Over ‘underhanded’ border tweet Lyle Shelton accused of wasting Queensland police money

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The former leader of the Australian Christian lobby boasted that by crossing the border into NSW, he escaped ‘CCP virus police’
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By tweeting about a “stealth run” across the New South Wales border, the police minister and Queensland police chief blamed former Australian Christian Lobby chief Lyle Shelton for diverting money. Shelton posted on Twitter on Saturday night about a “stealth run across the border and back,” boasting that he had bypassed the “CCP [Chinese Communist Party] virus police.” The border of Queensland is now restricted to anybody in Greater Sydney and nearby areas who has been in covid hotspots in the past 14 days. Police Minister Mark Ryan said Shelton may have created uncertainty over what is permitted at the border. Secretary of Police Mark Ryan said Shelton might have caused uncertainty about what is permissible at the border. “It not only diverts police resources, it creates a sense of confusion in the community about certain actions,” he said. “There’s a saying here: it’s better for people to think you’re an idiot than to open their mouths and confirm it.” After the police in Queensland said Sunday that they were investigating Shelton’s movements, he said on Twitter that he was happy to justify his run from Coolangatta to the Tweed along the coast: “There were no checkpoints for joggers, walkers or lizards,” he said. Katarina Carroll, Queensland Police Commissioner, said the tweet by Shelton was “disappointing” and called his behavior a bad attempt at humor. “He can cross the border, I understand he has a G-pass, so it was just a funny tweet that doesn’t really end up being funny,” she said Monday. “We want people to move freely, do their exercises, do the right thing and not brag about it on Twitter. You’re just taking resources away from other places.”

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