Over the strict border closure, the NSW Health Minister has stepped up his attacks on the Queensland Premier, calling her “cruel” for holding Australians apart.
Before the ‘border clock’ is reset by Queensland, NSW is racing against the clock to trace three new locally acquired COVID-19 cases.
Queensland authorities have declined to budge on the condition that, before opening the border, NSW must have 28 days of no unknown group transmission.
Yesterday, Queensland gave NSW 48 hours to connect the new cases to known sources and stay on track for the re-opening of the November 1 border.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk extended the deadline by another day this morning.
“There’s another 24 hours for them to look at where those cases came from,” Premier Palaszczuk said.
“[I’m] looking forward to what the Premier of NSW has got to say.
“We hope NSW gets on top of those cases very quickly.”
But Brad Hazzard, the NSW Minister of Health, said he was fed up with the continuing border war and made an appeal for sympathy.
I”I’m over it … I’ve got to say I think Premier Palaszczuk is being political — she is being cruel,” he said.
“I think it’s time that this pettiness was put aside and we move forward. We’re all Australians.”
He was continuously receiving requests from NSW residents facing “some very sad situations” and anxious to reunite with family across the border, Mr. Hazzard said.
“The range of circumstances that families need to gather together … to give each other caring support is just enormous.”