Officers from the South Australia Police escorted Antic to a quarantine hotel on the night of Dec. 2, as soon as he landed at the state's capital of Adelaide. The senator flew in from Canberra, submitting a negative Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) test the day before. Antic said that he truthfully answered all required health questions under the state guidelines.
The lawmaker told ABC Radio Adelaide host David Bevan on Dec. 3 that he had been in the federal capital for two weeks and attempted to come back. However, he was "met with some resistance" and was subsequently told to quarantine at a hotel. "I'm now surrounded by COVID in a [quarantine hotel] and that's alarming," he said.
Asked why he was quarantined, Antic told Bevan: "That a very good question [that] you might like to direct to the bureaucratic overlords at SA Health."
"I've been a person who has been very, very vocal about mandates, vaccine passports, discrimination, government overreach and bureaucratic overreach," Antic elaborated. "Now all of a sudden, I seem to have been singled out in what appears to be a political stunt. [The] only interference you can really draw from this is this has been quite premeditated."
Antic also told the radio host that because of the mandatory quarantine, his wife and three-month-old child will be staying at home for another two weeks without him. "I've been very clear about my medical history and medical care is a matter for myself and my family," he said.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he was surprised by Antic's forced quarantine. The prime minister said he thought Antic was fully vaccinated. "It was certainly my understanding that he'd been double vaccinated. I had discussed vaccinations and made it very clear that that's what I understood him to be, so I was surprised."
Morrison said the lawmaker "didn't correct" him over his vaccination status. While the Australian leader believes people should get the COVID-19 vaccine, he respects "other Australians about the choices they make." He said: "Senator Antic has made his choice and he's entitled to that choice." (Related: Australian PM: Don't demonize Aussies refusing COVID vaccines.)
Antic is not the only senator who has opposed the Australian government's tyrannical COVID-19 restrictions. His colleague, Queensland Senator Gerard Rennick, has also been a vocal opponent of COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
Back in October 2021, Rennick criticized vaccine mandates in a letter to Morrison. He urged Canberra to scrap vaccine mandates and indemnities for the different Australian states in his Oct. 29 letter. The lawmaker also called for a "fit and proper" compensation scheme for vaccine injury victims – with immediate payments and without the AU$5,000 ($3,549) cost threshold.
"Many victims have been unable to work and are facing economic [issues], as well as health issues, as a result of an adverse event from the [COVID-19] vaccine. Victims should not have to wait until next year to receive compensation and income support," Rennick wrote.
Rennick noted that children should be exempt from all COVID-19 mandates and called for the end of domestic travel restrictions – which he dubbed as "tyranny." He wrote: "No person in this country should be forced to lose their job because they don't want to take a COVID vaccine."
Furthermore, Rennick said that people who have suffered an adverse reaction after their first vaccine dose should be allowed to turn down the second. Not allowing them to do so was a "completely inhumane scenario," he added. (Related: Australian senator speaks out about vaccine injuries, says forcing a second shot is "inhumane".)
United Australia Party Leader Craig Kelly also expressed opposition toward COVID-19 vaccine mandates. During a November 2021 protest in Sydney, the member of parliament (MP) compared vaccine mandates to a prison camp where Australians live without freedom.
"If you live in a place where you only have your freedom given to you in exchange for some type of good behavior, you do not live in a society. You live in a prison camp," Kelly told anti-vaccine protesters.
The MP also called on Morrison to outlaw vaccine mandates across the country. "I hope the prime minister is watching this today, because he has the ability to go into that federal parliament … and ban vaccine passports in this country if he wanted to," Kelly said.
MedicalTyranny.com has more on Australia's draconian COVID-19 protocols.