Queensland’s local government elections are going ahead this weekend, despite tight restrictions on social gatherings amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although the advice is to practice social distancing to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, the Electoral Commission of Queensland insisted Saturday’s election was still going ahead on the advice from the Chief Health Officer.
It is still compulsory to vote, and Queenslanders who do not do so risk a $133 fine.
The Queensland government’s response to criticism about local elections taking place on Saturday. Post continues below video.
The decision has been called “downright dangerous” by Today host Allison Langdon.
“This is something I cannot believe this morning,” she said on air.
“Queensland is pressing ahead with tomorrow’s local council elections. This is at a time when we are pleading with people, ‘Stay home, limit…