Karl fires up in defence of Qld border restrictions

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s strong stance on borders has been defended by Today host Karl Stefanovic.

It comes as National Cabinet meets on Friday to discuss the contentious issue of hotspot definitions.

Ms Palaszczuk, who will face an election on October 31, is refusing to reopen the borders to NSW, ACT and Victorian residents unless states can prove 28 days without community transmission to the dismay of the Federal Government.

“I’m personally finding the pile on of Annastacia Palaszczuk right now a little hard to understand,” Stefanovic said on Friday.

“From what I can see Annastacia is doing what she was elected to do, fiercely protect her state.

“When you look at the terrible impact of COVID in Victoria who can blame her?”

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says he’s happy with the AFL grand final being held in Queensland. But says there shouldn’t be an exception to the quarantine rules for executives coming in to the state. Picture: NCA NewsWire /Gary RamageSource:News Corp Australia

But the sentiment didn’t sit well with Home Affairs Minister and Queenslander Peter Dutton, who warned that if the state waited for zero cases it would go “broke”.

“Karl, we are on the same page here. I don’t have any problem with borders being closed if that’s the recommendation of the health authorities, but in Queensland it’s not,” he said.

“The trouble at the moment is that we have got a situation that is all political and we are seeing a lot of people suffer.

“Businesses will close, those jobs won‘t be there, so we have got to think about what’s happening today, but what happens over the next six months and the borders closed at the moment means complete devastation for families in Queensland and there is no reason for it.”

Mr Dutton went on to say that the mental health issues alone should prompt borders to reopen as soon as possible.

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