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Instead of a bedtime story, late last night NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian read the state a list of new rules and police powers to punish anyone leaving their house without a valid excuse.

NSW is not alone in its authoritarian push -- Victoria and Queensland have followed suit with a list of strict measures to keep people at home.

Draconian measures

Following Prime Minister Scott Morrison's announcement on Sunday night limiting gatherings from 10 people to two, states have acted to pass that rule into law.