As Australia and the rest of the world deal with the deadly outbreak of Covid-19 and its economic fallout, many countries, regions and cities have declared a state of emergency. This has granted authorities extraordinary powers to try to prevent the spread of the virus. But at what cost to our democracy?
Covid-19 infections have been growing at an exponential rate, and more than a million Australians have joined the jobless queue. States of emergency have been declared and extraordinary powers authorised to speed up decision-making and allocate resources. This is important and often necessary to deal with a crisis, but we have a right to be alarmed at the curtailment of accountability and transparency.