A TikTok video by Jeremy Longdon is currently blowing up the internet. It shows him and other inmates waiting to be fed at the so-called “Centre for National Resilience at Howard Springs in the Northern Territory, Australia.
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He describes the way he and his fellow captives are waiting for their food, which comes three times a day, as being like when you shake a bag of food “and the dogs come running”.
He also recounts an incident where a lady sitting on her veranda in the unit across from him was harassed by ”cops” for letting her mask sit below her chin for just a little too long between sips of tea.
On his TikTok channel, Longdon has essentially provided a video diary of his stay at the quarantine facility. Conditions are not technically inhumane, and they are not exactly fed slop. He gives advice for others caught in his predicament – basically just make sure you don’t spend all your time in your room, and chat to your neighbours.
However, this snapshot of camp life is an indication that the situation is a little dark, and could easily get very dark. There is a reason I wrote this little bit of fiction:
A perusal of the Northern Territory government’s website substantiates Longdon’s accounts:
Individuals entering into mandatory supervised quarantine in the Northern Territory will be charged a rate of $2,500 per person or $5,000 for a family of two or more people for 14 days.
Any person found breaching quarantine regulations will be liable for fines.
Due to our COVID-19 strategy, any interstate travel includes the possibility you may be required to enter quarantine on arrival into the Northern Territory due to the Chief Health Officer declaring a hotspot at short notice.
It is your responsibility to monitor the national COVID-19 picture and to be up to date on CHO Directions or Hot Spot Declarations being made. This includes monitoring other States and Territories’ COVID 19 pages for their exposure sites and/or hotspot declarations.
Adam Piggott has already noted the government’s penchant for judo flipping responsibility for following its totalitarian rules onto others.
Chief Health Officer Direction 55 sets out what a person must do when in quarantine at the Centre for National Resilience and at Alice Springs Quarantine Facility.
The XYZ has obtained exclusive footage of the moment Direction 55 was announced:
This direction is law – every person in quarantine must do what the Direction says. If a person does not follow the Direction, the Northern Territory Police may issue an Infringement Notice with a financial penalty.
You must do as they say. Disobey and it costs you.
A person in quarantine must;
- stay in the person’s allocated room, including on any veranda space allocated to the room, unless permitted by an authorised officer; and
- when not in their room, or on their veranda, residents must take all reasonable measures to stay at least 1.5 metres away from any other person in the quarantine facility, except for the person’s spouse, de facto partner, child or parent; and
- wear a face mask when outside their room unless an authorised officer permits the person to remove the face mask; and
- comply with any directions given by an authorised officer to avoid people congregating in a quarantine zone; and
- must not leave the quarantine zone in which the person’s allocated room is located unless the person is escorted by an authorised officer, except in an emergency.
You get the picture. Don’t complain though:
It is expected that all interactions with staff remain courteous.
These so-called “Centres for National Resilience” are being built all over the country. Keep in mind:
- Lockdowns have been repeatedly extended;
- Mask requirements have gone from “just put something over your face” to “it must be a medical mask”;
- Check-in apps and vaccines have gone from recommended to mandatory;
- The lockdown of everybody is being transitioned into the “lockout” of the unvaxxed;
Thus there is every reason to believe that the population of “Centres for National Resilience” will shift from international and interstate travellers, to “vaccine refusers” and political dissidents.