Queensland’s first Quarantine Camp, Wellcamp, opened last month.

The 1000 bed compound is owned by the billionaire Wagner family, who constructed it alongside their giant air terminal outside Toowoomba.

All we’ve been told is that the Wagners built and own the facility, and the government will be leasing it from them on a ‘year-by-ear’ basis.

That’s it – the rest is all ‘commercial-in-confidence’.

The Audit office has asked for more information on the facility’s costs and leasing arrangements, but whether the public will be privy to any of the details is doubtful.

One thing the Government has let slip, is that it paid $48.8 million of taxpayers’ monies, towards the construction cost.

Seems a lot for something the State won’t own – and may only use a year!

According to John Wagner, the government did it “to reduce their rent”.

Really? Makes you wonder how much the rent is, if it takes a $48 million investment just to “reduce” it a bit.

Wellcamp is unfortunately, not the only prison camp being built to “keep us safe”.

There’s also Pinkenba, constructed on the 30-hectare site of an old Army Base, behind Brisbane Airport.

Conveniently, it is just a ‘hop, skip and a jump’ from the new Port facility being built by its billionaire owners – the Wagner Family again.

The Wagners’ new port will be perfect for bringing people in by boat and transiting them on to the new 1000 bed Camp – a mere 2-minutes away?

Even so, it is hard to imagine any “international traveller”, vaccinated or unvaccinated, being willing to stay in either of these two camps – much less PAY for the privilege.

The government is euphemistically calling them “hubs”, and their units, “quarantine dongas”.

Makes them sound kind of ‘fun’, tropical even, but they are neither.

All the rooms are completely sealed off, with double-glazed unbreakable windows, and mysterious pipes going every which way.

The walls, floor and ceiling, are infested with strange high-tech gizmos, the purpose of which is unclear.

And tucked away in the roof of each unit’s entrance, is a set of steel roller-doors, which can be rolled down and locked from the outside.

These are not quarantine ‘dongas’.

They are prison cells.

At least Canada, which is building similar camps, has the decency to be half-way honest about their purpose.

Officials in Quebec City stated last year that Canada’s camps would be used to isolate those who were “uncooperative”.

Here in Queensland, it’s becoming less a question of WHETHER the government will try and lock people up for defying their rules and mandates, but WHEN.

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