During a tense interview on Sunrise, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk defended her government’s contentious state border closure.
She told Sam Armytage, “I did have to make some strong decisions about those borders and they were tough, they were tough on a lot of people.”
The premier admitted that the coronavirus measure was “hard on businesses,” but refused to reopen the border to New South Wales until 28 days of no community transmission were registered by the southern state.
“If that happens, then the Chief Health Officer will review and take into account not just community transmission, but testing rates and sewage testing as well.”
“That would mean that NSW could be open in November.”
With no new cases identified in the community, NSW reported 11 consecutive days on Tuesday.
“Palaszczuk said, “I look forward to the day when there is no community transmission across Australia and everyone can open and move freely once again,”
Queensland’s tourism industry has been decimated by the border closure, but polls show it has proved successful in the state.
A YouGov survey published this week indicates that Palaszczuk is likely to secure a third term in the state election on October 31.
On a two-party-preferred basis, the poll has the Labor Party leading the LNP 52 percent to 48 percent.