‘I begrudge her’: Gladys Berejiklian explodes at Annastacia Palaszczuk over border closure – as Queensland records EIGHT new coronavirus cases and hospital cluster grows
- NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has slammed Queensland over border closure
- Ms Berejiklian questioned why border remains shut with low COVID-19 numbers
- Eight new coronavirus cases were recorded in Queensland on Wednesday
- Queensland’s Annastacia Palaszczuk has said state’s border is to remain closed
Queensland has recorded eight new coronavirus cases overnight, the state’s biggest daily rise in nearly five months, including three more workers from Ipswich Hospital.
The other five cases were members of the same family who were under quarantine in a household when they were diagnosed. These cases are linked to the cluster at the Queensland Correctional Services Academy.
The spike in cases follows New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian admitting she ‘does begrudge’ the Queensland premier of her decision to keep the southern border shut.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (pictured) has said she has no intention of opening her state’s border this month
Speaking on Today on Wednesday, Ms Berejiklian said there was no health basis to keeping the border shut.
‘I do begrudge her because the situation has got very low community transmission,’ Ms Berejikilian said.
‘And NSW has shown that you can have open borders.’
Tensions between the two leaders have been simmering for months over Queensland’s decision to keep the southern border shut.
Ms Berejiklian said a number of Queensland residents were in New South Wales hotels under quarantine with COVID-19.
She said if NSW had high numbers like Victoria then closing the border was a sensible measure, however, state’s with a confident health system and low numbers should not be isolated.
Speaking on Today on Wednesday, Ms Berejiklian (pictured) said there was no health basis to keeping the Queensland border shut
‘When the case numbers are so low at this stage and yes, it’s a daily battle, why would you close your borders? Why would you hurt your businesses and jobs in your own state?’
The eight new cases in Queensland brings the number of active cases in the state to 29.
Since the pandemic began there have been 1143 confirmed cases in the state, six of therm deadly.
Ms Palaszczuk told parliament on Wednesday morning that despite the jump in cases there was no need to be alarmed and credited the state’s ‘professional testing system’ and ‘vigilant’ residents.
‘We have had remarkable success in containing the virus.’ she said.
Ms Berejiklian has previously hinted that Ms Palaszczuk was not returning her calls over the border issue but backtracked on Wednesday morning.
‘I have had conversations with her. Yes, I have spoken to her but we also have these conversations at length at National Cabinet,’ Ms Berejiklian said.
The NSW Premier said one of her concerns was the Australian economy as a whole and ‘with Victoria out of action’ other states need to step up.
‘Normally NSW and Victoria subsidises the smaller states with GST and other things, so what is going to happen in six months or a year if our economies aren’t able to function in a reasonable rate?’.
Motorists are stopped at a checkpoint at Coolangatta on the Queensland-NSW border in August
The Queensland government has been accused of disrupting people’s lives with their tough border closures (pictured, the border checkpoint with NSW on August 7)