In Victoria it’s TWO years and you don’t get a full license until you are 22.
What’s more, the ACT is going to ban those without a full license from driving between 12am and 5am from driving and is going to reduce passenger caps those below 21-22, dictating they can only have one passenger between 16-25… WHAT
Daniel Andrews has tabled a law staying L platers caught driving without an adult … Wait for it… Will be punished with JAIL time.
As to random roadside drug testing. Did you smoke a joint three days ago? That’s grounds for loss of license and a 1000$+ fine if they detect a trace in your saliva.
Kites/soccer balls are banned on beaches in NSW. E-scooters are banned in plenty of states. Strip searching kids? Totally fine.
Using drones for mass surveillance during lockdown? Apparently that’s fine too. On a yearly basis police powers appear to be extended to extraordinary lengths.
Don’t get me started on our dumbass helmet laws and how we are making VAPING illegal yet allow cigarettes to be sold practically everywhere (which… Why? Smoking is banned in plenty of areas outside because… Morality I guess?)
You need a permit for virtually everything. From fishing to going on a jetski to installing a hot tub on your own property. It’s a processed filled with bureaucratic nonsense designed primarily to raise revenue.
Want a gun license? You can get one, but you are then subjected to routine and random property checks through law enforcement. It appears gun owners despite being one of the more law abaiding demographics within Aus are placed under undue scrutiny by government institutions because they can use this population as a scapegoat as the average Aussie is woefully uninformed regarding this topic. They’ll allow the government to pull a lot of nonsensical legislature out of their ass because they’ll believe it’s for the greater good. It’s quite easy to sway and manipulate an uneducated cohort.
As to the covid restrictions here. I’m happy we are in such a fortunate situation. But we are virtually the only developed nation of which outright bans citizens from leaving. What’s more it doesn’t appear as if they’ll allow citizens to travel internationally for at least twelve more months. There was a loophole through NZ wherein desperate Aussies were going to NZ once the bubble opened and leaving NZ to Europe/the USA as you can leave NZ. As I specified earlier Greg Hunt quickly drafted legislature as to impose jail sentences for those who leave, come back and quarantine in NZ, then come back here.
WHY? There are so many further aspects of our current sociocultural and political paradigm that irk me. We are still one of the more democratic countries, though over the past ten years we have been rapidly falling regarding our democratic index/corruption scale.
Our economy is fucked and we are losing around 4 BILLION per month off lack of tourism alone. Our GDP isn’t anywhere near that of America to begin with, a 4 billion net loss per month for us is a looooot.
Universities are facing unprecedented budget cuts, the majority of my learning is still online despite us having zero cases. It’s bullshit. I don’t want the quality of my education undermined due to the incompetency of our state and federal government’s.