Notes from Prison Quarantine by Not convicted of any crime*

Part I

I flew into Brisbane from Melbourne just after the new rules on hotel quarantine kicked in. On arrival, passengers were ushered to a cordoned off section of the terminal (right next to the gate). We were surrounded by both police officers and army personnel. We were asked to produce our entry passes. If the form had changed since we had received the approval we were told to re-do it. Then we had to see a bureaucrat – this day they were all members of Queensland Police – some were in uniform though the one I saw wasn’t. The officer asked me why I had gone to Melbourne. I gave them the reason, though I did wonder why it mattered or why they needed to know the purpose of my trip. I did ask if I could quarantine at home, I curt reply was “No” and that was the extent of my interaction with this person. The officer then filled in a form which informed me that under the Public Health Act 2005 that I would be quarantined in a hotel and the name of the hotel was added to the form. The photo of the information sheet I was given is included here. Then I had wait around until the rest of the passengers were processed.

It did seem to me that rules were being made on the fly. Some passengers on the flight had just left the 14 day quarantine in Melbourne having arrived from overseas. Their passes had indicated that they could quarantine at home. However, when they arrived in Brisbane, they were told that they would have to quarantine at a hotel again because they had left quarantine in Melbourne. How else, can one get on a plane without leaving quarantine? Common sense seemed to prevail after a call to the Chief Medical Officer. These passengers were told that if they had the relevant quarantine paperwork and had tested negative on the COVID test, then they could leave to quarantine at home. I had never seen so many relieved people in any setting.

The rest of us were then marched off to collect our luggage. This side was operation was managed by the army. There was two army personnel and a police officer in front and few more in the back. There were a few more police officers along the route watching our movements. Our luggage was at one end of the terminal. Once we collected our bags and put it in the luggage hold of bus we were ready to set off to the designated hotel. There was a police officer on the bus as well.

The ride to the hotel was not long and were met by an officer who said that he was in charge of operations at the hotel. He told us that we could take a fresh air break, but we would be accompanied by police personnel at all times. I haven’t gone out yet, but after reading Cardinal Pell’s account I wonder if they will let us stay out for an hour.

Once off the bus, we were met by someone from the hotel who had us fill yet another form and this time it was about our meal preferences. Meals are delivered at 3 times – 8am, 1pm and 7pm. The government also “gives” us a $15 per room laundry allowance.

Since we arrived later in the day, we were handed a bag containing noodles, a packet of chips, a bottle of water and some biscuits. Then it was time to head to our rooms.

That’s it for now. Feel free to post your questions and I will respond through Sinclair. Thanks for reading.

* Not my regular Cat name

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49 Responses to Notes from Prison Quarantine by Not convicted of any crime*

  1. wal1957

    You should have said you were a returning Black Lives Matter protestor.
    They would have taken a knee and let you be on your way.

  2. V

    Meanwhile Dannii Minogue and her son get to avoid the mandatory 14 day quarantine at a cost of $2800 because she is a celebrity.

  3. Roger

    I did ask if I could quarantine at home, I curt reply was “No” and that was the extent of my interaction with this person.

    If only you’d had a letter from your doctor like that Minogue woman.

  4. C.L.

    What was the explanation for the Minogue Exception?

  5. Runny nose?

    COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Most infected people will develop mild to moderate illness and recover without hospitalization.

    Most common symptoms:
    fever
    dry cough
    tiredness

    Less common symptoms:
    aches and pains
    sore throat
    diarrhoea
    conjunctivitis
    headache
    loss of taste or smell
    a rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes

    Serious symptoms:
    difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    chest pain or pressure
    loss of speech or movement

    Why not add headache, sore neck, back pain, joint pain, pain in the arse.

  6. I meant headache after a night on the booze.

  7. Roger

    What was the explanation for the Minogue Exception?

    One can only surmise it was along the lines of “hotel quarantine would be too onerous for Ms Minogue [and/or her child] given her [his] fragile state of health. Given that they’d just flown half way around the world from a business trip/holiday in the US the average person would find that claim hard to sustain.

  8. mundi

    Strange that they would cite part 333 of the public health act. This is the part which makes them medical officers.

    It is section 345 which gives the powers of the officer to:
    (c) require a person to go to a stated place;
    (d) require a person to stay at or in a stated place;

    More interesting is the penalty.
    As far as I can tell, the maximum penalty is 100 units.

    So if you tell them to shove it, not only can they not imprison you, but the fine will be hardly much more than what you will get charged for quarantine.

    Maybe get some legal advice first.

  9. C.L.
    #3512686, posted on July 14, 2020 at 3:20 pm
    What was the explanation for the Minogue Exception?

    Horny security gorillas.

  10. Bear Necessities

    Don’t drop the soap
    Don’t smoke no dope
    Get yourself a lawyer, son
    You’re gonna need a good one to get you outta this one

    Credits to the Cruel Sea.

  11. Sinclair Davidson

    I suspect our correspondent misheard – I have linked to the part of the legislation that deals with COVID.

  12. Some History

    What was the explanation for the Minogue Exception?

    Dannii’s got a “plan”.

    Queensland’s top doctor denies Dannii Minogue received ‘special treatment’ allowing her to home quarantine’

    Queensland’s Chief Health officer has denied giving “special treatment” to singer Dannii Mingoue who is self-isolating in a private home instead of a hotel.
    The Australian returned from the United States over the weekend with her son, and instead of paying $2800 for mandatory hotel quarantine, she is staying in a Gold Coast residence.
    Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said Minogue was given an exemption because she had “a COVID-safe plan manged by a third party”.

    https://www.9news.com.au/national/dannii-minogue-allowed-to-selfisolate-in-gold-coast-home-avoiding-hotel-quarantine/d5d320d8-66af-4314-b701-91d1374a561b

  13. mundi

    Also you should consider yourself lucky.

    Under the act an officer can order you to “ demolish structures or other property”.

    So you should be thankful the government isn’t ordering your
    potentially covid infested belongings or home to be destroyed. Such benevolence and restrained by the esteemed officers of health.

  14. mundi

    The government keeps making excuses for Danni

    First they said medical certificate.

    Then they said covid safe plan.

    If you actually read the health act, the orders to quartering do not have to be followed if there is a “reasonable excuse”, i.e. if you have a good legal team or the right connections.

  15. Sinclair Davidson

    Strange that they would cite part 333 of the public health act.

    I’m told the officer was appointed under s333 of the Act.

  16. Not convicted of any crime

    Okay, a correction. I didn’t look closely at the top of the

    I am being detained under the “Public Health Emergency – COVID-19- Public Health Act, section 362H.

    The emergency officer appointed pursuant to section 333 of the Public Health Act 2005.

  17. John of Mel

    What was the explanation for the Minogue Exception?

    We’re all in this together!

  18. Yarpos

    I am glad your papers were in order Comrade

  19. Slim Cognito

    What a sh!t country we have become.

  20. Queensland’s top doctor denies Dannii Minogue received ‘special treatment’ allowing her to home quarantine’

    Everyone is equal, some just more so.

  21. What a sh!t country we have become.

    Wait until the Left are fully in control.

  22. Not convicted of any crime

    I am aware of the “Minogue Exception” as CL put it. It came up in a coversation I had with someone this morning. More on that tomorrow.

  23. Not convicted of any crime

    If you actually read the health act, the orders to quartering do not have to be followed if there is a “reasonable excuse”, i.e. if you have a good legal team or the right connections.

    Mundi — If I had a letter from the doctor that I suffered from say claustraphobia, I could gotten out of it?

  24. Mustapha Bunn

    The Queensland Chief Health Officer ..exemptions”People who work in the entertainment industries”.
    There you have it sheep people the film luvvies are special.We however are the great unwashed who can be threatened with fines and up to 6 months in prison etc. etc.

  25. Natural Instinct

    I wonder if this question was asked, and the answer recorded whether the officer has committed an offence

    The officer asked me why I had gone to Melbourne. I gave them the reason.

    If not, then we are now, no better than East Germany

  26. Suburban Boy

    It seems no-one remembers that a couple of months back Kerry Stokes arranged to serve his quarantine period at his home rather than a hotel when he arrived in WA from overseas.

    Perhaps Kerry and Dannii could sing a duet of “We’re all in this together”?

  27. More like

    I love you
    I love you
    I honestly love you

  28. pete of perth

    Danni’s lungs are protected by a shield of medical grade silicone.

  29. pete of Perth

    thus the song… Islands in the stream… That is what we are… No one in between… How can we be wrong..

  30. Diesal

    It is very tough, my wife, 6 month old daughter and I are on day 12 following arrival from the UK, in Queensland. It is clearly meant to be punitive, the government want us to suffer to discourage others from returning to Australia. As for medical exemptions they are extremely difficult to get unless you are famous. I would say have a plan for each day and keep a diary.
    Don’t be afraid to pester people for what you need you will only get it if you ask for it.

  31. Judge Dredd

    I wonder, by accepting their notice, and then by filling in their form you’ve now agreed in contract law to what they’ve stated. Perhaps if you hadn’t have accepted any document and you filled out nothing, technically they couldn’t stop you exercising your freedom.

  32. Chris M

    Mate, that’s grim. Like Pyongyang.

    I would deadset go on a hunger strike. Absolutely refuse to eat or drink anything.

  33. Kev from Canberra

    Is it just me or does the COVID-1984 symptoms list keep growing? Maybe we should rush to get a nostril molestation if we now start feeling a slight malaise?

    “If you have skin, this may be a symptom of COVID….please alert the relevant authorities….”

  34. Watch Your Back

    Queensland is a bully police state. I suspect it always has been, and it treats citizens as convicts.

    You’re best not to come here.

  35. Eyrie

    “Queensland is a bully police state. I suspect it always has been, and it treats citizens as convicts.
    You’re best not to come here.”

    You are describing Australia, mate.

  36. Sinclair Davidson

    I wonder, by accepting their notice, and then by filling in their form you’ve now agreed in contract law to what they’ve stated. Perhaps if you hadn’t have accepted any document and you filled out nothing, technically they couldn’t stop you exercising your freedom.

    Alas – no.

    362J
    Failure to comply with direction

    A person to whom a direction is given under this division must comply with the direction unless the person has a reasonable excuse.
    Maximum penalty—100 penalty units.

  37. Iain Russell

    Do you drive on the left, as the OzFascState dictates? Do leave off. I guess you speed through school zones to show your disgust at State Imposed Freedom Constraints.

  38. C.L.

    You are describing Australia, mate.

    Indeed.

    Is it just me or does the COVID-1984 symptoms list keep growing?

    They have no idea what they’re doing and just make shit up on a daily basis.

    Remember when the same Queensland Chief Health Officer recommended strongly that a state-wide local government election was totally cool?

  39. Gilas

    The sheeples are getting what they fully deserve.

    What does anyone (with a working brain, admittedly) think the Govt would do if hundreds+ of people refused to be intimidated by these buffoons?
    I’d happily front up to a Court and publicly expose the Govt bastardry.
    Jail time highly, HIGHLY unlikely.
    Do the sheep believe that the risk of bad publicity, hundreds of cases, would be ignored by the Govt?
    All are cowards and enablers, just like the Russians and the Chinks.
    That’s why Australia is in the shit it’s in.

  40. Australia was a Kafkaesque penal colony in 1788 and it is a Kafkaesque penal colony in 2020.

  41. richardf

    Common sense seemed to prevail after a call to the Chief Medical Officer.

    Really?;-)

    Spending 14 days in quarantine means zero once you come in contact with potential carriers, such as on an airplane!

  42. mundi

    Update:
    As I said above penalty for not following it was only 100 penalty units (or 40 units for on the spot fine).

    The QLD Gov just announced they are going to change this to 6 months in jail….

    The most likely reason is people just were walking out. Why stay in isoaltion for $4,000 when the fine is only $4,000.

    LMAO.

  43. a reader

    WHat a shithole this country is rapidly becoming. All we’re doing (at a ridiculous fucking expense) is delaying the inevitable. Eventually 20% of this country will get it because it’s a respiratory pandemic. That;s what happens. Might as well just take our medicine and get on with it. Protect the old and very sick and the rest of us get on with it. I feel you for you mate

  44. The QLD Gov just announced they are going to change this to 6 months in jail….

    Australia was a Kafkaesque penal colony in 1788 and it is a Kafkaesque penal colony in 2020.

  45. Hay Stockard

    Next time have all your papers in order. Ve half vays of making you comply.

  46. Cardimona

    As a related aside, was just thinking of the demographic of security manning Dan JinPing’s Ruby Princess hotels…

    The faecal transmission route doesn’t get discussed much, does it…?

  47. hzhousewife

    When a pal was caught by the robodebt issue she negotiated to pay back her “debt” at the rate of $5.oo a fortnight deducted from her current benefits. So I suggest anyone with a $2800.00 debt to the Qld government repay it at a similar rate.

  48. gafa

    When a pal was caught by the robodebt issue she negotiated to pay back her “debt” at the rate of $5.oo a fortnight deducted from her current benefits.

    Unfortunately for Mr and Mrs Middle they have too much to be careless and too little to be carefree!
    No KY for them!

  49. Iampeter

    Notes from Prison Quarantine by Not convicted of any crime*

    We are all “illegal immigrants” now.

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