The extraordinary 1988 John Hillcoat/Nick Cave film Ghosts … of the Civil Dead is set in a slightly futuristic high-tech security jail, where the prison authorities aggravate the prisoners to incite a riot triggering a ‘lockdown’. It helps to keep them locked away and under control — and seems to have been used as the template for Aussie police forces during this Covid craziness.
Victorian Police Commissioner Shane Patton was boastful of his troops: “They have been brilliant.
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