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I said if people aren’t going to comply, we are going to crack down. Going to the beach with your mates is not on. We’ve seen strong action on this from New South Wales and Victoria. Our mayors will not hesitate to take similar action. So, final warning everyone.”

Annastacia Palaszczuk, whose decision to push ahead with a state-wide local election during a pandemic was one of the most idiotic made – so far – in the non-Chinese world.

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27 Responses to P

  1. Bdf

    With the growth rate of cases in QLD falling below 5% a day, and almost no community spread, this sort of rhetoric is at odds with the reality on the ground. Why was it ok to vote on Saturday but not visit the beach on Sunday? What changed in a day beside another decline in the growth rate of confirmed cases?

  2. jupes

    Well I hope the mayors will be in full regalia when they conduct their beach crackdowns.

  3. C.L.

    BDF, my guess is Queensland Police are feeling a little short in the trouser department as they watch their southern counterparts enjoy a jamboree of Stasi fun and games. You can bet your house on some ‘incident’ occurring in the next week that is run on television and which causes this stupid, mendacious woman to imitate Victoria and NSW.

  4. Rohan

    So Palacechook will fight them on the beaches.

  5. jupes

    So Palacechook will fight them on the beaches.

    Lol. Good one Rohan!

  6. C.L.

    So Palacechook will fight them on the beaches.

    Well, they’re all doing it, aren’t they? Obsessed with DA BEACHES!
    Hilarious – and, I have to tell you, Rohan – I intend to steal that at some point.

  7. Leo G

    I said if people aren’t going to comply, we are going to crack down.

    In the meantime, the cracking continues the other way.

  8. New Chum

    I believe the reason that the election went ahead was that the Labor had already spent a lot of money across Queensland with council elections and 2 byelections and if the elections never went ahead that money would have been lost.

  9. NoFixedAddress

    New Chum
    #3389092, posted on April 2, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    I believe the reason that the election went ahead was that the Labor had already spent a lot of money across Queensland with council elections and 2 byelections and if the elections never went ahead that money would have been lost.

    and I laughed and laughed and laughed

  10. Ubique

    Going to the beach with your mates is not on.

    Presumably Palacechook thinks it’s fine to go to the beach with casual acquaintances, enemies and Collingwood supporters.

  11. candy

    So Palacechook will fight them on the beaches.

    Are we ready for a Ms Palaszczuk in a bikini?

  12. Dr Faustus

    Somewhere a focus group has found that people are more likely to vote for a ‘tough on Virus’ politician.

  13. There’s one thing to come out of this that unfortunately won’t be used to advantage. Once all of this blows over and the true extent of following the advice of the so-called ‘experts’ becomes known, and we head for something possibly worse than the GFC, we could point this same ridiculous reliance on so-called experts when it comes to climate change.

  14. Suburban Boy

    Queensland’s butch law enforcement approach doesn’t apply to everyone. From today’s Oz (“Coronavirus: PNG villagers breaching travel ban to Torres Strait Islands”):

    Papua New Guinea villagers are breaching a ban on travel to the locked-down Torres Strait Islands, sparking fears they could bring the coronavirus to the vulnerable communities. …

    Torres Island Regional Council mayor Fred Gela said the Australian Border Force and Queensland police had, so far, been unable to stop the “flow of people into our communities’’ from PNG….

    Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles said he was concerned by the exposure of the Torres Strait and Cape York communities to coronavirus, and from those villagers coming from PNG.

    “We are aware of these concerns,’’ he said. “Some of these people are coming for medical assistance and we have never turned them away.’’

    On February 20, Mr Gela and the disaster management committee agreed to ban movement between the Torres Strait and PNG. …

    Mr Gela said PNG villagers were getting around the ban by saying they needed medical ­assistance.

    Makes you wonder about our beloved leaders (not for the first time): Whose side are they actually on?

  15. Fat Tony

    The Qld state government will come to their senses and call off indefinitely the upcoming state elections/sarc

  16. Chris M

    Mr Gela said PNG villagers were getting around the ban by saying they needed medical ­assistance.

    So the people on the cruise ships could just hop on canoes? Or it’s the appearance that determines entry? If they claim to be sick cannibals who are we to question…

  17. John Brumble

    What on earth are you talking about, Fat Tony? Of course they’ll call off the Queensland State Elections. Labor are already in power.

  18. Luke

    Local governments’ jurisdiction ends at the water line on the beaches in Queensland, except for being able to charge rates to marinas.

  19. John Brumble

    Or did I miss an extra level of snark? Although, I think my point stands – that’s exactly what they’ll do and exactly how they’ll pose it.

  20. John Comnenus

    Don’t even give them the idea that they can delay elections. Interestingly there does not seem to be a spike in cases due to the mass participation in an election. Seems like it undercuts some of the disaster porn catastrophe modelling narrative being pedalled by all our Governments.

  21. Hay Stockard

    What really gets on my moobs is how capriciously these new embuggerances are being enforced

  22. Fat Tony

    John Brumble
    #3389166, posted on April 2, 2020 at 2:15 pm
    Or did I miss an extra level of snark? Although, I think my point stands – that’s exactly what they’ll do and exactly how they’ll pose it.

    Yep

  23. Suburban Boy

    Chris M and Hay Stockard:

    I posted this comment under the Oz story, and surprisingly the Oz censor let it through:

    A cynic might conclude that enforcement of the nation’s Covid-19 restrictions is weaker or stronger depending on the type of people subject to them.

  24. John A

    candy #3389115, posted on April 2, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    So Palacechook will fight them on the beaches.

    Are we ready for a Ms Palaszczuk in a bikini?

    Argh! Candy, no!! My imagination traumatized!! Argh!!

  25. Bruce

    Bikini Atoll, perhaps?

    I’m sure their number crunchers are keeping a close eye on the toll from the disease and all other causes.

    That way, they can ensure that all who have demised can emerge briefly, and do their democratic duty.

    As the old joke goes:

    “My Grandad always voted Country or Liberal party for his entire life.

    Since he died, he seems to vote straight Labor.

  26. Tim Neilson

    Interestingly there does not seem to be a spike in cases due to the mass participation in an election.

    Too early to tell John. There’s an incubation period of about two weeks before symptoms show.

    And anyway, if swathes of people do get sick, it will be because they went within 20 miles of a gun shop.

  27. rickw

    Torres Island Regional Council mayor Fred Gela said the Australian Border Force and Queensland police had, so far, been unable to stop the “flow of people into our communities’’ from PNG….

    Australian Government is unable to do anything unless it involves sticking to boots into Australian’s.

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