Sydney has been divided into two cities according to “postcode privilege”, where one community is free and another is “stigmatized” and shut down.
Sydney has been transformed into “two classes of people” by rules that unfairly punish one region over another.
That is the opinion of Khal Asfour, the mayor of Canterbury-Bankstown, who is tired of seeing his constituents police stricter than those in more affluent suburbs like Bondi Beach.
He says he is “angry” and “frustrated” after seeing crowds flock to the beaches of the eastern suburbs in hot weather over the weekend, while members of his community were reportedly arrested for attending a funeral.
“People are arrested when they mourn. The other is going to sunbathe, ”he told the ABCs Q + A program Thursday night.
Cr Asfour referred to the additional lockout rules located at Canterbury-Bankstown and 11 other regions of Sydney where coronavirus cases had increased in recent weeks.
The eastern suburbs are still closed, but they have more freedoms.
“It’s about what’s going to happen … in the foreseeable future,” he said.
“We saw the pictures this weekend from Bondi and Coogee and the beaches of the eastern suburbs.
“When we are stuck at home and we have no hours of recreation, it makes my community frustrated. We are tired after 12 weeks of lockdown now.
“It shows you a double standard in the police. People (on the beach) did not wear masks, were not socially distant. But when someone in my community attends a funeral yesterday, wearing a mask, social distancing, they get arrested. ”
There were more than 10 people at the funeral, which Cr Asfour referred to, which is a violation of applicable lockdown rules.
‘They both violated the Health Order. One is arrested when they mourn, the other is going to sunbathe. It does not make sense, ”said Cr Asfour.
Linda Burney, shadow minister for families and social services, told the program she saw a tale of two cities.
“I definitely see two cities. And from what I hear from people – and I’ve had a lot of interaction with individuals, including Khal over the last week or so – there’s an absolute sense of two cities.
“One where you see people walking to the beach. And another where you have helicopters flying over you with loud speakers. And that is the reality.
“The other thing I hear a lot in our area is that people do not feel valued. There has been no recognition of the enormous efforts, including from the Islamic community, to counter covid.
“And I actually think the Prime Minister was absolutely tone deaf at the beginning of this to the multicultural nature of the area. And I just hope politics does not get into it. I really do. “
Health Minister Brad Hazzard defended the photos Saturday, declaring “fresh air is the safest place to be” after three months of locking people indoors.
“I know the media wants photographs today of people out and about, they tend to do that, but in general (the beach) is a safe place to be,” he said.
“No, I’m worried about people not being vaccinated.
Channel 10 reporter and media diversity founder Antoinette Lattouf wrote on social media: “If Gladys Berejiklian does not want to see an increase in civil disobedience, stop treating NSW citizens differently based on class and race.
“Mask-free crowds on Bondi against communities in red zone LGAs are fined if they do not wear a mask past their mailbox.”
NSW’s head of health Dr. Kerry Chant had a warning for beachgoers.
“I am aware that many people living in southwestern Sydney and western Sydney do not have access to (the beach) due to the restrictions,” she said on Sunday.
“So for me, it gives me some concern because I’re clearly asking a lot of people from southwest Sydney and western Sydney.
“I want to see that people really respect and they abide by the public health orders when they move. If they walk along the beach. But I did not want crowds, people who got involved, people socialized – that is not what we need at the moment. ”
– with Alex Blair
Originally released as Covid-19 and created ‘two classes of people’ in Australia