Victoria’s Kingdom of the Mad

The recent decision by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews to introduce legislation consolidating his power — and his power alone — to declare a pandemic, enforce a continuous state of emergency and enforce ruinous fines and imprisonment for any who dare to oppose his dictates points to such an advanced manifestation of megalomania that it is valid — indeed, unavoidable — to consider if mental instability is a factor in his behaviour. Such is the Premier’s total disregard for long cherished rights and freedoms so many have died to defend that Christopher Blanden QC, head of the Victorian Bar Association, compares what is happening in Victoria to communist East Germany under its secret police, the Stasi.

As Lord Acton famously wrote “power corrupts, but absolute power corrupts absolutely”.  Based on his thirst for dominance and control, there is no clearer example than Premier Daniel Andrews’ (aka Dictator Dan) conduct since the COVID virus arrived.

Like Queensland’s premier Joh Bjelke-Peterson, who ruled between 1968 to 1987 and had no idea what was meant by the separation of powers, Dictator Dan’s record of closing down Parliament, banning elected representatives from the building and sidelining and discarding cabinet colleagues demonstrates a total disregard for our Westminster form of government. Add to that the Potemkin inquiry into his government’s incompetence, chaired by a retired Labor judge who, like Andrews, came up through the Monash Labor Club, and you have what Lord Acton would have recognised in an instant as the most brazen corruption.

Add to that the Premier’s refusal to take responsibility for the 800+ who died in aged care homes because of his government’s ineptitude, his refusal to release the advice that led to nightly 9pm curfews and his record of denying citizen’s freedoms and rights, it’s obvious his approach to governing has more in common with that of a Third World dictator than the accepted role as a representative of the people who elected him. Victorians have been refused the right to visit dying family and relatives, homes have been invaded by the police, small business owners driven into bankruptcy and students forced to learn as best they can from home for weeks and weeks on end.

Dictator Dan, like Big Brother and The Party in George Orwell’s dystopian 1984, consolidates his power and enforces obedience by inventing an external enemy that he presents as constituting an immediate and overwhelming threat only he can address: COVID-19 is a silent and deadly beast that strikes without regard to age and existing medical conditions, meaning all are vulnerable to sickness and death. Playgrounds have been sealed off as even healthy children are said be at deadly risk, which is simply not true, while citizens in regional areas unaffected by the pandemic are declared unsafe and locked down out of “an abundance of caution”. When a farmer going about his solitary business in an empty paddock is obliged by law to wear a mask, the sanity of the man responsible for such an order should be of prime concern.

While yet nothing like South Africa’s apartheid or Hitler’s holocaust, Dictator Dan’s regime increases his power and enforces compliance by creating two classes of citizens.  Those vaccinated and thus deemed deserving of the freedoms and rights it is his fiat to bestow, versus those who must be ostracised and punished because they are unvaccinated.

Unlike Premier Dominic Perrottet in NSW, where, when the state has reached a 90 per cent vaccination rate by the end of this year, all citizens will be treated equally, Dictator Dan is happy to exclude the unvaccinated and force them to suffer the ignominy of being stripped of fundamental and essential rights and freedoms until December 2023. This need not be the case, but such is life in Victoria because Dictator Dan point-blank refuses to accept the increasingly used practice overseas which sees those undertaking regular, self-administered COVID home testing able to go about their business unrestricted if the result is negative.

Such is his arrogance the Premier acts without any sense of care or compassion for those his decisions will adversely affect. Such is the fear and distrust Dictator Dan has instilled in the community, as in communist Russia and China, the unvaccinated face discrimination, public shaming and being denied their inherent right to liberty and freedom. Christmas shopping, a restaurant meal, visiting the local pub — all will be denied to some citizens and not others. Even those who represent no risk to the community as Victoria opens up and herd immunity takes effect will be categorised as the unclean and declared outcasts. 

So much, too, for Victoria’s Human Rights Charter, so lauded by the Labor Government when legislated in 2006.  This is a document and law that states a person must not be “subjected to medical or scientific experimentation or treatment without his or her full, free and informed consent”. Such is Dictator Dan’s cunning, like that of Great Helmsman Mao, in presenting himself as a caring and benevolent figure genuinely concerned about safeguarding the community that, according to the polls, he and his government have not suffered electorally and are likely to retain power when Victorians next have the opportunity to vote in November 2022. By then Victoria will see the destructive and debilitating flow-on effect of small businesses being shut for months on end, families being isolated in their homes, students barred from their classrooms and the state groaning under a mountain of debt. The only hope for the state is that, after 12 more months of the Premier’s diktats and the brutal enforcing of his will by Victoria Police’s politicised brass, voters will wake up, say ‘enough!’ and be done with him.

Freed from whipping and regulating Victorians, Mr Andrews will then have time to address his megalomania and associated mental disorders with the help of a qualified medical professional.

Dr Kevin Donnelly is a conservative author and commentator.  His latest book Why Christianity Is Good For Us is available at

18 thoughts on “Victoria’s Kingdom of the Mad

  • padmmdpat says:

    Dan Andrews is a dictator.

  • Lo says:

    The medical professions and other scientists, who must definitely know how insane this is, are being remarkably quiet.

  • Andrew Campbell says:

    So what’s the use of a Bill of Rights?

  • Claude James says:

    Big difference:
    Joh B-P was in favour of Western Civ, and he did many things to ensure the survival of Western Civ. But sure, he was bad on some matters. As Acton said in the next sentence of that speech: “All great men are flawed”.
    But Dan Andrews is simply a power-mongerer. That is all. All who knew him in his earlier days saw this, and many can see it now. With Andrews, it’s all about his power; nothing about human flourishing under a Western-style system. And he panders to and appeases all who want things that are inconsistent with the survival of Western Civ -at individual and institutional levels. Andrews is a key figure in the dominant ALP force that sees Australia’s future as a province of China. The Woke and the Muslims who currently support Andrews will not enjoy the consequences of China’s dominance -but well, they will simply be collateral casualties as Andrews continues to expand his personal power.

  • Ceres says:

    Great summary thanks Kevin. A dangerous megalomaniac alright and wears it like a badge of honour. This man doubles down at criticism and the QC’s can present reasoned logical argument on the proposed Pandemic Management Bill till the cows come home, Andrews couldn’t care less about this proposed death of democracy. He’s salivating at that thought and the one man band he’s almost certain of becoming.
    All those who have been coerced into getting vaccinated for employment reasons, a huge number, are just as angry as the unvaccinated, at this man and his edicts for a divided, despotic State. The exodus from Victoria will be staggering and financial investment gone. Vale Victoria until hopefully the State Libs can win in November 2022.

  • Ian MacKenzie says:

    There is a meme which goes – it could be that the purpose of your life is to serve as a warning to others. Right now Victoria is serving as a warning to the rest of Australia about what happens when you vote in a Premier from the Left of the ALP. There are two simple solutions to this. The first is not to vote for Dictator Dan and his fellow Marxists, although Victorians have had numerous opportunities to do this and repeatedly failed, or to leave. Dan has run out of excuses to use the Murray like the Berlin Wall. Just as there is nothing now to stop anyone leaving what was the Warsaw Pact, so there is nothing to stop anyone leaving Victoria for a less oppressive polity.

  • Rebekah Meredith says:

    I’m afraid the warning has not been taken, and is too late, in any case. Look at the mandates in the NT–covering even more of the workforce than Victoria’s do, I believe (though I may be wrong about that). Here in WA, Chairman Mark’s looming mandates cover 75% of the workforce–including those already out on their ears if they refused to comply. That’s over 1 million people. If 90% of them are vaccinated, that means that over 100,000 people lose their jobs–in a population of only about 2.5 million. That is not counting the spouses, children, and other loved ones affected, nor the damage to businesses. Protestors are told by the health minister to “stop this ridiculous behaviour”–how dare you think for yourselves! And some letter-writers to the paper think that restrictions have not gone far enough.
    And most, if not all, of these people would claim that they value freedom and are grateful for what the ANZACs gave us.

  • J. Vernau says:

    The draft pandemic bill includes, in subsection (4) (a):
    “a pandemic order may apply to, differentiate between or vary in its application to persons or classes of person identified by reference to an attribute within the meaning of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010.”

    The attributes listed in that Act include:
    age; employment activity; industrial activity; physical features; political belief or activity; race; and personal association (whether as a relative or otherwise) with a person who is identified by reference to any of the above attributes.

  • sfw says:

    There’s only a sliver of difference between Vic Labor and Vic Liberals, the Libs have acquiesced and agreed with nearly all of Dan’s madness, they even voted with him to prevent elected MPs from entering parliament. It’s only Dan’s enabling act that has stirred them, they say that if elected they will repeal it, somehow I doubt it, the attraction of all that power would be too tempting for such a pathetic bunch of low IQ seat warmers as the Libs are. Without a strong opposition that is committed to freedom not much will change. It’s going to be a long time till Victoria recovers, could take decades as there is little political will for it.

  • STD says:

    Freedom Publishing down in Vic has an antidote, and the reasoning behind this blind insanity of a strange kind of madness. THE DEVIL and KARL MARX BY Paul Kengor.
    Karl Marx was by nature ,according to his friends, family and fellow travellers- sadistic.
    The likes of Xi Jinping call him the worlds greatest thinker- and of course the rest of us know full well that insanity is fertilised by the mind .
    To paraphrase Harry Lee ‘all Marxist’s are liars’ ( deny the existence of truth).

  • Michael says:

    “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

    C.S. Lewis.

  • nfw says:

    Comrade Dan is always busy. That it took him 6 years to do a 3 year Arts degree shows how busy he always has been. That demonstrates his capability.

  • Ian MacKenzie says:

    Biggles, on your third solution, the problem is that as a duly elected member of parliament and leader of the party with a majority in that parliament, Dictator Dan creates the law that suits him. Any new legal threat can be overcome by a change to legislation. There is also the public service, the upper echelons of which, after most of this century being populated by ALP mates, are only too willing to give Dan a free pass. Witness the Red Shirts corruption with no charges laid, the Hotel Quarantine enquiry with nobody to blame, and the decision of WorkSafe to charge the Victorian Department of Health with 58 breaches of the Occupational Health and Safety Act over Hotel Quarantine, but no individuals. Witness also the contrasting treatment by Vic Police of the BLM protests and anti lockdown protests. The Victorian legal system is both highly politicised and corrupt. A class-action civil suit could be raised against Dan for his role in the greatest loss of life due to government incompetence in Australia this century, but most Victorian class-action law practices are ALP stooges and couldn’t be trusted to bite the hand that feeds them.
    As for possible solution 4, we all know what happened to Breaker Morant, and it didn’t really solve the Boer issue (for everyone “solved” another appeared) so that’s not really a viable solution either.
    I’m left to conclude that solutions 1 and 2 are still the best, and given the state of the Victorian Liberal Party, solution 2 is to be preferred.

  • ianl says:

    Andrews is a spiteful, dangerous sociopath. To be rid of him requires his own colleagues to remove him when they have finally had it with his arbitrary spite. I doubt his Praetorian Guard (VicPol) will interfere.

    But to mock one G. Whitlam, well then may we say long live the King, because nothing will prevent an emergent King mis-using the same power. Perhaps not as cunningly, however.

  • Carlos says:

    Sometimes it takes a sociopath to beat a sociopath, the centre right need to find a bigger bastard than Andrews, such a person is rare.

  • STD says:

    Come on out Carlos.

  • Dazz says:

    The polls showing high levels of support for Dictator Dan are of great concern. He obviously still has enough of the population frightened witless that they are begging for even more punishment from their narcissist in chief. The sane members of the Victorian population will be leaving the state for good at the first opportunity. Dear Leader and his minions will then be free to fulfill their dream of transforming Victoria into a CCP satellite state.

  • tommbell says:

    People should stop wondering how a fair chunk of the German population voted for Hitler. Overt intimidation was only a small part of the story. I have little doubt but that if an election were held tomorrow Andrews would romp home (same btw for McGowan).

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