Queensland’s Chief Health Officer is standing by her stance on the border closures, as National Cabinet meets today to discuss the issue.
There have been calls from multiple industries, including tourism and manufacturing sectors calling for a national set of rules for Premier’s to follow in regards to the closures.
The Sunshine State has repeatedly been singled out on the issue, despite Western Australia, Tasmania, South Australian and the Northern Territory having similar border restrictions in place.
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Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Doctor Jeanette Young has again defended her decision to keep our borders closed to New South Wales, the ACT and Victoria, saying it’s still too risky.
“I’m concerned about the amount of movement out of Sydney into northern New South Wales,” Dr Young said.
“It is good to see New South Wales is looking at their risks in Tweed because I know that were the virus to get out into the Tweed area, that would be a very big concern for us in Queensland.
“That’s the reason behind why we’ve done all this and why “‘m keeping such a close eye on what’s happening in Tweed because i’m well aware of that movement.
“There is no restriction in New South Wales for people to move into northern New South Wales, so it is a big concern.”
Dr Young was hopeful the situation in New South Wales would get better in the near future, but stopped short of promising better conditions soon.
“It’s clear that they’re getting on top of it,” she said.
“The number are coming down which is really reassuring but they’re still having those cases where they don’t know where they came from.
“It means there is still risk and indeed we’ve seen it here in Queensland with people coming out of Sydney coming into Queensland,” she said.
Meantime, the Health Minister Steven Miles says the Premier won’t be pressured into changing their state, at the National Cabinet meeting today.
He doesn’t believe a national approach would work, given that each state and territory has faced different problems when it comes to battling the coronavirus.
“Throughout this pandemic, the states and territories have had different experiences at different times, and so it’s important that they have the flexibility to put in place measures that keep their population safe,” Minister Miles said this morning.
The Prime Minister is expected to address the nation on the issue this afternoon.