Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan.
Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan.

Border closure a ‘huge blow to our tourism sector’

ONE MP has blasted quarantine dodgers in the southeast for the decision to slam Queensland’s borders shut to NSW from Saturday.

Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan was referring to the two women who allegedly flew from Melbourne to Brisbane and allegedly skipped quarantine.

“This decision is the result of deceptive conduct from certain people down south,” Mr Costigan said.

“It’s another example of the southeast letting us down.

“One now wonders if Premier (Annastacia) Palaszczuk will have the courage to impose internal borders north of Gympie, if the situation gets worse, something I advocated for on April 2.

“Whatever the case, this is a huge blow to our tourism sector …”

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Tourism Whitsunday chief executive Tash Wheeler met with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk earlier this year.
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As of 1am this Saturday, all visitors from NSW and ACT will be denied entry except for rare exemptions.

Returning Queenslanders will have to pay for 14 days mandatory hotel quarantine.

Queensland’s chief health officer has declared all of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory as hot spots.

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Premier Palaszczuk said the hard border closure put Queenslanders first.

“I said that when the moment came, I would not hesitate,” she said.

“That moment has arrived.

“Victoria hasn’t improved as we hoped and I won’t wait for New South Wales to get any worse.”


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