Afterto some interstate arrivals, Queensland has been criticized, claiming it is “being loved to death”. Queensland has been its borders to some interstate arrivals, claiming it is “being loved to death”.
It comes as another Queensland MP says he has been left “stateless” after receiving a texthim he was unable to return home to the Gold Coast until September 2, claiming the news was “extraordinary” and that “I haven’t told my wife yet”.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that all arrivals from NSW, the ACT, and Victoria are banned from entering the Sunshine State today after claiming itssystem is “overwhelmed” by these arrivals.
Buthas asked Ms. Palaszczuk to explain after taking such a “large step”. , and two truck drivers who tested positive on Tuesday are now classified as false positives.
The premier said the pause on arrivals to Queensland from the three jurisdictions was in response to people “relocating to escape interstate lockdowns, placing huge pressure on oursystem. “This is about keeping Queenslanders safe from the Delta variant,” Ms. Palaszczuk said.
“Not only are our hotels stretched, but our staff is also stretched. We don’t have any room at the moment. “We don’t want to see Delta coming into our community. We do not have any room at the moment. Queensland is being loved to death.” She revealed that as of Tuesday, August 24, more than 5100 people were staying in 22, with the majority (more than 3200) from interstate.
The new rules mean no one currently in a declared hotspotwill be permitted to enter Queensland’s hotel quarantine for two weeks, except for those with exemptions such as compassionate reasons. New arrivals and Queensland residents will have to reapply for a border pass.
Ms. Palaszczuk said she was forced to implement the new rules because the state was “scrambling” for. “We are concerned about the pressure the system is putting on our resources,” she said. But the has questioned the decision, with Mr. Birmingham suggesting Queensland use measures rather than driving people away.
“I haven’t seen Queensland quite explain what’s driven this [decision] or how it’s working,” Mr. Birmingham told ABC. “Many states and territories have effectively used different approaches to home-based quarantine for Australian citizens. “That seems like a sensible way to enable at least essential movementto have people come in and do the 14 days.
“I’ve done it myself a fewduring the pandemic, as many other Australians have, who’ve had to cross state borders but then face those requirements. “I understand the need for restrictions, but completely sealing off seems quite a large step. “I think Queensland’s got to explain why it can’t manage to make those sorts of home-based arrangements work, at least for a cohort of people.”
News.com.au contacted Mr. Birmingham’s office for further comment but was referredwith Patricia Karvelas. Meanwhile, the Minister for Employment, Stuart Robert, told Sky News Australia he received a from the Queensland government informing him that he could not return home to the Gold Coast until September 8.
He expressed concern over “how many other thousands of Queenslanders” had received the same message with little to no notice that they were banned from returning. “Suddenly they’re going ‘what, I’m stateless, I’m locked out of my state until September 8’,” he said.
“The premier has just told Queensland residents you’re not welcomeI know you live here, but you can’t come home and give citizens two hours’ notice.” “I haven’t told my wife yet, by the way. It’s extraordinary,” Mr. Robert said. — with Vanessa Brown