It’s hard to comprehend some of the scenes that occurred in Melbourne with the recent protests and an awful lot of people seem oblivious to it, or don’t care, or support it by their silence, and all the brutality, heavy-handedness, beating and shooting paid off though, and the protest movement, the one that started at the CFMEU office late September died a quick death, lasting only three days and had maybe 10,000 people on its biggest day, from a city of 5 million.
Big week for policing in Melbourne #Australia
The Blue Ribbon Day campaign might be a tough sell this year…
— Matt (@aisle75) September 26, 2021
These protests are all organised and promoted on Telegram and the main groups devolved into arguing about religion and jews and whatever, or talk of renting charter flights to get out of the country, while a lot of discussion – since these are Victorians – turned to which part of Australia was best to take refuge in, considering that in Victoria if you are not vaccinated you are – indefinitely, so they say – not allowed to work outside the home (in some types of self employment you could probably get away with it though), nor go into many public buildings and amenities.
The consensus seems to be the contiguous coastal area stretching from the Gold Coast in southern Queensland, to the Northern Rivers of NSW at the southern end, or basically Gold Coast down to Coffs Harbour, with Byron Bay in the middle. The border between Qld and NSW is porous and you can just walk across it in plenty of towny places, in a vehicle it may be different.
Byron Shire is probably the ‘anti-vax’ capital of the country (60% first dosed, which is as low as it gets in NSW), and Russell Crowe lives there, and Russell’s alright, and it encompasses places like Mullumbimby:
Say NO to Discrimination
Well done Mullumbimby, Australia, Northern NSW pic.twitter.com/YkTvUJjqjx
— D1ll3yD1ll3y (@DilleyDilley8) October 12, 2021
You are going to have to put up with a lot of hippy dippy types, and there’ll be a whole swathe of topics to avoid bringing up with these people, chief of them ‘Adani’, which is how everyone refers to the nascent Carmichael coal mine in Qld, they are just obsessed about Adani.
More Mullumbimby Madness:
Mullumbimby NSW 🇦🇺 Free The Nation Musicians StreetSide Festival ❤️ 🎼 This is Epic…Ben Mitchell from 👇@benmitchellsongs Brings the Music Back to the people..This bloke has been relentless from day one… Give him a follow 👊Long Live Freedom 👊 pic.twitter.com/dXEpFNZxvJ
— 𝙍𝙄𝙎𝙀𝙈𝙀𝙇𝘽𝙊𝙐𝙍𝙉𝙀 (@risemelbourne) October 16, 2021
— 💧 Johny Miller (@jmil400) July 18, 2021
The other three states are hermit kingdoms still and you won’t get in there even if fully vaksined.
As far as remaining in Victoria, Melbourne is largely lost unless you already have some sort of network of people, or are of an ethnic persuasion which is resisting the vax program and have that community to rely on. There are Christian sort of prayer or support groups for non-vaxed which exist. If you must stay in Melbourne, the inner city areas are the most vax resistant and fairly chilled when there aren’t police everywhere, and some of the heavily multicultural areas, and, surprisingly, the local council area of Stonnington, which is upper middle class, but they’ll be worn down.
It’d be interesting to know where this union lady is right now:
Outside of Melbourne you’d probably want to be in a place with lots of locals like these:
Wow…government “Covid” Marshalls or whoever they are muscling private businesses…that bloke was so cool and calm 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 what a disgusting state Vic is becoming https://t.co/szM3vVsx40 pic.twitter.com/MLFXo4nIe8
— ValGlass2.0 (@AussieVal10) October 22, 2021
It’s nice the cafe has an Assange poster, most Australians don’t give a rat’s arse about him. This is some country town, not sure where but a semi-educated guess for a certain reason is Daylesford but it’s a little hard to believe that there are that many working class men in Daylesford, it’s a little like an inland version of Byron Bay just with fewer millionaires and Matt Damon doesn’t have a house there. [edit – actually it’s probably Woodend]
Generally for Victoria though the border towns are probably the best bet, and if you just had a sudden burning desire to play the pokies you can just cross the border into NSW, and theoretically, from December 1, just walk into the club as NSW intends to drop the vax passport system and, well, they show no sign of reneging on that (yet).
A lot of what is happening in Victoria seems reactive to the early opening up north of the Murray, the Victorian government doesn’t seem to want to be left behind, and there is a possibility that things won’t end up terribly bad in Victoria in the long run, again, predicated on NSW staying with and furthering its (now) more liberal approach to the madness. Andrews has said “no more lockdowns (citywide)” and it’s going to be cocktail hour for the olds very soon as they’re already rolling out the BOOST JUICE program, and allowing internationals to come without quarantine, and it’s just hard to see them rolling all this back, but we’ll see next winter.