It looks like Queensland could soon be getting its own
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.”