The Queensland Government is set to announce a date to reopen its borders following a meeting of national cabinet.
States have been under increasing pressure to resume interstate travel to help the country’s economic recovery.
The closure of the state’s borders has cost tourism hubs like the Gold Coast billions of dollars.
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After previously stating Queensland’s borders might not reopen until September, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said this week that she always intended to open the State in July.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison today gave the States a blunt warning that they would not be allowed to resume international flights while their state borders remained closed.
“I made clear to the states and territories today, if someone can’t come to your state from Sydney, then someone can’t come to your state from Singapore,
“If you want to open up borders for international students, then you have to open up borders for Australians.”
The Prime Minister has preempted an announcement by the Queensland government by confirming the Premier had agreed to give a date for the reopening of borders.
“I welcome the decision by the Queensland Government to nominate a date for the opening of that border in Queensland, that is welcome.
“We had a very open discussion about those issues today, the three-step process is very clear it was a very constructive discussion. I anticipate states will be working through those decisions in the next few weeks and they’ll come to their own conclusions
“But what is important, whatever date that is, that it is nominated as soon as possible because that will enable the travel and tourism, and hospitality industry to plan for that time.
“So that as a matter for the states but I welcome the decision in Queensland and we look forward to other decisions being made soon and for that to enable those jobs and businesses to be able to be realised.”
It’s not clear at this stage when the Premier will make any announcement.
More to come.