DRONES FOR AFL FINAL
Victoria Police have reportedly taken to the skies today with drone patrols, as they look to catch out people doing the ‘wrong thing’ ahead of the AFL grand final.
Anyone caught taking part in an unauthorised gathering faces a fine of $4,957:
As the state remains in lockdown, Collingwood President Eddie McGuire told Today fans they should accept drone surveillance as a “necessary intrusion”.
The move is similar to the introduction of ‘pandemic drones’ in Western Australia, which have been buzzing around checking in on so-called illegal activities by citizens.
Victoria Police has sought to reassure the public about its plans to use drones over the grand final long weekend, promising it will not be using them to spy on private homes.
Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius insisted in a press conference that police won’t “be hovering over people’s pizza ovens in their backyards”.
However, despite police promising not to spy into Victorians’ backyards, a prominent civil liberties group has shot down plans to use drones this evening.
Liberty Victoria Vice President, Julia Kretzenbacher, is still not satisfied their use would be “proportionate” with COVID-19 health guidelines.
“It’s quite a significant incursion on people’s privacy,” Ms Kretzenbacher told 3AW on Thursday.
Authorities say this move is underpinned by ‘coronavirus’ restrictions, but it isn’t.
The force has been using drones for some time to help with ‘situational awareness’ in places like beaches and parks, where public gatherings could be held.
For example, drones were deployed during holiday season of 2019 to monitor activities of citizens.
Concerns have also mounted over the use of mobile surveillance units hidden away in parks and public spaces across Melbourne, remotely monitoring citizens.
Let’s not forget most of the drones currently in use by both private citizens and law enforcement agencies are developed by Chinese companies, risking national security as millions of unaccounted devices fly through Australian skies.
Victoria is becoming a science fiction movie come to life.
Drones to spy on Melburnians illegally celebrating the AFL grand final | Sky News Australia
‘Pandemic drones’: Creating a police state? | TOTT News
Concerns over surveillance units in Melbourne | TOTT News
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