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‘A bad decision’: Palaszczuk border rules will cost Queenslander jobs
A Queensland government proposal, which could see the state’s borders closed even at 80 per cent national vaccine coverage, has been slammed by the federal treasurer as a “bad decision” that will cost jobs.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Friday said she was unwilling to reopen as “80 per cent actually takes you backwards and I do not want that for Queensland”.
Her remarks have since come under heavy criticism with Treasurer Josh Frydenberg labelling it a policy that would keep Queensland families apart.
“The decision, and the announcement by the Queensland government, which means we may not see an opening of the borders consistent with the National Plan, is not good, and it would be a bad decision that would cost Queensland jobs,” he said.
“It would be a bad decision that would mean Queensland families are kept apart and it would be inconsistent with what was agreed at the National Cabinet.
“It’s really important that, in Queensland, the borders open in accordance with those 70 and 80 per cent vaccination rates.
“People want their lives to come back to what it was, and it’s up to those premiers and chief ministers to give those people hope, to give them a chance to reopen their businesses, to be reunited with loved ones, to send their kids back to school.
“That’s what the people of Australia are expecting from their state and territory leaders