Premier Campbell Newman has confirmed that his LNP government may bring back convict labour in Queensland.
“Nothing is off the table,” said the Premier. “Queensland’s finances are in a mess. Anything that can help us turn the economy around is worth considering.”
Under a plan floated in state cabinet, most of the Queensland public service would be sacked and replaced by prisoners in the state’s corrections facilities, who would do the same jobs without pay.
The savings on wages alone would immediately erase most of the state’s budget deficit.
“It sounds radical,” said Mr Newman, “but Queensland has a proud history as a convict colony.”
“I’m all for preserving our important traditions. Whether it be the Queen’s Birthday public holiday or convicts working on buildings sites around Brisbane.”
Convict labour safe and efficient
Mr Newman stressed that dangerous convicts – such as murderers, child molesters and bikies – would not be part of any convict labour force.
The Premier also promised that the return to convict labour in Queensland would not disrupt government services.
“People forget that Queensland has some of the smartest white collar criminals in the world.”
“I’m confident that convicts can run our government departments even better than some of the so-called public servants appointed under Labor.”
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