Federal Labor ‘distancing’ itself from Qld Premier’s comments

There’s now a divide in the Labor Party of the Queensland Premier’s hesitancy to reopen the state even at an 80 per cent vaccination rate.

Annastacia Palaszczuk’s come under fire this week for explosive comments around children under 12 being ‘vulnerable’ to the virus if we open up.

She then posted on social media yesterday stating that 2,240 Australians would die every month once we eventually let the virus take over.


Deputy Labor Leader Richard Marles appeared on The Today Show this morning, where he was questioned about the recent string of comments, and Ms Palaszczuk’s apparent plan to separate from the national pathway.

“I would be distancing myself from the comments of Annastacia, is the honest answer to that question,” Richard Marles said.

“We need to be following the health advice when it comes to the impact and who we should be vaccinating when.

“We don’t want to be spending an extra day in lockdown.

“But at the end of the day, you can understand why states that don’t have covid want to stay in that situation.

“And we want to see the Prime Minister actually getting the country on a plan, on the same page, so that we can get to the other side of this,” he said.

“I mean, we need to be following the health advice. It is not abandoning Annastacia.

“I think you can understand state Premiers standing up for their states. That’s what they’re elected to do.

“But at the end of the day, we need a national interest here,” Mr Marles told Today.

It comes as all states and territories prepare to meet for National Cabinet today, with discussions to also focus on the national reopening plan.

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