All eyes will be on the Queensland Premier today, as she prepares to announce the future of the controversial border closures.
It’s hoped that our state roadmap plan of reopening the borders on July 10 will still go ahead, but the situation in Victoria has threatened to change that.
The southern state is in the midst of a second wave of coronavirus, recording double digit case increases daily for over a week now.
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75 cases were recorded yesterday alone, it’s biggest increase in three months.
But, the Prime Minister is still hopeful that Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will stick to her July 10 commitment, saying yesterday it’s just unfair to Queenslanders to keep them closed any longer.
“The people who would be the biggest losers from that border not opening up are the people of Queensland,” Scott Morrison said at a press conference yesterday.
“The people of Queensland need their economy to re-fire and re-surge, there are Queenslanders who aren’t in jobs which need their borders open,” he said.
Federal Member for McPherson Karen Andrews says businesses have suffered enough and need answers now.
“The Premier can’t keep kicking the can down the road, today’s the day that Annastacia Palaszczuk has to give certainty to Gold Coast businesses, who’ve suffered far too long under her border closure and lack of certainty,” Minister Andrews said.
Meantime a fresh poll by Nine has found that a whopping 76 percent of Queenslanders now want the borders kept closed due to what’s happening down south.
The Queensland Premier locked in today at the decision day during a press conference over the weekend, flagging that officials are extremely concerned with what’s happening in Victoria.
“First and foremost, there is national concern about the situation in Victoria, we’re sending assistance, I know other states are sending assistance, and Victoria has responded very quickly and everyone is trying to get on top of those cases of community transmission,” the Premier said.
“That’s a really important issue because we don’t want a second wave and we don’t want that community transmission here.
“But, having said that, we are going to give everything serious consideration and the Chief Health Officer will be providing the Government with her advice and we will be taking on that advice.
“So lets not preempt anything, but I also know there is a meeting happening today nationally looking at whats happening in Victoria, so it is something that people are concerned about,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
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