Queensland border closures validated by Federal Court findings

The Federal Court has found the hard border restrictions are effective measures in the fight against coronavirus.

The ruling was part of Clive Palmer’s legal battle in Western Australia, against the state’s harsh restrictions.

The Queensland government has also welcomed the decision, which vindicates the Sunshine State’s own position on the matter.


Queensland Attornery-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath says the Federal Court found a precautionary approach should be taken to decision-making about the measures required to protect the community.

“The Palaszczuk Government has strong border restrictions in place to protect Queenslanders and this decision shows just how important they are,” she said.

“The Federal Court found the risk of infectious people entering Western Australian posed a high probability of the virus being transmitted locally within the State, including a moderate probability of uncontrolled outbreaks.

“It found that uncontrolled outbreaks include the risk of death and hospitalisation.

“In the worst-case scenario, the health consequences could be potentially catastrophic.

“Queenslanders won’t be lectured by Clive Palmer on re-opening our borders too soon, a worrying proposal that’s been advocated by the Queensland LNP at least 64 times.

“The LNP’s dangerous policies pose a serious risk the to the health of Queenslanders and to jobs and the State’s economy,” Mrs D’Ath said.

Clive Palmer can still proceed to the High Court to determine if the closures are unconstitutional.