Queensland Premier Anastasia Palaszczuk says she’s willing to risk losing the election if that means following the advice of Jeannette Young, Chief Health Officer.
The announcement by the Premier comes after Dr Young was reported to have been under police protection after death threats.
Dr. Young was described by Ms Palaszczuk as one of the most competent women she ever had worked with.
“Her advice has kept Queenslanders safe,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“For some reason, Queensland seems to be singled out when Tasmania and Western Australia have similar restrictions.
“I think it is not right that a public servant of her high standing — and she is regarded as one of the best in the nation — be attacked for giving her clear advice.
“I will always stand up for what I believe to be right in this state.
“I’m putting myself on the line.
“People stop me in the street and tell me they want us to keep doing what we are doing.
“And I am relying on the best medical advice given to me by Dr Young.”