The Palaszczuk Government is now rejecting claims that the border closures are hurting tourism businesses, as a high court battle begins heating up.
There are now six plaintiffs, made up of travel companies and other individuals, who’ve lodged court action against the closures.
They claim the closures have become unconstitutional and are causing financial hardship.
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But according to court documents, the state government has refused those claims, and has requested proof of economic struggle from businesses.
LNP Leader Deb Frecklington’s posted on Facebook that the Premier is ‘totally out of touch’.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk must be the only person in Queensland who thinks the border closure isn’t closing businesses and costing jobs.
“This is despite Labor admitting last week that they have done no economic modelling on the closure,” Her post reads.
An urgent hearing is expected to be held today.
It comes as a new study reveals just how much the border closures are impacting the Gold Coast.
The city is set to lose more than $1.2 billion in interstate revenue over the next three months if the border closures remain in place.
A National Visitor Survey shows southern visitors spent three times more than Queensland travellers in the July quarter last year.