Annastacia Palaszczuk exploded into another tirade as she looks to keep Queensland shut off from the rest of Australia and the world, claiming millions would rather stay in their own state.
The premier said she will ignore the national cabinet’s plan to open borders at 80 per cent vaccination rates, saying it will send QLD ‘backwards’, ruining Christmas plans for thousands of people separated from their families.
On Thursday she said the national plan had ‘not been finalised’ and that she would keep borders shut to New South Wales despite soaring vaccinations.
She also added Queenslanders wouldn’t want to travel overseas, despite her flying to Tokyo for the Olympic Games, and that they would prefer to stay in their own state than travel the country.
‘If you look at the national plan, the 80 per cent actually takes you backwards and I do not want that for Queensland, so we’re probably going to see a difference for Western Australia and Queensland because at the moment we have freedoms,’ she said.
Queensland’s premier (pictured) has ignored the national cabinet agreement and wants to keep Queenslanders caged inside their own state with no plans for domestic or international travel
The QLD premier said she will ignore the national cabinet’s plan to open borders at 80 per cent vaccination rates, saying it will send QLD ‘backwards’ (pictured, the Queensland border at Coolangatta)
The decision is set to ruin the holiday plans for thousands of Australians who were hoping to visit Queensland for leisure or to be reunited with their families (pictured, a woman on Duranbah beach near the QLD-NSW border)
PALASZCZUK’S POUTY PROMISES
On the national roadmap:
‘If you look at the national plan, the 80 per cent actually takes us backwards. So I don’t want that for Queensland.’
On overseas travel:
‘Where are you going to go? Are you going to go to India? In Tokyo, you have to sit in Perspex screens with masks on and if you remove your mask you can’t talk while you’re chewing.’
On domestic travel:
‘Queenslanders would probably enjoy greater freedoms travelling around Queensland than if they hopped on a plane and went to Tokyo.’
On opening for Christmas:
‘In NSW, you have a massive Delta outbreak, so you have to go ask the NSW government what their plan is for Christmas?’
‘At the moment, Queenslanders have more freedoms now than Victorians will when they hit 80 per cent vaccinated.’
NSW recorded 1,063 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, while Victoria saw 766 new infections. The states are at 56.6 per cent and 45.9 per cent full vaccination rates respectively.
The premiers from around Australia had agreed a plan with the federal government to release residents from lockdown at 70 per cent and re-open borders at 80 per cent, but Premiers Palaszczuk and Mark McGowan have refused to do so.
Ms Palaszczuk, who is infamous for her myopic legislation, claimed opening up despite high vax rates would hurt QLD and jabbed at the mismanagement of other states.
‘At the moment, Queenslanders have more freedoms now than Victorians will when they reach 80 per cent vaccinated,’ she said.
‘In NSW, you have a massive Delta outbreak, so you have to go and ask the NSW government what is their plan for Christmas?’
She also dismissed the idea of opening international travel at 80 per cent, questioning where people would want to go, despite her travelling to Japan for the Tokyo Olympics.
‘Where are you going to go? Are you going to go to India?’ she sarcastically asked reporters.
‘In Tokyo, you have to sit in Perspex screens with masks on and if you remove your mask you can’t talk while you’re chewing.’
Ms Palaszczuk also claimed Queenslanders would prefer to travel their own state than the rest of Australia and the world.
‘Queenslanders would probably enjoy greater freedoms travelling around Queensland than if they hopped on a plane and went to Tokyo,’ the premier added.
‘In NSW, you have a massive Delta outbreak, so you have to go and ask the NSW government what is their plan for Christmas?,’ the premier asked (pictured, families desperately reuniting at the Tweed Heads border between Queensland and NSW)
Premier Palaszczuk will keep borders closed between NSW and Victoria, meaning many families will go another Christmas without seeing their loved ones (pictured, people talk over barriers at the Tweeds Head border between Queensland and NSW)
The abrasive premier also lost her cool earlier on Thursday saying she was ‘sick of being attacked’.
The Queensland premier repeated unverified claims that her state would be hit with a deadly Covid outbreak if it opened up when it hits the 80 per cent full vaccination rate.
She then played the victim when this was put under scrutiny and and she was pressed for detail on when she would actually allow NSW and Victoria in.
‘Do you want that? Do you want that?’
‘I don’t understand this constant criticism of Queensland doing well. I will always stand up for this state, I am sick of being attacked for Queensland doing a great job, and Queenslanders doing a great job.’
Palaszczuk also claimed Queenslanders would prefer to travel their own state than the rest of Australia and the world
‘Queenslanders would probably enjoy greater freedoms travelling around Queensland than if they hopped on a plane and went to Tokyo,’ the premier added (pictured, border checks at Coolangatta)
Ms Palaszczuk implied the Queensland health system would be in crisis like NSW if the border was opened.
This was despite the issues with NSW’s hospitals being caused by an outbreak that was caused by barely anyone being vaccinated three months ago.
‘There are very serious issues here, the hospitals in NSW are going to be overwhelmed next month,’ the premier said.
‘I don’t want that for Queensland, that is why we have tough border measures in place and that is why I want people to get vaccinated, to protect our freedoms.’
Ms Palaszczuk repeated her mantra that the 80 per cent threshold would be different for different states, despite her initially agreeing to the national plan.
‘In Victoria, at 80 per cent, they will be allowed 30 people to visit for Christmas dinner. Here, Queenslanders can have 100 people over,’ she said.
‘I’m sick of constantly being attacked for doing the right thing.’
The press conference started with Ms Palaszczuk announcing two new Covid cases in Queensland.
One is a St Thomas More College student from the cluster at Sunnybank identified two weeks ago who is in home quarantine, the other in hotel quarantine.
She directed reporters to ask the federal government about the national plan for re-opening ahead of tomorrow’s national cabinet meeting.
‘You don’t understand it, I’m sorry,’ she chided one reporter who referred to what NSW residents would be free to do once the 80 per cent target was reached.
Queenslanders have been trapped in their own state for huge swathes of the pandemic (pictured, the QLD-NSW border)
Ms Palaszczuk defended her decision to maintain strict border controls because of the current Delta outbreaks in NSW and Victoria – which forced families to meet up on Father’s Day this year at the border (pictured)
‘You tell me what they can do at 80 per cent? Where’s their roadmap? Where’s their roadmap?’
Ms Palaszczuk said a lot of the attacks on her state were coming from the federal government.
‘Everyone needs to take a deep breath here because what we are trying to do is keep Queenslanders safe,’ she said.
Queensland’s vaccination rate has 61.53 per cent of the eligible population having received a first dose with 42.78 per cent now fully-vaccinated – the worst in Australia.
It is not expected to reach the 80 per cent full vaccination target until early December.