The Queensland government has lashed out at its NSW and federal counterparts, saying they are “chock full of crazies” trying to force open the country regardless of the health consequences.
Treasurer Cameron Dick launched a blistering attack on the NSW government, blaming it for failing to go hard and go early to stamp out its COVID-19 outbreak.
“The NSW government did not go hard. The NSW government did not go fast,” the treasurer told parliament on Tuesday.
“Now, as they drag down the national economy and the morale of their own people, all they talk about is opening up, regardless of the health consequences.
“It is an obsession shared by the federal government.”
‘Full of crazies’
He says the NSW government and Prime Minister Scott Morrison are now trying to force the country open regardless of whether individual states have reached 80 per cent vaccination coverage.
“The LNP governments are chock full of crazies,” Dick said.
“They don’t believe in border controls, some of them don’t believe in COVID.
“When these crazies complain about businesses or borders they are using code, what they are really complaining about is they don’t want us to fight the virus.
Queensland Treasurer Cameron Dick said the NSW government failed to go hard early against COVID. File image. Credit: AAP
“They want us to run up the white flag and open the borders to an uncontrolled outbreak in NSW, just because they say they have hit their vaccination target.”
The prime minister earlier called on Queensland to bring in home quarantine to deal with its shortage of hotel quarantine rooms.
Morrison said on breakfast radio that the state must move to home quarantine, which is being trialled in South Australia, to solve capacity issues in hotel quarantine.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk ruled out a trial of home quarantine arrangements until the government sees the results of the SA trial.
COVID Safe Cleaning Team workers patrol Bondi Beach in Sydney. Credit: Bianca De Marchi/AAP
She again vowed to press on with a state government plan for a 1000-bed quarantine facility outside Toowoomba, saying it will be open well before the federal government’s 800-bed centre in Brisbane.
“We are stretched to the limit,” Palaszczuk told parliament.
“We must have alternatives to our hotel quarantine system that better protect Queensland.”
Palaszczuk is also facing criticism over exemptions granted to NRL players and their families to fly into Queensland from Sydney on Monday.
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‘The LNP governments are chock full of crazies … They want us to run up the white flag and open the borders to an uncontrolled outbreak in NSW.’
Liberal National Party MP Jarrod Bleijie attacked the government for pausing domestic hotel quarantine for two weeks and stranding Queenslanders interstate.
“We know people have been attending funerals in NSW, who cannot get home, that are happy to do quarantine, the two-week quarantine, happy, (but) they cannot get to their own home,” he told parliament.
“What a disgrace. We’re in a society now where the Queensland government does not allow its own citizens back in their own home state.”
The premier distanced herself from the NRL exemptions, saying decisions were made by the Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young.
Source by 7news.com.au