Queensland Liberal National Party leader Deb Frecklington finds suggestions her youth curfew plan is racist "deeply offensive", saying she represents an Indigenous community and her husband works with Indigenous people.
The LNP will trial a night curfew for teenagers in Townsville and Cairns for six months if it's elected to state government on October 31.
Under the plan, which is aimed at reducing crime, teens still out after curfew will be arrested by police and taken to community centres.
They will be held there until picked up by family members, with parents slapped with a $250 fine each time one of their children is caught outside.
Ms Frecklington says the policy isn't racist or aimed at any particular group.
The LNP leader said she represents the Indigenous community of Cherbourg, while her husband works in Indigenous communities training juvenile offenders.
"I find it offensive that people think that this is a racism issue. This is a juvenile crime issue and it doesn't go across race."
Ms Frecklington came up with the plan after holding numerous crime forums since 2017.
She said police in her electorate support the curfew policy as well as other officers across Queensland.
"I come from the South Burnett - my local coppers love this policy. In fact, they've asked for it to be extended," Ms Frecklington said.
Questions about the curfew policy overshadowed the LNP's pledge of $20 million superyacht maintenance hub on the Gold Coast, and $33 million for an Advanced Design and Prototyping Technologies Institute at Griffith University.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she doesn't understand the LNP curfew plan.
But she again avoided passing her own judgment on the policy, while announcing a $1500 pandemic leave payment in Brisbane.
"I understand the police don't like it. I understand community organisations don't like it," the premier told reporters.
"She needs to explain how it would work (and) how this thought bubble came about."
Meanwhile, Deputy Premier Steven Miles claimed the LNP were making deals with One Nation leader Pauline Hanson.
"Pauline Hanson is just like the LNP only in orange," he told reporters.
Ms Frecklington denied his claim, saying she wanted to lead a strong LNP majority government.
Senator Hanson arrived in Rockhampton, in a semi-trailer splashed in the party's bright orange livery. One Nation is targeting two marginal Labor seats in the city.
"It puts out a clear message that we're not just a minor party in this whole thing, we're a game player and possibly a game-changer," Pauline Hanson said.
The Greens promised to set up 200 medical clinics to give Queenslanders free healthcare including GP consultations.
They said their plan would cost $5.5 billion over four years and be funded by increasing mining royalties.
The Katter's Australian Party also promised to introduce new laws forcing restaurants and food outlets to label the origin of their produce.
Queenslanders go to the poll on October 31.
Australian Associated Press