Stranded Aussies petitioning to stop Qld Premier going to Tokyo

A petition calling for the Queensland Premier to cancel her trip to the Tokyo Olympics is gaining ground.

More than 20,000 people have now signed the petition, which was started by a group of stranded Australians overseas.

They’re calling for the Australian Border Force to deny Annastacia Palaszczuk an exemption to leave the country because she’ll be taking the place of an Aussie trying to get home, upon her return.


“Annastacia Palaszczuk has successfully advocated for a brutal and heartless halving of Australian quarantine spaces, making it even more difficult for Stranded Australians to return home,” the petition reads.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk recently stated her intent to take a space up in Hotel Quarantine on her return from the Tokyo Olympics on Q+A.

“The people of Australia believe the Queensland Government should lead by example. We hereby petition for Annastacia Palaszczuk to be DENIED the right to leave Australia at this time until she increases Hotel Quarantine capacity to such an extent that she will not take up a space that could have gone to a Stranded Australian.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk should not be allowed to steal a precious hotel quarantine space from a more deserving Stranded Australian trying to return home. DENY her the ability to do so.”

The Premier has previously said that she has to go to the Tokyo event, in order to accept the hosting rights for the Olympics in 2032.

The petition had received over 22,000 signatures at 7.30 am July 6, with a goal of 25,000.