Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has hit out at critics of her state’s border insurance policies in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.
The premier introduced on Tuesday that Queensland will reopen its borders to Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia, New South Wales, Northern Territory and ACT on July 10.
Borders with Victoria, nonetheless, will stay closed as Ms Palaszczuk mentioned she nonetheless has “very giant issues” concerning the state.
Anybody travelling from Victoria to Queensland might be positioned in resort quarantine for 14 days at their very own expense.
Criticised for not reopening borders sooner, Ms Palaszczuk has appeared to be at odds with Prime Minister Scott Morrison and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian in the course of the coronavirus disaster.
On Tuesday the premier mentioned “the border wars have gotten to cease”.
“I feel a nationwide chief ought to have been capable of deliver all the states and territories collectively,” the premier mentioned.
“Frankly, I am a bit sick that Queensland has been singled out versus South Australia, and Tasmania, simply to call a couple of.”
Tasmania has had strict border restrictions all through the pandemic with Premier Peter Gutwein asserting on Friday the island intends to ease them in 4 weeks, relying on public well being recommendation.
South Australia solely lately reopened its borders to Western Australia, Tasmania, Queensland and the Northern Territory.
‘I’ve been silent for a very long time’: Premier speaks out
Ms Palaszczuk mentioned if Victoria had been “nearly self-quarantined or quarantined”, then Mr Morrison may have set a date for all the different states and territories as soon as Victoria was underneath management.
“For the time being, what we have now is a little bit of a confrontation the place fights are being picked at totally different states and, frankly, I do not assume it is adequate,” she mentioned.
“I have been silent for a very long time and I can’t be silenced for standing up for what I consider to be proper, for the well being recommendation that I am being supplied for by Dr (Jeanette) Younger (Queensland’s Chief Well being Officer).”
The premier added Dr Younger’s recommendation “has put Queensland in an excellent place”.
“We’re not out of it but. We all know that,” she mentioned.
Queensland reported no new coronavirus instances on Tuesday.
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