Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk has refused to receive key poll data in the hours leading up to Friday’s decision to open the Queensland borders to much of New South Wales.
Leaked documents from a research firm previously hired by the Queensland government to work on its coronavirus response showed a surge in support for open borders.
The investigation is dated Thursday, just hours before Ms. Palaszczuk – who faces an election Saturday – announced that she would allow more NSW cities to enter the state.
However, she claims the decision was made on the advice of Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young and she never saw the data.
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk (pictured) has insisted that her decision was based solely on medical evidence
Protesters are seen outside the debate between Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and opposition leader Deb Frecklington at the Queensland Media Club in Brisbane on Friday
Dr. Young said she gave the advice because Sydney suffered four cases of community transmission on Thursday, one of which was not due to known contact.
In The Courier Mail’s survey data, support for opening state borders had risen from just 15 percent at the start of the pandemic to 51 percent.
A prime minister’s spokesman told the outlet that Ms. Palaszczuk “never received the research” and the Queensland government had not commissioned it.
The long-awaited announcement came as a relief to many who wanted to travel in the warmer months, but Sydneysiders have been told they will still stay outside.
Ms. Palaszczuk, who faces a state election on Saturday, previously said she hoped to ease the hard line with NSW on Sunday after it was reintroduced in August to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
But it has postponed the opening to Tuesday and banned residents from all 32 Greater Sydney counties.
Leaked surveys from Newgate Research show how Queenslanders are following the pandemic.
“Support for opening state borders within a month has increased significantly this week among those from QLD (51 percent versus 42 percent last week) and South Australia (51 percent versus 38 percent last week),” it said the newspaper.
Victorians (pictured in Melbourne) remain banned from Queensland and all other states except the Northern Territory, where they will have to pay $ 2,500 for hotel quarantine
Ms. Palaszczuk was on the Gold Coast campaign on the Thursday before Saturday’s elections
Queensland’s support for opening the borders fell from 15 percent to 51 percent this week.
Polls also showed a significant increase in support for the full reopening of the borders by Christmas, with support now at 65 percent.
Support for the opening of international borders remains low at just 22 percent.
“The Chief Health Officer came in and showed me what she wanted to do about the borders,” said the Prime Minister on Friday.
‘I said to her, “Is that your expert medical advice? Do you want to do that? “
“She said yes and I said I accept your advice, this is the community transmission health advice.”
The flights from Sydney to the Gold Coast (picture) on Sunday are almost full, while the airport reported “good bookings” for the rest of the week
Motorists are stopped at a checkpoint in Coolangatta, on the Queensland-New South Wales border, when it was reintroduced in August
Ms. Palaszczuk is sad to see Dr. Young’s advice must be followed as it is in the “best interests of the state” despite the residents calling for the borders to be opened.
“If that had happened in July, I still firmly believe that the consequences for families in Queensland would have been diabolical,” she said.
New South Wales residents who have been outside Greater Sydney for 14 days are allowed to enter Queensland from 1:00 a.m. on November 3.
You are allowed to fly from Sydney Airport, but you are not allowed to stop anywhere else in the city.
Victorians remain banned from Queensland and all other states except the Northern Territory, where they have to pay $ 2,500 for hotel quarantine.
Dr. Young previously said the NSW border would not open until the state had passed 28 consecutive days with no mysterious cases.
“They had four new cases yesterday and they couldn’t link one of those cases to other known clusters,” she said.
Traditionally, the Gold Coast theme parks employ around 500 seasonal workers during the busy summer season. Pictured: Sea World
Annastacia Palaszczuk (right) previously said she hoped to ease the hard line put in place to contain the spread of COVID-19 from November 1
“Sydney is a city and people move around in this city. For this reason, these 32 LGAs must all be declared as hot spots. Outside of these 32 LGAs, there have been no cases in the past 28 days. ‚
Dr. Young added, “They have cases there that they don’t know will spread to this church. It’s about unrelated cases. ‚
When asked when the Sydneysiders will be allowed in, she said, “You are asking me to look into a crystal ball. I really do not know it. It depends what happens to the virus. ‚
The banning of more than five million Sydney residents will destroy Queensland tourism businesses desperate for customers, while international travelers remain banned indefinitely.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison called on Ms. Palaszczuk on Friday morning to open the border, saying: “We cannot remain neutral. We have to arm ourselves again. ‚
NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejikian and Prime Minister Scott Morrison have encouraged Ms. Palaszczuk to reopen their border
What are the border restrictions?
New South Wales: Exemption required if coming from VIC
Victoria: No restrictions
Queensland: Exemption required if coming from VIC or Greater Sydney. Expected to be open to the rest of NSW on November 3rd
South Australia: Exemption required if coming from VIC
Tasmania: Will open for NSW on November 2nd. Exemption required if coming from VIC
Western Australia: Liberation required from anywhere
PLOT: Exemption required if coming from VIC
Northern Territory: Victorians must be quarantined at their own expense
Australia: Only people who have been in New Zealand for 14 days can enter without hotel quarantine
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