LNP slammed for ‘ganging up’ on Queensland’s border closures

The Queensland Premier is preparing for a barrage of attacks, when National Cabinet meets again today.

Border closures are tipped to dominate discussions once again, with pressure continuing to mount on the Sunshine State to relax restrictions with New South Wales.

Despite various other states having similar border measures in place, the Sunshine State continues to cop the brunt of criticism from federal politicians.


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Annastacia Palaszczuk admitted to reporters on Friday it had been taking a toll.

“I get out of bed every day and do my job but my family are very upset .. But I tell them to hang in there,” the Premier said.

“It is relentless. It is intimidating. But I will not be intimidated.”

Ms Palaszczuk continues to stick by her pledge to keep the border closures in place until Victoria and NSW got on top of their community transmission.

“I think it’s a bit disingenuous for this heightened criticism that is coming from a whole lot of levels when our fundamental concern is to look after Queenslanders and to make sure that they are safe during this time,” she said.

“There is a high risk, when there is an outbreak, of it going into our aged care homes. I do not want to see what has happened in our aged care sector in NSW and in Victoria happen here in Queensland.

“That would be a nightmare. These are people’s families.

“Victoria and NSW need to get everything under control then and them the whole country can open up. It’s a very simple.

She also defended her Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeanette Young, who makes most of the decision regarding the borders.

“I think what people are forgetting is the Chief Health Officers speak regularly and work through these issues. There is a lot of work what happens behind the scenes that the public don’t see.”

The Premier was also forced to defend the decision to allow hundreds of AFL officials into the state without having to go through the two-week hotel quarantine like everyone else.

Instead they will be able to enter the ‘AFL bubble’ at luxury hotels on the Gold Coast.

“Whoever won that grand final would have had the exact same restrictions put in place,” The Premier said.

“These were national agreements, agreed by the National Cabinet and the health professionals.

“It’s almost as if we’re being singled out because we won it.”

Earlier, Queensland Transport Minister Mark Bailey claimed the LNP was purposely ‘ganging up’ on state government, and are playing politics with a very serious issue.

“The Queensland LNP are collaborating with their federal LNP friends to gang up on Queensland, it’s not what people want to see,” Minister Bailey told myGC.

“The Premier’s been very strong on this, we’ll keep acting on the health advice, to protect Queenslanders and protect the economy.”

It follows criticism from NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, who said Queensland’s calls for NSW to go 28 days without a community transmission case before borders can re-open, was ‘too tall of an order’.

“I don’t know if we’ll ever get to that case, to that number. They’re (Qld) putting on a pretty big ask during a pandemic, and I’ll ask them to look closely at that,” Ms Berejiklian said.

State and territory leaders are now meeting once every fortnight at National Cabinet, to discuss issues around coronavirus throughout the country.

The Prime Minister is once again expected to heap pressure on those with harsh restrictions still in place, in the hopes of developing a more consistent, national approach.