The Queensland government may be forced to cover the cost of the border closure’s impact on the tourism sector, with the federal government hinting they won’t be helping out.
The Federal Tourism Minister has come out saying states shouldn’t expect any hand out to help them repair the effect caused by border closures.
It comes a week after Queensland re-closed its border to New South Wales, further denting our tourism economy.
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ACT and Victoria are also listed as hotspots, with no word on when the border restrictions are likely to lift.
Queensland authorities have even hinted the border crossings may become even stricter before they’re eased.
Meantime, the Northern Territory – which has managed to keep the coronavirus out so far – declared their borders won’t go back to normal for at least another 18 months.
The federal government has consistently said that border closures were not necessary, expect when it comes to Victoria.
Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham has told The Sydney Morning Herald that if states continue to keep unneccessary measures in place, the federal government won’t help foot the bill.
“State border restrictions need to be proportionate to the health risk and shouldn’t remain in place for one more day than they need to.
“If a state or territory border were to remain closed to a jurisdiction that had successfully suppressed the spread of COVID-19, then that state or territory government will need to be accountable to their tourism industry and will ultimately need to provide additional support,” Minister Birmingham said.