instead of a 50 minute train trip to Brisbane.

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Concerned Citizen:

Well at least you’re admitting it’s a vaccination program, unlike some of your co-conspirators (now removed) on this thread. Pity you can’t get past the anti-vaxx cliches, though - although I guess if you did, you’d have to admit that the only reason anyone’s getting anywhere is precisely because of the vaccination program, and the willingness of most people to do the right thing and get vaccinated.

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Australia is on the front line for climate change. Intense heat, drought and wildfire seasons. Escape whilst you can, before the next variant, sub-variant, mutation, wave, virus or whatever else they use to close the borders again.

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exercising its/their powers responsibly

powers given to it/them by whom?

the phrase consent of the governed refers to the idea that a government's legitimacy and moral right to use state power is justified and lawful only when consented to by the people or society over which that political power is exercised. This theory of consent is historically contrasted to the divine right of kings.....

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Blacklabel:

By the people. In an election. The very basis of democracy. If you can’t, or won’t, see that, then we have to question what the heck it is you believe in.

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Blacklabel:

By the people. In an election. The very basis of democracy. If you can’t, or won’t, see that, then we have to question what the heck it is you believe in.

Edgy attention seeking.

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A calculated move by the PM and some State leaders. Should things go south with a worse variant to Delta then things could again change.

Remember Spanish flu pandemic lasted six years. We are two years into this pandemic and could have a year or more of surprises left in store for us. Let's hope not.

But for my perspective I was happy with zero covid policy and would love to be living in WA where it is still covid zero. Australia and its states have done an outstanding job all up considering how bad it could have gotten. It could not have gone much better than it did thanks to leadership not often shown by Australian politicians. I give three thumbs up out of three.

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the majority of people who live in this country have already shown in opinion poll after opinion poll that the way it’s been done is the way they wanted it.

Like I said, you must be grateful. I find it astounding, but if you wish to surrender your democracy that's entirely your right. You are not the only country doing so.

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if you wish to surrender your democracy that's entirely your right. You are not the only country doing so.

We already surrendered our country to China, so surrendering our democracy to the policiticians is surprisingly easy.

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