Sky News Australia – Oct 22, 2020
Sky News host Peter Gleeson says news Victoria Police will be using drones to spy on Melbourne footy fans on Saturday is confirmation that “poor Victorians are living in a police state”.
Victoria Police will be using drones and helicopters to spy on footy-mad Melburnians illegally celebrating Saturday’s AFL Grand Final.
The air wing and drone unit will be monitoring crowds at parks, beaches and other hot spots in Melbourne due to concerns footy fans will defy lockdown restrictions.
The metropolitan ‘ring of steel’ will also be bolstered and expanded to back roads.
“I think this is emblematic of just how badly Victoria is travelling at the moment,” Mr Gleeson told Sky News host Peta Credlin.
“Here you have got the greatest weekend of sport on the annual Victorian calendar, you’ve got the Cox Plate on Saturday and of course you’ve also got the AFL Grand Final.
“The AFL grand final is being played in another state for the first time in 100 odd years.
“The Cox plate, we’ve seen the imbroglio around that … but it’s also going basically without any spectators, that gives you an indication.
“The rest of the country are travelling pretty well.
“The poor Victorians are going to be spied on with this mob with drones, and handing out $5000 fines if you dare to go around to a mates house to watch the footy- ridiculous.”