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I am still very concerned that the Australian defence force, through the federal government, is withdrawing resources from the end of September. I have been advised that the Australian defence force will remain on the New South Wales and Victoria border until mid-October, Northern Territory [to the[ end of October and South Australia [to the] middle of October, and South Australia is trying, I understand, to extend that to the end of October.
I don’t think it is fair or reasonable that Queensland has been singled out here.
I had written to the prime minister. I had a response back from the minister for defence where it states very clearly that they would not be moving on Queensland.
Let me be very clear too: Peter Dutton said yesterday he does not support Queensland’s position on the borders.
To Peter Dutton, let me say this: there is a federal court case, this is a clear federal court case, that says Western Australia and Queensland borders have kept community transmission out of their states. Queensland joined that action with Western Australia, and of course that position was won over … over Clive Palmer, and the commonwealth’s evidence was also taken into account.
So my question is: why is Queensland being singled out? We are one country. Other states are allowed to have some relaxations, and once again I urge the commonwealth to reconsider and treat Queensland like everyone else.
Stop singling Queensland out.
I want the best for the people in this state. My job is to look after five million Queenslanders and you only have to look at our results. Queensland is doing a mighty job and that is because of everyone working together. And I don’t want to see – I know the police do an amazing job of making sure that the borders will continue – but in this circumstance I would’ve hoped that we could all work together in the interests of everyone during this time.