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QLD Gov clamps down on coercive control, unless it's them doing it, in which case it's fine
Is there no limit to the hypocrisy of Australia’s political class?
QLD Premier Annastacia ‘one rule for me, another rule for thee’ Palaszczuk has announced new domestic violence laws which will "address the patterned nature of coercive control, and limit a perpetrator’s availability to further traumatise victims during the court process.” (emphasis mine)
”The legislation will broaden the definition of domestic violence to include patterns of behaviour, not just single incidents.
It will also modernise the definition of unlawful stalking to include intimidation, harassment or abuse.”
Oh gosh. My irony meter.
Indeed, coercive control is a pattern of behaviour. I made the case that Australians are trapped in just such an abusive relationship with our federal and state/territory governments in this recent post:
Palaszczuk and her QLD government are no exceptions, demonstrating a consistent pattern of abusive behaviour over the past two years.
There was the No Jab, No Fun coercive vaccination campaign of November 2021, in which Palaszczuk withdrew civil freedoms such as visiting family in aged care or entering a pub or going to a gig in order to drive vaccination coverage up to 80%.
Palaszczuk then dangled these freedoms as reward (her words) for submitting to an irreversible medical procedure at her behest. Remember, this was November-December 2021, when it was clear that Covid vaccination did not prevent infection or transmission and that, with the arrival of Omicron, it probably wouldn't limit them at all either.1
Palaszczuk enforced lockdowns and border closures on and off over two years. Families were separated, inflicting undue emotional distress. Though there were many cases of separation, Mark Kilian’s became infamous. Travelling from the US to Australia to be with his dying father, Kilian was made to quarantine for 14 days in a Sydney hotel room while his father lay dying, despite Kilian being fully vaccinated and Covid negative. Kilian offered to wear a hazmat suit and charter a private plane to get to his father’s bedside with minimal contact, but QLD Health denied his request for an exemption. It was only when his case made national news that QLD Health backflipped, providing an exemption allowing Kilian to enter the state without completing the full 14 days quarantine.
But the rules only applied as Palaszczuk pleased. She was blasted on national television for allowing a horde of AFL footballers across the border while retaining tight controls for everyone else. In typical coercive control behaviour, Palaszczuk did not front up to explain her decision.
Palaszczuk broke her own Covid rules repeatedly, though she insisted that Queenslanders must keep them.
Palaszczuk oversaw some of the strictest workplace vaccination mandates in the world, forcing vaccine-hesitant Queenslanders to choose between their livelihood and their bodily autonomy. Even now, a fourth jab is mandated for QLD police over the age of 50, and workers must be ‘up to date’ with their Covid vaccinations to work in aged care. Palaszcuzuk has empowered businesses to enforce discriminatory vaccination employment conditions at their discretion.
Not satisfied with putting 900 unjabbed teachers out of work, Palaszcuzuk stood idly by while the QLD Education Department took disciplinary action against the teachers, docking their pay for “failing to comply with the direction” to undergo the stipulated medical procedure. This despite the mandates no longer being in place at the time the disciplinary action was taken, and despite the fact that unvaccinated teachers were not allowed to work during the mandated period, and therefore could pose no risk to teachers or students (not that they would have posed any greater risk than vaccinated teachers had they been allowed to work anyway).
While Palaszcuzuk proudly claims that coercive control will come to an end under her new legislation, her government looks set to pass amendments to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 which will essentially gag doctors from giving patients their own professional opinion if it conflicts with the advice of health bureaucrats. Skip to halfway down Marayanne Demasi’s article below for more on that:
This is not the first time Palaszcuzuk has tried her hand at gag laws. Palaszczuk withdrew proposed legislation threatening journalists with fines and prison time for reporting on corruption ahead of the 2020 state election under pain of fierce media backlash (what did she expect??).
Palaszcuzuk also misled the public and ran a campaign of fear to manipulate Queenslanders to take shots, and more shots. In November, when it was patently obvious that Covid was infecting vaccinated and unvaccinated people at more or less the same rate, Palaszcuzuk made the outrageous claim that Covid, “hunts down the unvaccinated” before urging hold outs to get vaccinated. In October 2021, she told the public that they were 86% less likely to get Covid and pass it on if they were double vaccinated. In July this year she gave scientifically unsupported medical advice to Queenslanders, encouraging everyone over the age of 30 to get a fourth shot, despite the fact that ATAGI does not recommend the fourth shot to those under 50 years of age.
Is it little wonder, then, that the comments on Palaszcuzuk’s Twitter announcement of her new coercive control legislation drew ire?
Annastacia and QLD Government, this is a pattern of coercive control. It’s abuse.
That Covid vaccines did not prevent transmission in any meaningful way was abundantly clear by November 2021. A few select examples include: this CDC statement; this study in The Lancet; this CDC funded study; and this large scale UK household study. In November 2021 the WHO acknowledged that vaccine effectiveness on Omicron was questionable as regards transmission, as evidenced by high numbers of infections and reinfections in South Africa, where Omicron had torn through vaccinated communities. By mid December 2021, the cat was out of the bag. Two doses was ineffective at preventing infection and transmission of Omicron, and this was reported widely, all over the world. Palaszczuk maintained a segregated two-tier society nonetheless, with significant work mandates staying in place until June 2022, and still in place for select industries.
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