It’s a happy Friday in Queensland, with the state recording another day of no new cases of coronavirus.
There are eight virus cases still considered active in the state.
It comes as the Queensland Premier today hinted at a possible reopening to Victoria by Christmas, if the southern state continues its streak of zero community transmission.
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“What is encouraging is the results we are seeing in Victoria,” Annastacia Palaszczuk told reporters on Friday.
“And as they open up more we will be watching that very closely over the next couple of weeks.”
Ms Palaszczuk again reiterated that Queensland’s tough border measures will be reviewed at the end of the month only, but
“It’s in our roadmap to look at NSW and Victoria at the end of the month,” she said.
“What the High Court has decided today is that the strong border measures are constitutional and they have kept Queenslanders safe.”
The Premier admitted that the border closure is a “very distressing situation for many families”, but stood firm on her and Dr Young’s decision to keep Victoria and Sydney locked out.
“I understand how it’s impacting them, but you can only open up when it is safe… So it is going to be very important to look over the next few weeks as Victoria opens up more, is there any community transmission,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“They’re coming out of lockdown… They’re not moving around freely like we are in Queensland, they’re not at that stage.
“So one step at a time – And let me make it very clear to everybody out there in Queensland, we will listen to the advice of Chief Health Officer Dr Young.”
The Premier also defended her controversial State of Origin text message sent to NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.
Ms Berejiklian yesterday revealed she had tried to get in contact with her Queensland counterpart to discuss the borders, but claimed Ms Palaszczuk refused to answer her calls and texts, apart from sending through a text message which simply read ‘Queenslander’ following the Maroons win.
“I’m always happy to speak to Gladys,” Ms Palaszczuk said today when quizzed about the issue.
“She has my phone number… But it’s a bit misleading for her to go and tell the media she’s phoned me when she did not phone me.
“If you can’t have a bit of fun with State of Origin… every NSW and QLD premier has had bets and talked about the State of Origin and obviously NSW was a little bit upset the mighty Maroons won.”