Queensland’s LNP government has proposed an alternative to Labor’s Cross River Rail project, which it hopes will improve traffic travel times across Brisbane.
Under the LNP proposal, a tunnel will run under George Street’s parliamentary precinct and beneath the Brisbane River.
Although the exact details remain secret, sources within the government say that the tunnel will be linked to a secret passageway built beneath Parliament House by former premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen at the suggestion of visiting Romanian head of state, Nicolae Ceaușescu. The tunnel proper would then extend to the bayside suburb of Cleveland, allowing LNP members uninterrupted access to a fleet of escape boats should the Queensland people turn against them.
Transport Minister Scott Emerson has stressed that no final decision had been made about the tunnel. He also denied that the government was planning to resurrect the controversial $2.5 billion Cleveland Solution.
“The Cleveland Solution – which was never official LNP policy – was to exterminate everyone in the eastern suburbs of Brisbane, thus alleviating traffic congestion. The proposed plan would help save people’s lives, which is a completely different thing.”
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