Hillsong Newcastle youth camp NSW: Jacqui Lambie fumes over footage of event


Jacqui Lambie has blasted Hillsong after footage emerged of a wild event throughout a NSW ban on singing and dancing.

Jacqui Lambie has lambasted Hillsong over a Newcastle youth camp the place lots of of younger folks had been singing and dancing maskless regardless of a statewide ban.

Senator Lambie mentioned the evangelical group had been “not special”and has known as for them to be “slapped down”.

NSW outlawed dancing and singing at nightclubs, pubs, bars and leisure amenities amid a spike in Covid-19 infections throughout the state, however church buildings had been allowed to go forward with giant spiritual gatherings.

Footage emerged from Hillsong’s youth “Wildlife Summercamp 2022” on Thursday, which confirmed younger folks in a big crowd singing and dancing, with some shirtless or on one another’s shoulders whereas top-40 music performs loudly.

Hillsong has defended itself, saying the event was following “strict Covid procedures and adhering to government guidelines”.

But Senator Lambie is outraged.

“This is a music festival no doubt. No doubt it will also top off with a super spreader,” Senator Lambie advised Today on Friday.

“Newcastle had a super spreader (event in December) go around from a nightclub. What is the difference? Because they don’t have a drink in their hand?

“Are you kidding me?”

Senator Lambie mentioned Hillsong must be “slapped down today” and cop a advantageous.

“Nobody gets anything special through Covid, nobody. This has got to stop,” she mentioned.

“I tell you what, give them the fines, teach them a lesson once and for all.

“Just because you are Hillsong, you are not special.”

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard launched a press release on Thursday, saying Hillsong had been advised to “immediately stop singing and dancing” on the youth camp event.

“While the (Public Health) Order does not apply to religious services, it does apply to major recreation facilities, and this event is clearly in breach of both the spirit and intent of the Order, which is in place to keep the community safe,” Mr Hazzard mentioned.

NSW Police have dominated out fining the organisers of the youth camp, regardless of Mr Hazzard labelling the event a “breach”.

“NSW Police will liaise with organisers to ensure future compliance with the public health orders after NSW Health deemed the location to be a major recreational facility,” a NSW Police spokesperson mentioned.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet weighed in on Friday morning’s press convention, saying he had been “completely shocked” to see the footage.

“I echo the frustration and anger that people right across the state has felt,” he mentioned.

“Many people have had to change their behaviour to keep people safe. Now, we made those rules and even if technically, it was within the rules, it certainly wasn’t in the spirit of the rules.

“Now, I understand that Hillsong are ensuring that that doesn’t occur again. But I was extremely disappointed, these rules aren’t there for the sake of it.”

Australian music heavyweights voiced their anger when footage emerged of the live performance on Thursday, with rapper Illy saying the scenario was “absolutely f***ed”.

Restrictions have put the music business on its knees.

The guidelines have resulted in a spate of cancellations and postponements, together with Grapevine Gathering pageant, Tamworth’s Country Music pageant, and nationwide excursions by worldwide acts like Belinda Carlisle and Rod Stewart.

Australian band The Jungle Giants, who had been resulting from headline Grapevine Gathering, tweeted “Thinking about starting a church in NSW so we can play some gigs. Who’s in?”

Hillsong launched a press release on Thursday, saying the event was “not similar to a music festival in any way”.

“Outdoor Christian services are held during the camp, but these are only a small part of the program, and any singing is only a small part of each service,” it mentioned.

“Our camps involve primarily outdoor recreational activities including sports and games. We follow strict Covid procedures and adhere to government guidelines.”

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