The politician vying for Queensland’s top job has promised to make people even less free if they vote for her at the state’s upcoming election.
Queensland LNP leader Deb Frecklington said her party would impose a 6pm curfew for north Queenslanders and ensure everyone was in bed by 9pm with lights out by 9.15pm, if elected.
The policy was part of a range of new police state initiatives unveiled by the LNP yesterday to capitalise on the public’s appetite for tough restrictions imposed for no good reason by dictatorial state premiers.
Queensland premier Anastacia Palaszczuk is leading in the polls as voters look to reward her for implementing harsh rules in the fight against coronavirus.
Meanwhile, in Victoria, premier Daniel Andrews has enjoyed strong support for a draconian lockdown. And West Australian Premier Mark McGowan is likely to be re-elected after cutting voters off from the rest of the world for their own good.
Ms Frecklington, not wanting to be outdone, said she hoped to convince voters that the Queensland LNP could make people even less free.
People in Townsville and Cairns would be subject to curfews and strict bed times with fines of $250 issued to people “who are out of bed without a reasonable excuse”.
Under the plan, police would be given powers to go from house to house, checking if people were in bed.
“This is about making sure people are safely in bed and it’s based on science,” Ms Frecklington told reporters as she anxiously scanned the media pack to see if Peta Credlin was present.
“If you are out of bed then you will be marched straight back to bed so the community is kept safe.”
She said the strict 9.15pm lights out policy would help to reduce carbon emissions whilst, at the same time, demonstrating that the LNP was as adept as Labor at making pointless rules that violated people’s civil liberties.
She said ‘lights out’ might be put back to 10pm during holidays “if people obey the rules”.
“We will be guided by advice from the Queensland Chief Sadist Officer who is the expert when it comes to keeping people safe…ly locked up,” she said.
Ms Frecklington said the curfew was similar to one put in place in Victoria earlier this year but contained added measures to ensure people were not only indoors but in bed, and with the lights turned out.
“We want to do more than keep people safe, we want to tuck them in,” she said. “This is a nanny state where we literally are the nanny. Our private polling says it’s a winner with the public.
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