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Arbitrarily detained in Danandrewstan

Victoria’s lock-’em-up approach to Covid comes at high cost

16 January 2021

9:00 AM

16 January 2021

9:00 AM

All Australian passports bear the words, ‘The Governor-General, being the representative in Australia of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, requests all those whom it may concern to allow the bearer, an Australian Citizen, to pass freely without let or hindrance.’

This affords Australians free passage in almost every country in the world but not in the state of Victoria, as I discovered when I flew back to Melbourne from regional NSW on New Year’s Day, one of many who raced to meet the Premier’s deadline before the border snapped shut.

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The author is a resident of Victoria who wishes to remain anonymous.

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