Treasurer slams Qld Premier for “desperate denial of reality”

The federal treasurer’s hit out at the Queensland Premier, who’s been accused of scaremongering with concerns for children under 12 years old.

Annastacia Palaszczuk used the concerns for not wanting to open borders even at 80 per cent vaccination, saying those under the age of 12 would be left ‘vulnerable’.

“If you open up this state and you let the virus in here, every child under 12 is vulnerable,” the Premier told State Parliament yesterday on Wednesday.


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“Every single child – if anyone has any children under 12, they’re vulnerable because they are the unvaccinated.

“I honestly believe that we need to have further research done on what happens to the 0 to 12-year-old cohort as they remain unvaccinated.

“This is the most serious issue,” she said.

When questioned about the comments on breakfast television this morning, Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg told Sunrise “it’s a desperate denial of the reality and is not based on the medical advice”.

“The medical advice is that the illnesses in kids is much less severe than what we see in adults.

“The medical advice is that we should vaccinate. The older population as well.

“The medical advice is what we are following, the medical advice is what the plan was based on.

“The people of Queensland are recognising they have to live with COVID, it’s a reality that is now being accepted in the foyer with yesterday’s announcement that they can’t eliminate it, no country has eliminated it, and that is late so important we stick to the plan and open up accordingly,” Mr Frydenberg said.

The Queensland Opposition has also slammed the Premier for her comments, while some health experts have also accused her of scaremongering.