Ms Palaszczuk and Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt came to blows in recent days over after a disagreement on whether a PCR test certificate, that would cost a traveller $150 to obtain, or whether a free text message result would suffice before entering into the Sunshine State.
Mr Hunt confirmed a text message was substantial enough, with the Premier responding on Twitter saying she “welcomed” the move by the federal government to fund half the cost of a PCR test.
But Mr Hunt fired back saying it was a “false claim” and the Commonwealth had always funded for 50 per cent of the swab and demanded Ms Palaszczuk apologise for causing “unnecessary stress” to domestic travellers and residents returning to Queensland.
Opposition leader David Crisafulli has called out the government over their handling of the PCR test confusion and accusations. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Dan Peled
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk accused the federal government of “wanting to give COVID to Queenslanders for Christmas” during a press conference. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Dan Peled
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The Queensland Premier said while she was happy the issue was resolved, she accused the federal government for “wanting to give Queenslanders COVID for Christmas”.
“The federal government wanted to scrap PCR test altogether,” she said.
“That was never going to be what we desired… why did the federal government want Queenslanders to get COVID for Christmas, they wanted to scrap the PCR test.
Mr Crisafulli described the response by Ms Palaszczuk as “outrageous”.
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“Now, I’m sorry, but that is not a fitting comment of a Premier,” he said on Sky News Australia on Wednesday night.
“It was a very, very embarrassing day for our state and to all your viewers interstate, you need to know you’re welcome here.
“We’ve got a government at the moment who doesn’t know how to express it but we want to see you, we want you to be part of our family, we want to see you at Christmas time and we’ll keep fighting tooth and nail to make sure that happens.”
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He insisted the Palaszczuk government was “trying to fit an agenda” by telling her residents she will keep them safe by “slugging $150” on those trapped across the borders.
Mr Crisafulli also took aim at Deputy Premier Steven Miles for his “childhood antics” and “blaming everyone”, including the media, after his government could not provide a clear message.
Mr Miles said the federal government intervening was an “orchestrated campaign to confuse people” and suggested media outlets were to blame for reporting it would cost residents and holidaymakers hundreds of dollars to enter Queensland.
“We never floated that, there was never an announcement from the state government that it would cost people,” he said.
“We were asked whether people would need the test as we were presented with the argument that in some cases that would cost people money and we said they would still require that test.”
Mr Crisafulli also took aim at Deputy Premier Steven Miles for his “childhood antics” and “blaming everyone”, including the media, after his government could not provide a clear message. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Dan Peled
Residents and those travelling can now enter Queensland but must be fully vaccinated, provide a negative PCR test 72 hours prior to flying into an airport and must isolate at a suitable residence for 14 days before they are freed.
People who do not want to deal with the two-week isolation period can wait till the state reaches 80 per cent double dose coverage, expected to be in early December.
The state is sitting at 85.3 per cent of the population with one dose of a coronavirus vaccine and 74.5 per cent have rolled their sleeves up for both jabs.

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