New $75K Fine and Jail Time for South Australians Who Breach Covid Rules

Originally Posted on Daily Mail

Anyone found breaching Covid rules in South Australia could be punished with two years jail as new laws are set to sail through state parliament this week.

Labor Premier Peter Malinauskas orchestrated a shock cross-bench deal with support from the Greens and SA Best, but the opposition and civil liberties groups have voiced their fury at the move.

‘Labor did a quick backroom deal because Peter Malinauskas is desperate to have the power to lock up (people) and dish out huge Covid-19 fines at the drop of a hat,’ a Liberal Party spokesperson told the Adelaide Advertiser.

Under the Public Health Act legislation, individuals who breach isolation requirements, or ignore vaccination mandates and mask rules in high-risk settings such as hospitals or nursing homes, can be fined $20,000 or face two years in prison. 

Businesses found to be breaking those rules can be hit with a massive $75,000 fine.

The rules set to take effect on June 30 will be the most extreme in any jurisdiction in Australia.

The maximum penalty for Covid breaches in New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania is six months jail, while Victoria, NT and ACT only issue fines for rule breakers.

Premier Peter Malinauskas said the changes will replace the current Emergency Declaration with an amendment to the bill allowing a six-month period to assess the legislation.

‘I continue to acknowledge and absolutely thank the work of both the Police Commissioner and Professor Nicola Spurrier in seeing the state through the events of Covid using that emergency management declaration,’ he said.

NEW COVID FINES IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA 

Under the proposed laws, those who commit ‘serious’ breaches of Covid rules could face up to two years in prison or a $20,000 fine.

This is for those who enter high-risk settings such as care homes or hospitals while knowingly infected with Covid. 

Those who breach vaccine mandates in those settings could also be hit with the new penalties, as well as those who refuse to wear face masks when visiting or working there.

‘But clearly we are coming to a period where that time is over and we start to restore the ordinary functioning of government in a traditional way.’

The Premier claims the strict laws are needed to protect the ‘most vulnerable South Australians’.

‘The most appropriate way we can do this is to amend the Public Health Act to include protections for patients and residents in aged care, hospitals and disability care, and the ability for rules to be set for Covid-positive people and close contacts.’

Lockdowns and other community-wide restrictions are not included in the new bill, with stay-at-home orders still needing to be enacted with an Emergency Declaration. 

The Law Society of South Australia say the powers are ‘concerningly opaque’ and do not clearly define what a close contact is.

‘Enshrining such extraordinary powers in legislation permanently must be carefully considered and accompanied by some guarantee of proportionality with respect to ensuring an individual’s basic rights and freedoms when such powers are exercised,’ Law Society president Justin Stewart-Rattray wrote in an open letter.

‘The Society is concerned that the definition of ‘close contact’ is left open… The lack of detail within the provision renders the potential scope of such directions concerningly opaque, particularly noting that the proposal is for the Government to permanently entrench some of these powers in the Public Health Act.’

The civil liberties group notes the definition of ‘close contact’ changed several times during the pandemic.

‘Less than six months ago it included those who had simply attended a listed exposure site at a particular time,’ the letter said.

The Bill is set to pass through the state Senate before the end of the week. 

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  1. Please all voters don’t make the same mistake SA did in their recent state election. They did the right thing voting out the Liberals, but made the mistake of voting in what they believed were their “arch enemies” , the Labor party.

    It didn’t take the new premier very long at all to bring in vagually worded, open to the authorities interpretation, laws harsher than even Dan Andrews’s or Michael Gunner’s or Mark McGowan’s.

    Thank God for organizations like RDA and the independant press otherwise we would never have even heard about this.

    Another group that has recently decided to grant themselves vast ,vague powers are the Federal Police, under the guise of protecting politicians and candidates and their families. Their head, Reece Kershaw ,was the one questioned in senate about whether the AFP had used acoustic or microwave weapons against peaceful protesters at the large Canberra protest and had to ” take a check on that question”…… and came back some time later and simply said no they hadn’t ,even though many received severe deep burning.

    It was not stated who the head of the AFP had to consult before he could give an answer.

  2. HEADS MUST ROLL ON A HUGE SCALE FOR WHAT THEY HAVE DONE TO OUR PEOPLE AND OUR OWN COUNTRY !!
    To ALL Australians – to save us all and our country from permanent Government Tyranny/Totalitarian Regimes DO NOT VOTE for Liberal/National, Labor or Greens.

    Dr Russell L. Blaylock. Covid Update What is the Truth ? – Read this Paper please !
    The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the most manipulated infectious disease events in history, characterized by official lies in an unending stream lead by government bureaucracies, medical associations, medical boards, the media, and international agencies.[3,6,57] We have witnessed a long list of unprecedented intrusions into medical practice, including attacks on medical experts, destruction of medical careers among doctors refusing to participate in killing their patients and a massive regimentation of health care, led by non-qualified individuals with enormous wealth, power and influence.
    Full Paper >
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9062939/?fbclid=IwAR2fydp0W7KP5GKdiFkjEiLoMRjTxwAZMvY8HYE2euV3Eh3vAC-WtMcTXQo

    World Council for Health – Cease and Desist – We declare that Covid-19 vaccinations are dangerous and unsafe for human use.
    https://worldcouncilforhealth.org/campaign/covid-19-vaccine-cease-and-desist/

    Craig Kelly- Australia Under Threat – warns about WHO treaty with crippling lockdowns and mandates
    https://cairnsnews.org/2022/05/19/craig-kelly-warns-about-who-treaty-with-crippling-lockdowns-and-mandates/

    INFORMATION PAPER COVID /TYRANNY / AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT / CORRUPTION/CONFLICTS OF INTEREST/VOTING /CLIMATE CHANGE SCIENTISTS /POLICE BRUTALITY /GLOBAL TYRANNY / AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL ELECTION 2022 by Diane Drayton Buckland Information Paper https://fluorideinformationaustralia.wordpress.com/election-2022/

    The entire system is totally corrupted with systemic and extensive conflicts of interest. If the people representing State and Federal Governments have/want ties, associations, partnerships, memberships, sponsorships, revolving doors with any Corporations, Companies, Groups, Government/NG Departments or anyone or anything whatsoever THEY CANNOT AND MUST NOT PULL THE MANDATE CAPER !
    No Gunpoint Medicine ever! as this is a most serious crime /
    corruption/conflicts of interest and the most abhorrent violation of Informed Consent / Nuremberg Principles/ Nuremberg Code on a massive scale and they all must be held responsible and accountable for these atrocious crimes against our populations.

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