It’s been revealed the state government has not done any modelling on how the Queensland border closures are effecting the economy.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has stood firm on the border closures at the advice of the Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young, despite already ‘smashing the curve’.
With just three active cases left in the state as of yesterday’s figures, the decision to keep the borders closed is gaining more and more attention, particularly from tourism businesses hoping to welcome interstate holidayers over the winter period.
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The Prime Minister Scott Morrison even pleaded with states to seriously consider the economic impact of the border closures just yesterday.
Newscorp has now uncovered that the state government hasn’t modelled the impact of the border closures, despite predictions that they could cost the tourism economy around $5 billion.
Gold Coast leaders have become particularly concerned, as Qantas and Jetstar begin boosting domestic flight services.
Yesterday, the airline announced around 300 services would be added each week as the country continues easing restrictions.
But none of those are headed for the Gold Coast, with the border closures blocking interstate routes, and the flights within Queensland only going as far south as Brisbane.
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The Queensland government isn’t expected to address borders again until the end of the month.