Military deployed to enforce quarantine orders

The federal government will begin to mobilise the military to enforce Australia’s toughest COVID-19 regulations yet, including quarantine measures and compliance checks.

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) have been enlisted to monitor mandatory isolation requirements for suspected carriers of the ‘virus’ and are predicted to expand their operations in the coming weeks.

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The military have been called in. Photo: ABD

MILITARY ON THE GROUND

The Australian military is now gearing up to enter the COVID-19 ‘war’, in what could be a sign that tougher restrictions are on the way — confirming suspicions about the possibility of martial law.

From today, all those returning to Australia will be placed in “supervised self-isolation, in a hotel or other government-approved facility”, with the army deployed across all states and territories to assist governments with enforcement measures.

On Friday evening, it was reported that top personnel had issued a military-wide edict, effectively putting the army on notice to soon be deployed on coronavirus duties.

Defence have already established “contact tracing teams” to work with governments across the country to limit the number of new infections from “identified patients”.

Personnel have also began providing logistics, communications and medic support at three new restricted border control locations on highways across the country.

About 3000 people expected to arrive in Sydney today, and will be ‘assessed’ by health officials before being taken to hotels by border authorities. Family members advised to not pick them up.

Interestingly, with little fanfare, military personnel this week formally ended their bushfire operations that had begun months before the peak of Australia’s devastating summer.

At present, some state police have the power to issue fines of $1000 to individuals and $5000 to businesses that breach public health orders, including selective powers to arrest and detain citizens.

Australia’s military force is 30,000 strong with another 13,000 reserves. The Prime Minister assured citizens the army will not have the power to prosecute or arrest individuals — just yet.

Despite this, on the ground reports paint an uncomfortable picture of what could soon become an indefinite normality in the life of Australians moving forward.

CONFINED AND MONITORED

Australians who have returned from overseas today have been forced on to buses, under the watch of police and the ADF, and sent for quarantine at a Sydney hotel. They say they are living in “prison-like conditions”.

Military watches over in Sydney. Photo: Edwina Pickles
Photo: Edwina Pickles

Currently, 300 Australians who were stranded on the Norwegian Jewel cruise ship and are now in strict quarantine.

42-year-old Amber Hammond described the conditions inside as “abysmal”, saying she and fellow passengers are being treated like “criminals”:

“We are not allowed out of our rooms, even with masks and keeping a 1.5 metre distance. We are not allowed to open our doors except to get food. We are not allowed to get any fresh air and the windows do not open.”

The passengers are quarantined and locked in their hotel rooms, without any access to fresh air. 

Others say they have attempted to order food for delivery, only to be told they are not permitted to have meals in the hotel. They have been told it is deemed a ‘health risk’ by the medic team.

Another man shared a photo of a pile of rubbish, including food scraps, that he left outside the door of his room two days ago, but are yet to be cleared. 

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian urged returning Australians to be patient as officials rolled out the new measures:

“We draw a line in the sand from midnight. The police are in charge of managing the operations, along with the ADF and border force. And we want to make sure that we keep our community safe by making sure the people adhere to strict isolation measures.”

Once this restriction is implemented, family and friends of arriving international passengers have been advised they should not attempt to greet them or pick them up.

Although enforcement measures currently only apply to international returnees, many are asking the question: How long before these new rules are expanded and applied to the greater population?

MARTIAL LAW

Martial law is defined as “the imposition of direct military control of normal civilian functions by a government, especially in response to a temporary emergency, such as invasion or major disaster, or in an occupied territory”.

Does this type of scenario sound at all familiar to you?

Armed forces are already being used around the world to help health officials with lockdowns and public order compliance during the COVID-19 ‘crisis’, including in the UK, US and Italy.

Articles have emerged in the US suggesting the military will be deployed to stop ‘civil disturbances’ amid the COVID-19 lockdown, and this has already been done in countries such as Malaysia.

In Australia, informed citizens are beginning to question how this country’s path will continue to mirror with ongoing sequences of events in the international community.

So far, we have seen a state of emergency declared in multiple states, allowing each respective Health Minister to do ‘whatever is necessary’ to ‘contain the spread’. This includes activation of the highly controversial biosecurity laws passed in 2015.

Since early March, one of the country’s senior military leaders, Lieutenant-General John Frewen, has headed up a new COVID-19 taskforce created by Defence to ‘manage pandemic response’.

Defence taskforce personnel have been wargaming all possible scenarios, including potential circumstances were the military may be asked to help control law and order during the pandemic.

The Australia Defence Association has noted that since Federation, the military has only been called on to help police three times, and the situation remains ‘manageable’ at the current stage.

Suburb-by-suburb lockdowns are expected next, including increased monitoring of suspected “red zones”, which will not only intensify further restrictions against those who question the chain of events, but also continue build the unfolding grand narrative of the ‘invisible enemy’.

The world could be seeing the unfolding of an unprecedented evolution of human life as we know it.

We will continue to follow this story as it develops.


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5 comments on “Military deployed to enforce quarantine orders”

  1. There have been reports from locals in Darwin that there is a contingency of U.N. armed forces that have recently arrived and they are heavily armed . And now the government using military to enforce their marshal law . I am disgusted with this goverment they new months earlier they allowed mass shipments of medical supplies to be sent to China. This virus that is Chinese made and delivered to the world has given the government what they desire no more protesters protests it is taking away every right taking away every Australian’s voice it is giving dictatorship to a man and a party who have been dismantling this country and selling it off for a few decades now.
    If you look at the past few yrs of lib and morrisons rule . Morrison stated many things he would find away around even remove like green tape to the minning and oil companies . And how he will find away to silence protesters how he will find away to silence those who oppose his plans ie minning oil fracking the sell off of public owned assets the sell off of land and assets bussinesses of private and public owned to China and other mutli national companies and their denials about climate change , the blocking of his most desired speed train that couldnt go ahead because of greentape properties and buildings listed by the national trust. Now lets look at the bushfires be it coincidence or deliberate but the green tape is gone and loging minning drilling fracking and Morrison’s speed rail has nothing blocking them.facts are morrison refused overseas help for quite awhile for the bush fires he manipulated so many things and the truth all to his benifit. Now this China virus i call it that because not so long ago they released sars on the world again morrison and his party acted late and ignored alot of advice and again it benifits him the silencing of a nation who have been calling for his and his parties removal from office for fraud the whole sale sell off of this country and her assets turning what was once a self sufficient country isending it spiraling into depression and devolving it to a 3rd world country now with this lock down marshal law its has is handing him dictatorship and again it benifits him his party the multi nationals china , minning oil companies because a nation is made silent but a bigger question is the reports out of Darwin by some locals that the U.N. has arrived and set up base there and are heavely arm . So many Austalians want out of the U.N. and have been vocal the U.N. is now Islamic dominated and ruled and governed by and the U.N. is out of date and nolonger needed and should be disbanded all views of Australian’s. Australian’s veiw is they want the whole sale sell off thats happening to Australia to stop and the kand returned to us Australian’s want the minning multi nationals gone Australian’s want their country and lives lively hoods protected now morrison china multinational corporations will have us silenced put down beaten down . My view on it is simple remove this so called goverment and hold them lawfully accountable and hold china accountable and multinational corporations accountable as i believe it just to convenient for this to be happening . I am sorry if its a long view

  2. This coupled with a disturbing indecent that I witnessed late Friday morning of a black helicopter circling the skies above my neighbourhood clearly scouting out the area, which in my eyes tells martial law is definitely going to happen. I never thought I would see the day that military personal will be roaming streets where I live. Scomo and Annastacia Palaszczuk have a lot to answer for!

  3. And here’s a new coronavirus shocker: it appears that Prof. Neil Ferguson is being funded by the Saudis to collapse the UK economy by total lockdown. (See relevance to Australia below).
    — The UK total lockdown follows the advice of Prof. Neil Ferguson, Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Institute for Disease and Emergency Analytics (J-IDEA) at Imperial College London, funded by Saudi Arabia. See his background here:
    https://wikimili.com/en/Neil_Ferguson_(epidemiologist)

    — “Neil Ferguson, the scientist who convinced Boris Johnson of UK coronavirus lockdown, criticised in past for flawed research”.
    “Professor Neil Ferguson predicted Britain was on course to lose 250,000 lives during the coronavirus epidemic. However, it has now emerged that Ferguson has been criticised in the past for making predictions based on allegedly faulty assumptions which nevertheless shaped government strategies and impacted the UK economy.”
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/03/28/neil-ferguson-scientist-convinced-boris-johnson-uk-coronavirus-lockdown-criticised/

    —“UK could be on coronavirus lockdown ‘until May or June’, scientist warns – but the Government has declined to say when strict measures could be lifted”.
    Professor Neil Ferguson, whose research has been key to the Government’s approach, said he believed the strict measures would have to remain in place for a ‘significant period of time’.
    https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/uk-news/uk-could-coronavirus-lockdown-until-18002281

    — The same Saudi Arabian company is funding solar farms in Australia. Are they also funding Australian government “advisers” on the military lockdown?
    https://meconstructionnews.com/40075/abdul-latif-jameel-energy-to-supply-clean-energy-in-australia

    1. @Danny – As soon as anyone dares to criticize Muslims, someone rushes forward to deflect blame away from them toward the Jews. And as soon as you explain that Islam was actually invented by Jews to destroy Christianity while deflecting blame away from themselves, they don’t want to know. In the eyes of most alternative websites, “Muslims good, Jews bad, Christians bad.” This shows a poor grasp of history.

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