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Censorship actions taken by the Department of Home Affairs over COVID-19 ‘misinformation’ has finally been revealed, with exact details unveiled in a FOI request and questioned during a senate hearing.
The Australian government has repeatedly proved itself to be prepared to sacrifice the sovereignty of its own citizens and the right to free speech to foreign owned social media platforms. Thousands of posts have been censored since 2020.
And as usual with the Australian government, magically somehow no one is responsible.
In 2020, the Australian government’s Department of Home Affairs set up an internal unit designed specifically to surveil it’s own citizens for ‘misinformation’ regarding bushfires, COVID-19, and more.
Now, the extent of the actions taken by this secretive wing of the Department have now been revealed to the public, thanks to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request.
Senator Alex Antic first revealed the specific details of this censorship after receiving back a FOI request made in December, with the documents showing 4,213 social media posts were declared “flagged” according to Big Tech’s COVID-19 ‘misinformation guidelines’ during the ‘pandemic’ period.
To investigate the specifics of these flagged posts and just why they were censored, Senator Antic called for a cross-examination of the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) during a senate estimates hearing.
Here, more information was revealed detailing just how the machinations of bureaucracy censored your social media posts, working alongside the Department of Health to shape perspectives.
DOHA handles border security, counter-terrorism and related issues, but are not tasked to public health.
During this session, DOHA representatives detailed how they were funded to act as an intermediary to ‘provide information’ to the Department of Health on posts that contradict the establishment narrative.
The Department of Health would then ask social media companies to ‘take a look’ at the posts and censor them under existing ‘misinformation guidelines’.
“What you’re describing, effectively there is a censorship-industrial-complex that arises out of the Department of Health, presumably ATAGI and the Therapeutic Goods Association… directing traffic through the Department of Home Affairs to enforce that?”
DOHA even admitted they had no independent thought on the matter and simply followed protocols, denying they acted on any perception of what the ‘truth’ of the matter was.
Senator Malcolm Roberts also questioned the panel, including if whether by aiding and abetting the censorship of accurate information about the vaccine, they contributed to Australia’s excess deaths.
Most disturbing was an outburst by Senator Murray Watt, who actually defended the censorship of ‘fringe’ views which didn’t accord with the official version of the science.
Senator Alex Antic quickly took him to task and questioned whether the same surveillance would be used for the Voice campaign, or for climate change discussions.
And, as we know, this censorship went far beyond anti-science posts, becoming a tool to be used for something as simple as a meme about politicians like Dan Andrews.
Literally anything that would produce ‘distrust’ was targeted, because, we can’t have a population thinking for themselves, now can we?
This news follows the emergence of the Twitter Files in recent months, which highlighted just how U.S. authorities used their powers to demand government consensus was pushed at all costs.
Many readers of TOTT News would be familiar of our warnings of this particular wing of the Department since 2020, and pushes by the establishment to crack down on ‘misinformation’.
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As always, when things begin to emerge in the mainstream, readers will be familiar with hearing about these plans right here on TOTT News, as we continue to be dedicated to our moniker – Australia’s Front Line.
On 21 April 2020, just weeks after Australia’s first lockdowns began, TOTT News projected the future path this dystopian agenda would take and published a piece aptly calling out the future thoughtcrimes.
On 7 July 2020, we let readers know of the establishment of this specific taskforce within the Department of Home Affairs, and how their role would be to target critical thinkers of the narrative.
The Department spokesperson says it was established in response to the Christchurch shooting in 2019, but we also know widespread bushfire conspiracies were also part of the agenda to censor.
During this time, the Australian government also passed laws allowing internet services providers to block domains that promote “harmful and extreme” content.
Australia had also long been pressuring Facebook to create a backdoor into its encrypted messaging apps that would allow governments to access the content of private communications.
The moves follow similar pushes to infiltrate numerous encrypted platforms and services, underpinned by the government passing anti-encryption legislation that compels these companies to grant access to encrypted information.
The ‘pandemic’ arriving on our shores just months after the bushfires would have no doubt super-charged the establishment of this Department of Home Affairs unit.
And, although the extent of what was going on was unknown, we all intrinsically knew joint censorship campaigns were happening behind the scenes with social media companies.
Our previous feature pieces on the censorship campaigns of social media companies, including how agencies like the CIA helped to form Facebook to begin with, gave no doubt to the measures taken.
In August 2020, we began to see the first emergence of this censorship, first primarily targeting doctors and health professionals that went against the consensus narrative.
On 17 September 2020, authorities revealed that ‘conspiracies threatened national security’, saying that ‘bad actors’ have ‘exploited fears during this time to disrupt society’.
In March 2022, the government unveiled further legislation designed to hand over the details of those posting ‘harmful content’ online, just one month after the Convoy to Canberra event.
This included renewed pushes for digital identity requirements for social media, which are still in the works as we speak here today, and the opening of a new national security facility in Canberra.
One year ago, Australia also joined 60 other countries in a pledge to ‘reclaim the internet from ‘disinformation’ that has supposedly taken hold in an “info-demic”.
During this time, we were targeted by YouTube, Facebook, and even international media, but we remained true to bringing you the real information.
I am sure many of you reading this right now would have had similar experiences with social media thoughtpolice. Thoughtpolice that were informed by our very own ‘elected officials’.
Well done to the likes of Senator Antic and Senator Malcolm Roberts for bringing the exact details of their actions to the light, and for questioning them on decision-making processes.
Of course, just a few years later, much that was deemed ‘conspiracy’ has indeed come true.
The greatest opposition to tyranny is an informed and well-read populace.
Why are they so fixated on ensuring this isn’t the case for our society?