By : Rebekah Barnett
WA Premier Mark McGowan says the state of emergency (SOE) may soon be brought to an end.
After 900 days to flatten the curve, daily new cases of Covid continue to drop.
Read The West article HERE
However, this does not mean that we can expect things to return to normal. McGowan has flagged that rather than using the SOE to enforce rules like mask mandates in hospitals, the state government will rather look to creating new legislation to do the job.
Other than mask mandates, no other specific legislation to replace the SOE powers has been publicly discussed as yet.
I can’t help but wonder if the effect will be that many of the rules we have lived and currently live under will remain in place, just called by a different name.
From the article:
The Opposition has led calls for the state of emergency to cease and for the Government to instead pass laws through Parliament to enforce the remaining COVID rules.
Other State governments, such as South Australia and Victoria, made similar changes months ago.
The Premier on Tuesday flagged WA could follow suit by passing legislation allowing authorities to police the mask mandate at hospitals, aged-care homes and on public transport.
“We’re looking at what can be done in terms of having a different regime. As soon as we can do that, we will,” Mr McGowan said.
“That’s currently what we’re examining (passing legislation), as to whether or not we can do that. I think a lot of this is, sort of, people looking for things to criticise. The existing rules are very mild and very modest.
“We had to have a legislative instrument to enforce it, if we can create another legislative instrument to do that, as soon as we can, we will.”
Read more HERE
It would be hard to justify maintaining an SOE with a curve like below.
Maybe I’m a pessimist or maybe I’m just a realist, but I don’t have a great feeling about the SOE rolling back if the tyrants responsible for the past 900 days are planning to roll out new laws to replace it.
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