The public spat between the Palaszczuk and Morrison governments is proof Queensland’s roadmap out of COVID-19 was a “Clayton’s border opening”, says Sky News Queensland Editor Peter Gleeson.
Deputy Premier Steven Miles accused the federal government of creating controversy to distract from their own leadership tensions after it was revealed border restrictions meant those entering the Sunshine State would need to pay $145 to prove they had obtained a negative PCR test.
Mr Gleeson said it’s clear Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk does not want to reopen the state’s borders.
“I guess the question this morning is why have Queenslanders, why have Australians been subjected to this mass confusion, this drama about whether they can return?” he said.
“You’re dealing with people’s lives here and I guess the question that a lot of Queenslanders and Australians will be asking: ‘Where’s the leadership?’
“The Premier has made it clear that she doesn’t want the borders opened, it was like a Clayton’s border opening because most people were suggesting that they wouldn’t be paying.
“There’ve been mass cancellations from people in the southern states who weren’t prepared to cop that $150 per person.
“Now we’ve got this situation where that confusion has hopefully been sorted out this morning.”