The Queensland government has declared it will choose its own destiny “without the NSW premier telling it what to do” about its borders.
Gladys Berejiklian is bemoaning her neighbour’s decision to keep the border shut to greater Sydney until at least the end of the month.
But a staffer from Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s office says decisions regarding Queensland were settled in 1859, when the state separated from NSW.
“That simply means that Queensland can choose its own destiny without the NSW premier telling us what to do,” they told AAP.
The Queensland government regards Ms Berejiklian as being unhelpful in relation to the borders.
Ms Palaszczuk will only talk with NSW premier at national cabinet in two weeks time.
The state government will make another call on the border closure to greater Sydney and Victoria at the end of this month.
Visitors from elsewhere in Australia can freely enter Queensland without needing to quarantine for 14 days.
Ms Berejiklian has reached out to Ms Palaszczuk to congratulate her on being re-elected on Sunday.
The NSW premier says she also asked to talk about the border.
Ms Palaszczuk’s staffer said she received a congratulatory text but it contained no requests to talk about the border.
It’s understood the Queensland premier replied to Ms Berejiklian message after the Maroons’ win over the NSW Blues in the State of Origin on Wednesday night.
“Queenslander,” the premier wrote.
Ms Berejiklian is adamant she asked to speak about the border closure to Sydney.
“I didn’t know whether to be shocked or bemused frankly, because I’m worried about jobs and I’m worried about people not seeing their families and she just rubbed in the fact that Queensland won the game,” the NSW premier said.
Queensland recorded no new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, with eight active cases in the state.
NSW recorded two new cases, but both were people in hotel quarantine after returning from overseas.
Ms Berejiklian on Wednesday announced NSW would open its border to Victoria on November 23.
On Thursday, she called on Ms Palaszczuk and West Australian Premier Mark McGowan to think about citizens hurt or stressed by border closures.
“The economic devastation which will be caused unnecessarily is not worth the pain,” the NSW premier said.
“And both she and the WA premier really need to sit up and think about Australia. Think about their citizens and citizens across Australia who are suffering because of their decisions.”
© AAP 2020