Monday, April 06, 2020

Now we know what the rules are

As the lockdown has gone on, disquiet about what the rules were and the police's enforcement of them has grown. On Friday, Police admitted that they were abusing routine traffic stops to effectively set up illegal checkpoints, and on Saturday Stuff revealed internal police advice saying that they actually needed to suspect someone was infected to take any action (meaning a whole bunch of reported police interventions seem to have been illegal). And perhaps coincidentally, late on Friday the Director-General of Health quietly issued a national quarantine order, which sets out exactly what we are and aren't allowed to do. It gives the police enforcement power, but also significantly limits scope for police arbitrariness and abuse. And that's definitely a Good Thing.