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Is It Really ‘Freedom’ Day?

Commentary The message from the elites—the political class and the mainstream media—could have come from the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell’s 1984. This is the celebrated novel about the future when the world is governed by three evil dictatorships based on the communist and fascist models which emerged in the 20th century. The message from our elites was to rejoice what mainstream media named “Freedom Day” on Oct. 11, which would see a batch of new “freedoms” released from under heavy government-mandated health restrictions. But it was hardly a day in which freedom was being restored in Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales (NSW). The lives of its people are still being minutely regulated in a way not known in democratic societies under the rule of law. It was still as if NSW were one of those long gone Soviet-controlled East European communist republics. The rules, made without …

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