Australia: Court rejects challenge to regime’s East-Germany-style travel ban

Source: USA Today

“An Australian court on Tuesday rejected a challenge to the federal government’s draconian power to prevent most citizens from leaving the country so that they don’t bring COVID-19 home. Australia is alone among developed democracies in preventing its citizens and permanent residents from leaving the country except in ‘exceptional circumstances’ where they can demonstrate a ‘compelling reason.’ Most Australians have been stranded in their island nation since March 2020 under a government emergency order made under the powerful Biosecurity Act. … LibertyWorks lawyer Jason Potts argued that Australians had a right to leave their country under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights that Australia had ratified. But the three judges ruled that submission was based on the ‘erroneous premise that the right is absolute.'” (06/01/21)