Premier flags potential border decision within weeks

A decision on when Queensland’s borders may reopen to the whole country could be made early next month.

The Sunshine State remains shut off to residents from New South Wales, the ACT and Victoria.

Premier Annastacia Palaszcuk has so far refused to commit to a reopening timetable despite an agreement at National Cabinet that border walls would come down when vaccination rates hit 80 per cent.


The Premier indicated this week that Queensland’s borders would “not necessarily” open even once the state did reach 80 per cent double-dosed.

But she has now flagged a decision could be made within weeks.

“There will be another National Cabinet meeting next month, and we hope to be in a position then, but we will open when it’s safe to do so,” the Premier told reporters on Friday.

“We’re looking very closely at what’s happening in New South Wales and Victoria.

“I note there was some easing of restrictions in New South Wales. Their vaccination rates are going up quite steadily, which is great.

“But you know, it’s very concerning, with more than 1,800 cases in Victoria today, so we really want to see the vaccination rates right across the country.”

The next National Cabinet meeting is scheduled to take place on November 5.

It’s hoped by then Queensland will have reached 70 per cent double vaccination.

The state is predicted to hit 80 per cent double vaccination by early December.

Health Minister Yvette D’ath says the timing of any border reopening comes down to Queenslanders doing the right thing.

“If people want to see the borders open there is one thing you can do, that is in your control and your control only and that is getting vaccinated,” Ms D’ath said.

“The more people that get vaccinated the safer our community is to be able to open up the borders.”