The Defence Minister’s comments follow a social media post from Ms Palaszczuk that hinted the Sunshine State’s border could be reopened by Christmas.
The Premier’s tweet, shared on Wednesday night, implored Queenslanders to come forward for a COVID-19 vaccination to ensure they are doubled-dosed by December 25.
“I need you to get vaccinated and I need you to do it now. It takes five weeks from the first dose to be fully vaccinated,” she wrote.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has refused to set a date for when the state border will reopen. Picture: Jono Searle/Getty Images
Peter Dutton has slammed Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk for not releasing a plan to reopen the state border. Picture: Sam Mooy/Getty Images
“Five weeks from today is the 17th of November – that’s getting very close to Christmas.”
Mr Dutton told 2GB host Ray Hadlee the social media message indicated Ms Palaszczuk was planning to reopen the borders before Christmas saying, “it makes sense” and adding “I hope she lives up to that word”.
“I think clearly the Premier is going to open up in that mid-November point and the sooner the better I think, we’ve got to get back to living with this, back to life,” he said.
Ms Palaszczuk has refused to give a set date for when borders will reopen, with her only indication being once “every eligible Queenslander has the opportunity to get the vaccine.”
Mr Dutton, whose federal seat of Dickson is in Queensland, lashed Ms Palaszczuk for her refusal to release a plan to open the Sunshine State when vaccination targets are met.
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“It’s just not based on the medical evidence or the science, it is absolutely safe for Queensland to open up once that vaccination rate gets to 70 and then 80 per cent,” Mr Dutton said.
“The Premier was at one point saying kids need to be vaccinated and if there’s a small pocket in the community somewhere in Queensland that’s not 80 per cent but the rest of the state is then they won’t open, all of that is nonsense.”
Earlier in the week Queensland’s Health Minister Yvette D’Ath hinted that the border could be reopened in as little as five to six weeks, giving unvaccinated Queenslanders a deadline to get “yourself protected”.
“If someone wants a target, the target is getting yourself protected in the next five to six weeks,” Ms D’Ath said.
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“That is your mission, get yourself protected and that helps protect our whole community and allows us to open up.”
Vaccination data from Tuesday showed 71 per cent of the eligible population in Queensland has received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 54.1 per cent are fully vaccinated.
The Defence Minister said if Australians were able to travel overseas but not to Queensland business owners would be “rightly very angry”.  
“It would be an absolutely disgraceful travesty… these are people who have every last dollar on the line and this is a last roll of the dice for them,” he said.
“If they see people flying out of Sydney and Melbourne to places like Fiji and Vanuatu when they should be coming to the Gold Coast then people will be rightly very angry.”
The Queensland Premier on Thursday announced the state had recorded a ninth straight day without a locally acquired COVID-19 case.

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