Morrison offers to foot the bill for new Qld quarantine facility

It looks like Queensland could soon be getting its own purpose-built quarantine facility, but it won’t be in Toowoomba.

The Federal Government has offered to pay for a new quarantine hub in the sunshine state in a bid to help get Australians still stranded overseas home sooner and to prevent outbreaks spreading from the city’s quarantine hotels.

It’s understood Prime Minister Scott Morrison penned a letter to Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk overnight to try and end their bitter battle over regional quarantine.


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Ms Palaszczuk has been pushing for a quarantine facility at Wellcamp Airport in Toowoomba, but the proposal has continually been knocked back by the Prime Minister as no international flights land there.

According to the Courier Mail, the new facility would be based at the Damascus Barracks at Pinkenba, near Brisbane Airport.

Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Richard Marles, has told the Today Show the offer has come “way too late”.

“The fact of the matter is that what this identifies is that the government does actually realise that hotel quarantine is not fit for purpose,” he said.

“Failed quarantine has exposed the whole country to risk. We have seen 25 breaches of hotel quarantine. That’s one every two weeks. There are clearly holes in the system.”

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INSTEAD OF THIS CONTINUING SAGA HOW ABOUT REPORTING ON SOME TRUTH THAT SCOTT MORRISON DOESNT WANT AUSTRALIA TO KNOW

Last edited 1 month ago by Jamey

Won’t be good enough for the QLD pollies who have invested heavily in Wellcamp shares in Toowoomba.

We can’t cure the common cold, we can’t vaccinate against all strains of the flu. 35 years on, still no vaccine for aids.
What makes them think they will ever have a vacation for COVID-19 that keeps changing. Learn to live with it as the governments are destroying the world.

So what is your plan? Open up and just let it rip? It has killed millions, 600,000 in the U.S., 500,000 in Brazil, so what is your approach if you think vaccines are a waste of time?

Truth is the vaccines have been highly effective, and probably account for much of the drop in cases in the U.S. and UK for example, and places like Israel where they have vaccinated nearly everyone are doing better as well.

Pinkenba would service both the airport and the cruise ship terminal. It’s a no brainer, build it!