Talking on Immediately, the Well being Minister repeated his feedback from Thursday that the border closure is “merciless”.
“It isn’t evidence-based … she desires to look robust for Queensland residents,” he mentioned, including: “If she retains this up and we do not have a vaccine … this might go on for years. This can be a foolish recreation you should not be taking part in. She’s taking part in with individuals’s lives.”
The Queensland authorities says it does not perceive why the NSW authorities is shocked in regards to the 48-hour deadline for contact tracing, with Queensland Deputy Premier and Well being Minister Steven Miles saying earlier this week that the situation had been agreed to by all of the state and territory Chief Well being Officers at a current assembly of the Australian Well being Safety Principal Committee (AHPPC).
Mr Hazzard doubled down in one other interview this morning, telling RN Breakfast the well being of Queenslanders was “not the rationale” for the closure. “The reason being she is in an election part, and she or he is taking part in video games with the Queensland group,” he mentioned.
Requested by host Hamish McDonald how he knew that, Mr Hazzard mentioned: “I’ve the proof however I am not going to share that.”
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has beforehand claimed that the fixed assaults from the NSW and federal governments, that are each coalition governments, over the closure of the border with NSW are politically motivated, to wedge her in the course of the election marketing campaign.