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It has been fascinating to watch how different countries have dealt with the Covid-19 pandemic. Some nations have been nothing short of inspirational while the responses of others, the United States…
It has been fascinating to watch how different countries have dealt with the Covid-19 pandemic. Some nations have been nothing short of inspirational while the responses of others, the United States among them, have been disastrous.

Especially in democratic countries, these responses represent a profound turning point, the impact of which will be felt for decades in Australia and throughout the world.

In a nutshell, this timely book, published by the nimble Brisbane-based Connor Court, addresses the dramatic impact of recent governmental measures on our fundamental rights, particularly freedom of movement and association, freedom of speech and expression, as well as the putative right to privacy. Importantly, it also focuses on how, in the future, we might best protect our fundamental freedoms.

Ably edited by Dr Augusto Zimmermann and Joshua Forrester, Fundamental Rights in the Age of Covid-19 is a special edition of the Western Australian Jurist, a yearly peer-reviewed academic publication of the Western Australian Legal Theory Association ('WALTA').

As it happens, Augusto Zimmermann is not only WALTA president, but editor-in-chief of the Western Australian Jurist. The book's coeditor, Joshua Forrester, has written extensively on the subject of freedom of speech and the implied constitutional freedom of political communication.

While in their helpful introduction, and throughout the book, the editors use the term Covid-19, they have allowed other contributors to refer to SARS-CoV-2 as they wish. Some authors refer to coronavirus and others to the Wuhan virus, which suggests a political agenda to some degree. We're still not sure if Wuhan actually was ground zero, but that's a matter for another day.

Dr Zimmermann and Joshua Forrester have gathered a fine list of contributors to address the dramatic impact of recent governmental measures and how best to protect fundamental rights and freedoms.

Of the many impressive contributions to this seminal book of…
Ross Fitzgerald, John Simpson, Caroline Di Russo, James Macpherson, Peter Chapman, Robert F Kennedy, James Allan, Kevin Andrews, Maurice Newman, Michael Baume
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