Thursday, October 21, 2021

Freedom: What was so hard to achieve is now at risk

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In April, Prime Minister Scott Morrison told Australians that Australia’s time in Afghanistan was worth it, as “freedom is always worth it.”

But despite the remarks, Australians currently face the most restrictions on their freedoms they have ever faced. We are currently imprisoned three times; In our homes, in our own states, and in our own country.

In Sydney, defense forces are being used against civilians to enforce house arrest. In Melbourne, unarmed civilians who deserved to fight for freedom took to the streets, being shot indiscriminately by riot police with non-lethal bullets and pepper-spraying.

All Australians, regardless of position in society they currently hold, should be reminded that each of us is a direct beneficiary of hard-earned freedom.

In the early days of penal colonization, Captain Arthur Phillip envisioned that if a future colony became a successful society, it would enjoy “British-style freedom”.

Over the course of two hundred years, Australians struggled tooth and nail to become independent, able to take control of their lives and rule themselves.

He fought for freedom of religion, freedom of conscience and freedom of expression. They fought for freedom to move, freedom to protest, and protection from state tyranny and government encroachment – ​​which was achieved mainly thanks to the Magna Carta of 1215.

In 1854, Peter Lalor led men and women on the goldfields of Eureka against exorbitantly priced mining licenses, to which the then government responded by sending troops—many of whom were thrown out of prison—and forced to ensure compliance. was put in uniform for. They took the oath and it meant, “We swear by the Southern Cross, to stand with each other, and fight to defend our rights and liberties.”

20. Inth Over the century, thousands of Australians have voluntarily sacrificed their lives for these liberties in the two world wars. They understood the grave danger facing democracies around the world and were ready to die protecting them. They are immortalized in the Byzantine dome of the Australian War Memorial, which was designed to “celebrate the renewal of the forces of life and the immortality of those who believed in freedom and eventually died to defend it.”

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The Australian War Memorial in Canberra, Australia on April 25, 2020. (Rohan Thomson/Getty Images)

Exactly 75 years later, we come to a time in this country’s history when freedom-loving Australians have found themselves in an awkward position to explain why freedom is good.

Worse yet, those who believe in freedom are portrayed as enemies of the state by politicians, media and their fellow citizens.

The speed with which many Australians have faithfully handed over their liberties to the state is astonishing, and citizens’ willingness to report on others, even more so.

Australia is a country in which the majority of the population does what they are told. As a result, Australians have recognized that the government has their best interests at heart and that they have great faith in the democratic institution.

This is understandable because, overall, Australia is governed quite well.

However, over the past 18 months, Australians now have excellent reasons to distrust our state and federal governments, as they have displayed similar tendencies towards Australians.

For example, we know that there is so little public trust that phones can now be used to track and monitor whether individuals are illegally dumping garbage.

The problem now is that once trust in the government is lost, it is up to each Australian citizen to decide what action to take. If they choose to exercise their democratic right to protest, they can be arrested or shot with non-lethal bullets.

Thus, the only way to restore our freedom is to use democracy, one of the few democratic institutions we have left, to elect politicians who will give us our freedom back.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

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Bella D’Abrera is director of the Foundation for Western Civilization program at the Institute for Public Affairs in Melbourne, Australia. He holds an MA in Spanish and a Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews. in History from the University of Cambridge. She is the author of academic works and articles on education, faith, freedom and culture.

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