Anti-mandate South Australian Liberal Senator Alex Antic castigates ‘bureaucratic overlords’ for quarantine

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Liberal South Australian Senator Alex Antic has denounced the state’s “bureaucratic overlords” after being quarantined at the hotel upon his return to Adelaide.

The vaccine mandate critic left Canberra on Thursday when the federal parliament finished sitting for the year.

Under border changes that took effect on November 23, all unvaccinated travelers to South Africa must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Senator Antic, who refused to reveal his vaccination status, seems to have been caught by the rule.

When asked on Friday why he was taken to a hotel in quarantine for two weeks, he told ABC radio that it was “a very good question.”

Liberal Senator Alex Antic has been quarantined in a hotel in Adelaide. Credit: PAA

“This is a question you would like to ask the bureaucratic overlords of SA Health,” he added.

“I am surrounded by COVID in a medi-hotel and it is alarming.”

Senator Antic was in the spotlight at the last parliamentary session when he joined a handful of Upper House MPs threatening to suspend their votes on government legislation to protest against states’ vaccination mandates.

He relented later, but not before rising in the Senate to say that Australia had been “turned into a two-tier society on the basis of medical discrimination”.

Senator Antic said he felt he had been taken to task.

“It looks like I was singled out in what appears to be a political stunt and the only conclusion you can really draw from it is that it was pretty premeditated,” he told the CBA.

COVID SA division

SA is on high alert after discovering 18 new cases of COVID-19 in the state on Thursday.

Sixteen of the new cases are linked to an event in suburban Norwood last weekend. The other two concern motorway travelers.

All infected people who attended the Norwood event, a school reunion, were fully immunized. Former South African Prime Minister Jay Weatherill was among them and tested positive.

The cluster forced 210 close contacts to quarantine themselves for seven days, but officials expect that number to increase.

Among the close contacts forced into solitary confinement are Governor Frances Adamson, Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas and his deputy Susan Close.

They have all tested negative, but are continuing their quarantine according to the rules.

Prime Minister Steven Marshall said the surge in virus cases was not unexpected after the state dropped most of its border restrictions last month.

“I’m sure there are people who are anxious about opening the borders. But I’m quite sure we’re ready for COVID, ”he said on Thursday.

“We’re on the right track right now. Cases were inevitable and now we are responding.

As part of that response and amid concerns about the Omicron variant of the virus, SA has decided to tighten its border rules with NSW, requiring all arrivals to undergo a COVID-19 test.

SA Health also took steps to be able to quickly identify the new variant if it did arrive.

But officials remain concerned that some other jurisdictions only require international arrivals to quarantine for 72 hours, or allow them to immediately travel to other locations in Australia.

Under current rules, all international arrivals to South Africa must be quarantined for 14 days.


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