‘Sovereign citizens’ share bizarre Steve Irwin conspiracy

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A bizarre video has surfaced online of ‘sovereign citizens’ alluding to an ominous Steve Irwin conspiracy theory during a stunt outside Government House.

The movement of sovereign citizens has gained traction recently in Australia and is used to describe those who essentially claim they are “immune” from the law and believe that it doesn’t apply to them.

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However, in a recent video posted to Facebook two people are overheard hinting at some bizarre theories behind the late Crocodile Hunter and the Queensland widlife park he founded, Australia Zoo.

The video showed two people kayaking on Canberra’s Molonglo River out front of Government House, as two others, a man and woman, have a conversation by the riverbed about Irwin — who was killed by a stingray in 2006.

The man and woman named on Twitter as Vicki and Corey then yell out to kayakers that there are “Steve Irwins” on the other side of the river.

“They are either Steve Irwins or they are military. They might be Steve Irwins,” they say.

“At first I thought it was military, but it might be a couple of Steve Irwin’s groundskeepers.

“Steve Irwin lookalikes. I don’t think Steve Irwin would show his face there.”

It is not known exactly what Corey is referring to when referring to ‘Steve Irwins’, however he states: ”I am not going there … let’s just say may he rest in peace.”

A bizarre video has surfaced online of ‘sovereign citizens’ alluding to an ominous Steve Irwin conspiracy theory during a stunt outside Government House. Credit: Twitter/Ken_Behren
When Dan returns to land he is met by two ACT Police officers who arrest him for breaching bail conditions. Credit: Twitter/Ken_Behren

“Absolutely,” Vicki replies, before Corey states Irwin was the 17th person “ever to be killed by a stingray”.

Things get even more bizarre, however, when the man adds “And the shape of Australia Zoo is in a Q. Nothing to see here folks.”

“Nothing to see here, just coincidence,” Vicki replies.

The suggestions could be a reference to QAnon, a far-right conspiracy theory that shares strange beliefs about who controls politics and the media.

Other videos posted to social media revealed one of the men on the kayaks, referred to as Dan, was under bail conditions meaning he cannot be within 200 metres of Government House.

However, when Dan returns to land he is met by two ACT Police officers who arrest him for breaching bail conditions.

Footage of the arrest showed Dan claim he didn’t “touch any land” near Government House and just went out into the river to kayak before turning around.

The man and woman named on Twitter as Vicki and Corey then yell out to kayakers that there are “Steve Irwins”. Credit: Twitter/Ken_Behren

“Are you aware your bail conditions is not to be within 200 meters of a Government House,” the police officer asks.

The bizarre footage comes a week after an officer ripped out the car window of another “sovereign citizen” when she refused to get out of her car.

The woman was pulled over in Coffs Harbour, NSW, last Wednesday but refused to co-operate with police who asked for her name and driver’s licence.

The officer told the woman she was stopped for driving without registration.

Later checks found the registration of the car expired last July.

She was arrested and charged with several offences before being bailed, and is due to appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court on Thursday.

Experts explain

Southern Cross University Dean of Law David Heilpern explained sovereign citizens essentially claim they are “immune” from the law.

“By declaring themselves separate from the law they believe it doesn’t apply to them,” he told 7NEWS.com.au.

“And many of these people separate themselves from the law by simply saying they don’t consent.

“I find it really strange.”

Heilpern said, however, there are varying levels to which people believe in this ideology.

“Some people just want to challenge the law and question things, which can certainly be a good thing,” he said.

“However, at the other end … it is very dangerous, because it’s essentially a free for all.”

The trend seems to be growing, Heilpern added.

“I am guided by police commissioners who say these people are growing in numbers and are a real threat,” he said.

“And I think one of the reasons … is because of a disillusionment with the government, especially since COVID-19.

“People who are anti-vaccination or anti-mask have transferred that disillusionment to other ideologies and one of those is sovereign citizenship where they just think the law doesn’t apply to them.”

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