Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says she won’t be forced to change her position on closure of the state’s border.
The Queensland border is officially restricted to all of Victoria , NSW and the ACT. Queenslanders returning home can enter but must, at their own cost, go under compulsory hotel quarantine.
Ms Palaszczuk said the economy can not develop without first providing an effective answer to health.
“Fundamentally the health of Queenslanders is my number one concern and you can’t have a strong economy, you can’t have the economy growing unless you have the health under control,” she said.
Ms Palaszczuk also said it will create a new hotline to support medical exemption applications for residents of New South Wales who require border care.
The announcement follows a series of controversial events, including an expectant mother from Ballina who last week lost one of her unborn twins.