Annastacia Palaszczuk defends border resolution, COVID-19 restrictions


She was ultimately permitted to view her father’s physique whereas sporting full private protecting tools.

Ms Palaszczuk mentioned 40 clinicians have been working particularly on border exemption purposes.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk during question time on the last sitting day of Parliament in 2020 before the October election.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk throughout query time on the final sitting day of Parliament in 2020 earlier than the October election.Credit score:Matt Dennien

“Individuals don’t assume these exemptions are taking place, however in reality there have been 31,000 freight exemptions which were granted, I perceive 170,000 border zone exemptions,” she mentioned.

“I additionally perceive 229 exemptions for specialist staff, healthcare and compassionate grounds.”

Talking afterward Friday morning at a press convention, Ms Palaszczuk turned emotional, saying she understood what folks have been going by means of.

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“I am human similar to everybody else. These points harm me deeply. They harm me deeply as a result of throughout this pandemic I’ve misplaced family members as effectively. I do know precisely what persons are going by means of,” she advised reporters.

Chief Well being Officer Jeannette Younger didn’t seem on the press convention after heavy criticism of her feedback across the causes for sport and movie stars being granted exemptions to enter the state.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles mentioned Dr Younger was having “a well-earned weekend off”, and Deputy Chief Well being Officer Sonya Bennett, who was appointed to the function in late July, appeared.

She mentioned the 2 new instances have been “superb information” and signalled Queensland may very well be getting the cluster underneath management, with no new neighborhood transmission instances.

One other case, that of dying man Mark Keans, was additionally raised.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison donated $1000 of his personal cash to a NSW household determined to journey to Queensland to permit 4 younger youngsters to say goodbye to their dying father.

Greater than $220,000 was raised in a number of hours to cowl the price of necessary resort quarantine in Queensland for the household of Mr Keans, who has been recognized with terminal most cancers and should not stay to see Christmas.

Initially, Queensland well being officers advised the Keans household solely considered one of Mark’s 4 youngsters could be allowed to journey from NSW to see their father, sparking outrage throughout the nation.

The household was granted permission to cross the border on Thursday, however was advised they have to pay $16,000 for transport and quarantine.

Dr Bennett mentioned there have been “lively discussions” with the household. “These are tough conditions … and there are causes the restrictions are in place, and I believe we have all seen the great outcomes of that,” she mentioned.

“However in each scenario, with Mark Keans and others, the division works carefully with making use of for exemptions and the affected person to attempt to discover a answer to assist what they want,” she mentioned.

House Affairs Minister Peter Dutton additionally went on the assault on 9’s As we speak on Friday morning, saying Queensland’s border restrictions have been “having a really unfavorable impression on folks’s psychological well being and it’s actually devastating households”.

“In case you are Tom Hanks from California, you might be OK. In case you are Tom Hanks from Chermside or Citadel Hill, sorry, you aren’t coming in, even to your brother’s funeral or your dying daughter,” Mr Dutton advised As we speak.

“It’s simply unacceptable. I believe the results are very far-reaching and the Premier wants to repair the issue. It’s a downside of her making and it must be fastened earlier than later.”

With Danielle Cronin and Marissa Calligeros

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