Former Christian Lobby boss Lyle Shelton smacked down for bragging about a ‘sneaky’ NSW border run

A conservative activist who bragged on social media about crossing the NSW-Queensland border has apologised after being chided by Queensland‘s police chief.

Former managing director of the Australian Christian Lobby, Lyle Shelton, posted on Twitter about a ‘sneaky run across the border and back’ on Saturday night.

After receiving criticism from Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll and Police Minister Mark Ryan on Monday, Mr Shelton apologised and said he didn’t intend to waste resources.

Religious activist Lyle Shelton apologised to police for wasting their time with a border stunt. He qualified his apology however by complaining his tweet had been blown out of proportion

Lyle Shelton (pictured) shared a selfie, claiming to have snuck into NSW from Queensland, avoiding police. He had a G-pass so he was allowed to cross – unlike the suggestion in his tweet

‘My solo jog seems to have received a disproportionate social media response compared to that of the tens of thousands who apparently breached Covid rules to protest at the height of the pandemic,’ he said in a tweet on Monday afternoon.

Ms Carroll described Mr Shelton’s actions as a poor attempt at humour.

‘He can cross the border, I understand he has a G-pass, so it was just a funny tweet, which in the end is not really that funny,’ she said on Monday.

‘We want people to freely move, do their exercise, do the right thing and not brag about it on Twitter.’

Mr Ryan said Mr Shelton had potentially created confusion about what was allowed on the border.

‘Not only does it divert police resources, but it also creates a sense of confusion in the community around certain actions,’ he said. 

Lyle Shelton, former Australian Christian Lobby managing director, claimed he made a ‘sneaky run’ across the border, avoiding police. Instead, he had a G-pass – so he was allowed to cross

The tweet prompted police to investigate Shelton’s claimed violation of the covid border rules 

One of the images Shelton shared after claiming to have snuck into NSW on Sunday during a jog

 Border declaration passes are needed for travellers to Queensland who have visited NSW since December 11 after recent coronavirus cases in Sydney.

Queensland’s border is also closed to anyone who has been in the COVID-declared hotspots of greater Sydney and surrounding areas in the past 14 days.

Queensland Police on Sunday replied to Mr Shelton’s initial tweet stating it was making inquiries, to which Mr Shelton tweeted he was happy to explain his run along the coast from Coolangatta to the Tweed.

‘There were no checkpoints for joggers, walkers or lizards,’ he said.


  • Western Australia – All NSW residents are banned from entering WA. Anyone who enters the state will be ‘sent back’, according to Premier Mark McGowan. 
  • Victoria – A hard border has been put up, with the entire state of NSW declared a red zone. If people cross into Victoria before 11.59pm on New Year’s Eve, they must self- isolate until they test negative. If they enter before 11.59pm on New Year’s Day, they must self-isolate for 14 days regardless of test results. If they cross into the state after January 1, they must spend two weeks in mandatory hotel quarantine.
  • Northern Territory – The state has declared greater metropolitan Sydney as a Covid-19 hotspot, and travellers will need to undergo 14 days of supervised quarantine.
  • South Australia – Harder border closure to all NSW residents from midnight on New Year’s Eve. Returning South Australians must quarantine for 14 days. A 100km border buffer zone, including Broken Hill and Wentworth, will be exempt.
  • Queensland – Queensland has shut its borders to Greater Sydney, Wollongong and the Central Coast. Locals returning to the Sunshine State from a hotspot must isolate. 
  • ACT – Anyone travelling to the ACT from a Covid-19 hotspot in NSW will now require an exemption. People from Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Greater Sydney, the Central Coast and Wollongong will not be legally permitted to enter the ACT without a valid pass from midday on Saturday January 2.
  • Tasmania – Northern Beaches residents banned. All people from Greater Sydney must also quarantine upon entry.  

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