Double donut day in Qld as Morrison issues border plea

Some good news on the COVID-19 front in Queensland today, with no new local cases detected in the past 24 hours.

No new infections have been picked up in hotel quarantine either, from more than 8022 tests.

It comes as the Prime Minister today set the target for when all state borders should reopen, pleading for all Premiers to do so by Christmas.


Speaking to Weekend Sunrise, Scott Morrison said there was no reason for borders to remain closed once the national 80 per cent vaccination target is achieved.

“So that puts a heavy responsibility on those who would seek to prevent that from happening,” Mr Morrison said.

“It’s important that we do move forward. We can’t stay in second gear… We’ve got to get to top gear in living with the virus, that’s where we need to be.

“My message is to Australians, that what I’d like them to have for Christmas is their lives back, and that’s within the gifts of Governments.”

At this stage, Queensland and Western Australia appear to be the only state’s refusing to commit to the national plan of reopening at 80 per cent.

“I think that puts the big challenge on the Premiers, I mean, they’ve had the power to do what they’ve been doing… They’re not new powers, they’ve always had them,” Mr Morrison said.

“But there comes a time when you’ve got to honour the arrangement you’ve made with the Australian people, and that is when you get to 80 per cent vaccination, it’s very clear that you can start opening up,” the PM continued.

“Of course there are sensible common sense things we will still need to do to live with the virus.

“But there comes a time when you’ve just got to move on and get on with it.”