Protesters against South Australian council’s ‘Big Brother’ tech invoke Liberal Alex Antic’s video

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The South Australian Liberal legislator Alex Antic says helium has “nothing to do” with a radical that has distributed flyers with his representation to beforehand a protestation against a section council’s usage of “Big Brother technology” to make an “open-air prison”.

The No Smart Cities Action Group (Noscag) is encouraging radical to amusement up to a Salisbury assembly gathering adjacent week to reason the usage of astute metropolis technology, which is utilized for purposes specified arsenic notifying assembly workers erstwhile bins request to beryllium emptied oregon toilets cleaned.

The flyer includes QR codes linking to videos featuring Antic, including 1 released successful December successful which Antic claims the authorities authorities could usage astute metropolis infrastructure to enforce “climate emergency” actions, specified arsenic targeting radical if a “climate lockdown” was imposed.

Antic said: “I americium alert of the Noscag radical but that is the grade of my cognition of what they are doing.”

He told the ABC helium had asked the radical to region references to him from its flyers.

Last week protesters claiming clime enactment would restrict their state allegedly tried to tempest the Onkaparinga assembly chamber, earlier constabulary were called and the gathering was cancelled. Councillors said there was “disruptive and assertive behaviour”, with radical being shoved and verbally abused, the ABC reported. It is unclear who organised that protest.

The Salisbury mayor, Gillian Aldridge, told the ABC connected Tuesday tens of thousands of pamphlets had been delivered successful the area, “encouraging everyone to travel to the assembly meeting, which is truly rather frightening”.

“I’m acrophobic for the information of my assembly and my staff,” she said.

Smart cities were astir improving residents’ prime of life, she said, calling the “Big Brother” conception “ridiculous”.

A spokesperson for SA Police said they would show adjacent week’s protest.

Similar claims have been made astir a assembly successful the UK, with societal media users claiming physics gates would beryllium placed connected cardinal roads, confining residents to their neighbourhoods arsenic portion of a alleged clime lockdown. But the assembly said determination would beryllium nary physics gates, and said cipher would beryllium confined to their neighbourhood oregon not allowed to drive.

In the December video, Antic claimed without grounds determination was a “bigger, badder future” that came with the exertion utilized successful astute cities.

He utilized the illustration of exertion successful the Unley assembly country which allows radical to cheque the availability of nationalist barbecues and car parks.

“Let’s presume successful a satellite not acold from present your authorities has declared a clime exigency – by the mode your authorities has done it already successful SA, which is simply a lunatic nonsense, it’s conscionable perfectly crazy,” helium said.

“Imagine you’re successful a clime lockdown and you’re told nary 1 tin barbecue nutrient due to the fact that you’re redeeming the satellite … And you travel down present to usage 1 of the barbecues, it works retired who’s down here, works retired someone’s utilizing the barbecue and the constabulary travel down to halt you.

“You privation to instrumentality a heavy dive into your dystopian aboriginal nether the integer surveillance state.”

South Australia has declared a clime emergency, but it has not imposed a “climate lockdown” oregon banned nationalist barbecues. The Unley mayor, Michael Hewitson, said the assembly published each the information it gathered successful the sanction of transparency, and determination was thing “nasty and sneaky” going on.

Grant Harrison, a spokesperson for Noscag, was incapable to hole a effect earlier publication.

The bureau of the national Liberal leader, Peter Dutton, has been contacted for comment.

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