The Premier insists she “understands” the plight of Queensland businesses whose recovery is being hampered by prolonged border closures.
But Annastacia Palaszczuk insists she won’t be bringing forward any decisions on reopening the State.
It comes as Queensland records another day of no new coronavirus cases, with just three active cases across the State.
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The State Government has been accused of being out of touch with businesses across Queensland, especially on the Gold Coast, who are facing financial ruin while the border stays shut.
Government lawyers defending a High Court challenge to the border closure have refused to admit that the measure is causing financial hardship to businesses.
That’s further enraged people on the Gold Coast, with business leaders labelling the claim as “ludicrous”.
Annastacia Palaszczuk says she feels for those businesses, but the border will be staying shut at least until the end of June.
“We understand that businesses are doing it tough, I understand that, I speak to people regularly, they write in to me, they send emails, I’ve been there first hand,” The Premier said.
“We’re in Stage two, in Stage two it does not talk about interstate travel, I have made it absolutely clear that we’ll be looking at that at the end of the month as we enter stage three.”
The Premier says the slowdown in cases in New South Wales is good news, but not enough to convince her to reopen our borders.
“There is still some community transmission in Victoria, there are still some 360 active cases, but it is very encouraging that New South Wales is starting to see zero cases and of course, all of that will feed into national cabinet that meets on Friday then our clear decision making which will be made by the end of the month.”
Ms Palaszczuk also wouldn’t be drawn on what further restrictions could be eased next month or whether last weekend’s Black Lives Matter rally will see them postponed.
“My understanding is that national cabinet will of course look at the results across Queensland, we will also look at those results of the mass rallies that happened across the nation as well, and of course where we can ease further restrictions we will do so, and I think the end of the month gives us a really good signal, a really good point in time about how much further we can ease restrictions.”