FACT-CHECK: The truth about Australia's Lockdown - it doesn't exist

Posted August 31, 2021 by Lincoln Holmes

Right now, Victoria, NSW & the ACT are in lockdown - but if you’re not in Australia, you may think the entire country is under restrictions.


Misinformation about our COVID-19 situation has spread online & on TV, so to understand what’s going on - we have to return to the basics.


Australia has 6 states & 2 territories:

  • Queensland (QLD)

  • New South Wales (NSW)

  • The Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

  • Victoria (VIC)

  • Tasmania (TAS)

  • South Australia (SA)

  • Western Australia (WA)

  • And the Northern Territory (NT)


All of them have had at least 2 lockdowns, except for Tasmania, where people are living a relatively normal life.


So what about all those misleading claims? Let’s start with FOX News host Tucker Carlson, who said "the government has implemented total lockdown nationwide" - which is wrong.


All the lockdowns currently in place were made by the Premiers & Chief Ministers who lead different states & territories, not the Federal Government, run by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.


And secondly, Australia is not in a nationwide lockdown - that’s totally false.


But Carlson isn’t the only right-wing cable news host talking about it - One America News & Newsmax have also been covering it, but not highlighting the fact a large part of the country is out of lockdown.


Social media has also seen a lot of false claims as well.


Last week, rumour spread here at home that a Year 12 student had died as a result of the COVID-19 vaccine.


The truth? He wasn’t even vaccinated.


One Facebook post from early August was shared across the world, but when you look a little closer, you can see that some things aren’t true.


There is no Stage 5 lockdown in Sydney & there never has been - and there are more reasons to leave home than just food & exercise, including essential care & work & getting tested & vaccinated.


On YouTube, headlines like ‘Australia Lockdown’ can also lead to confusion - even though we’ve seen similar false claims made by news outlets, such as ABC America & Al Jazeera, last year.

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