Drones deployed to monitor AFL gatherings

Victoria Police have deployed drones to monitor ‘illegal’ gatherings in public spaces, including parks and beaches, during today’s AFL Grand Final.

Eyes in the sky. Photo: DLT


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.

This is due to the fact the biometric surveillance state has also been rapidly developing, including Melbourne switching on facial recognition CCTV without notifying the public.

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

Victoria Police defends use of drones to enforce coronavirus restrictions on AFL grand final long weekend | ABC News

‘Pandemic drones’: Creating a police state? | TOTT News

Concerns over surveillance units in Melbourne | TOTT News

Chinese drones are monitoring Australian skies | TOTT News


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2 comments on “Drones deployed to monitor AFL gatherings”

  1. Today’s post has a German flavour. Always had doubts about Eddie McGuire, now confirmed that he’s just an un-Australian quisling. He said “Fans should accept drone surveillance as a necessary intrusion”.
    But my goodness, so reassuring to see dronemeister “Napoleon” Cornelius back in business after recent silence. Richmond supporters had better watch out over the next few days.
    Too bad about The Cox Plate…even Brett pandemeister Sutton gave it the OK, but the more powerful twitterati had the last word in the prominent ear of the revered Kim-ill-Dan.
    If the arts is more your thing, ill Dan has something for you too: Opera Victoria was to perform Korngold’s “Die Tote Stadt” (The Dead City) in Melbourne in late August, but this was, appropriately, cancelled.

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