Grieving daughter given last-minute exemption to ‘private viewing’ of father’s body

UPDATE @ 1.15 PM | A young woman who was told by the State Government that she would not be allowed to attend her father’s funeral this afternoon will now be given a private viewing.

Sarah Caisip arrived in Queensland from Canberra last week in a bid to see her severely ill father before he lost his battle with cancer.

The 26-year-old was given an exemption from Queensland Health to enter the sunshine state to say goodbye to her father in hospital.


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However, it allegedly took around 20 days for the exemption to be granted, and the young woman’s father passed away while she was completing her 14-day quarantine in a Brisbane hotel.

The grieving daughter applied for a separate exemption to attend her father’s funeral in Mt Gravatt at 2.00pm this afternoon and was denied by health officials.

It prompted the Prime Minister to issue a desperate plea to the Premier of Queensland this morning, begging her to overrule the “heartbreaking” decision.

“This is a heartbreaking story, I rang the Premier this morning and I have appealed to her to overrule the decision that would allow Sarah to go to the funeral today,” an emotional Scott Morrison told Nine radio.

“It isn’t about the Premier of Queensland, and me and anyone else… With everything that everyone is going through surely just this once this can be done.

“The only thing that matters today is that Sarah can be with her 11-year-old sister and her mother while they mourn the passing of their father and husband.”

The Health Minister’s office confirmed to myGC at 1.00pm today that Sarah would be allowed to have a private viewing on her own at the funeral home, but will not be allowed to attend the service with her family.

The spokesperson said Queensland Health would escort the woman to and from the hotel where she is completing her quarantine to the funeral home.

EARLIER @ 11.30 AM | The Prime Minister has issued a desperate plea to the Premier of Queensland, begging her to overrule a “heartbreaking” decision that has denied a young woman the opportunity to attend her father’s funeral this afternoon.

Sarah Caisip arrived in Queensland from Canberra last week in a bid to see her severely ill father before he lost his battle with cancer.

The 26-year-old was given an exemption from Queensland Health to enter the sunshine state to say goodbye to her father in hospital.

However, it allegedly took around 20 days for the exemption to be granted and by the time the young woman arrived in Queensland her father had already passed away.

Sarah is still completing her mandatory 14-day quarantine in a Brisbane hotel, but in news that has shocked the country today, the young woman’s exemption to stay in the state has now been revoked following her father’s passing.

Sarah, who grew up in Brisbane and only moved to the ACT in February, is now fighting to be by the side of her 11-year-old sister and mother at her father’s funeral in Mt Gravatt at 2.00pm this afternoon.

“They said I shouldn’t even be in Queensland because the exemption for me to come to Queensland was to say goodbye to my dying Father, not to go to the funeral,” Sarah told Nine.

The Prime Minister has joined a chorus of people pleading for the State Government to show some compassion and make an exemption for a grieving daughter.

“This is a heartbreaking story, I rang the Premier this morning and I have appealed to her to overrule the decision that would allow Sarah to go to the funeral today,” an emotional Scott Morrison told Nine radio.

“It isn’t about the Premier of Queensland, and me and anyone else…With everything that everyone is going through surely just this once this can be done.

“I hoped that she’d [Annastacia Palaszczuk] form a different view when I spoke to her this morning… She hadn’t at that time, I hope she will reconsider before 2pm today,” Mr Morrison said.

“The only thing that matters today is that Sarah can be with her 11-year-old sister and her mother while they mourn the passing of their father and husband.”

“I understand the process for her to get an exemption to travel to the state took 20 days and sadly she missed that opportunity to say farewell to her Dad,” Mr Morrison said.

Speaking in State Parliament this morning, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she would not be “bullied” by the Prime Minister.

“I will not be bullied, nor will I be intimidated by the Prime Minster of this country who contacted me this morning,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“I made very clear to the fact that it was not my decision and that I will pass the information on to the Chief Health Officer and that it is the Chief Health Officer’s decision to make.”

There have been no coronavirus cases in the ACT for more than 60 days.

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But Patmysak will stand in front of the cameras and say she is “compassionate”
She mustn’t know the meaning of the word

But she – we are letting her in, aren’t we?

What does she want a luxury red carpet rolled out for her?

She should be escorted by police and be under strict conditions for a time-limited visit

This is sad and my heart goes out but Queenslanders must come first – if we were to let her in then we could have the 2nd wave and have thousands of Queenslanders dead from COVID-19.

The rest is just not worth it – I am happy that our premier is keeping us safe and not being bullied by a so called PM

But it’s ok to let 400plus afl people from Victoria in no quarantine living it up in a resort yep I see your logic yep well done to your premier keeping Queenslanders safe what a load of crap

She doesn’t even look Australian – why risk letting her in if it means my grandparents might be at risk of getting the virus.

Keep that border closed!

This is a little uncomfortable to hear but i hate to say i think its the correct decision – we have to protect Queenslanders at all costs.

Our state is almost covid free and our economy is doing so well without Australians entering Queensland with covid-19.

Queensland Australians must come first

Keep her out – the last thing we need is yet another COVID case.

This is about saving lives!

Keep her out – we have done so well and Queensland is covid free without lockdowns and restrictions.

Life is back to normal in Queensland – keep that border closed

Our so-called PM is bullying our premier – time to axe from Australia and become our own country.

Queenslanders must come first!!!

My heart goes out – but I hope she and her family understand that her sacrifice is for the health and safety of our Queenslanders.

I think she understands this – we are in the middle of a pandemic for christ sakes – we need to keep that border closed

Tough decision and heart wrenching – but i agree this is about saving lives and we need enforce tough measure to keep Queenslanders safe.

In Queensland we can go to pubs, cafes, gyms – do we really want to risk all that for one person who might have the virus to enter Queensland.

Yeah hence why you’ve let all the afl people from Victoria in yep all about saving lives bunch of morons the lot of u

Agree with Chris.
Another load of AFL officials and relatives have arrived at the “quarantine hotel” so is the 14 day isolation period starting again? No.
Half of them have already been out in the local community and no one has said a word.
As the CHO has advised these exemptions are part of the strategy to get QLD finances under control.
Its not about saving lives its about Money.