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Queensland Premier prepared to lose election before opening borders

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says she’s willing to lose the upcoming state election to keep people safe.

In response to what she described as “relentless” attacks on the border steps taken by her government and chief health officer, Ms Palaszczuk said she did not apologise for any decisions that had been made.

“If it means I have to lose the election, I will risk all that if it means keeping Queenslanders safe,” she said on Monday.

“I will always stand up for what I believe to be right in this state.”

“I understand it is a difficult time and we are going to do better,” she said, adding more staff were being recruited to handle requests.

She added the sunshine state was not the only one that had been “inundated” with people wanting exemptions.

“But for some reason Queensland seems to be singled out,” she said.

The premier said if she lost the election because of the decision to keep the state’s borders closed until it was safe to reopen, then “so be it”.

“I will stand on my record, I will hold my head up high and I will stare down those people who are trying to tear Queensland apart, because we have a track record of our economy going strong, because we have put in place a good health response,” she said.

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