Sam Armytage blasts ‘astounding’ Queensland border debacle – as she slams Annastacia Palaszczuk for ‘playing the bullying card’ in incredible stoush with the prime minister

Samantha Armytage has slammed Annastacia Palaszczuk for ‘playing the bullying card’ after she refused to let a woman leave hotel quarantine for her father’s funeral.

The Sunrise host said she was ‘astounded’ by the Queensland border debacle as she was joined by One Nation MP Mark Latham and former premier of Victoria Jeff Kennett on Friday morning. 

‘I was astounded and I watched the news last night and I saw Annastacia Palaszczuk play the bullying card,’ Armytage said.

‘Scott Morrison got involved in this situation… He shouldn’t have had to but he did.’ 

Sarah Caisip is pictured with her father Bernard Prendergast, 11-year-old sister Isobel Prendergast and mother Myrna Prendergast. The 26-year-old was denied a quarantine exemption from the Queensland government to attend her father's funeral in Brisbane on Thursday

Sarah Caisip is pictured with her father Bernard Prendergast, 11-year-old sister Isobel Prendergast and mother Myrna Prendergast. The 26-year-old was denied a quarantine exemption from the Queensland government to attend her father’s funeral in Brisbane on Thursday

Ms Palaszczuk lashed out at Mr Morrison in Parliament after the phone call, claiming he tried to intimidate and bully her into bending the rules for Ms Caisip

Ms Palaszczuk lashed out at Mr Morrison in Parliament after the phone call, claiming he tried to intimidate and bully her into bending the rules for Ms Caisip

The prime minister called the premier to ask for an exemption to allow Sarah Caisip to join her family at her father Bernard’s memorial service in Brisbane on Thursday.

Despite Mr Morrison’s input, the 26-year-old Canberra-based nurse was denied the chance to join her grieving family and instead had a private viewing on her own after the funeral.

Ms Palaszczuk lashed out at Mr Morrison in Parliament after the phone call, claiming he tried to intimidate and bully her into bending the rules for Ms Caisip. 

Mr Morrison responded to her claims on Sky News on Thursday night. 

‘I don’t really care what they say about me,’ Mr Morrison said.

‘It’s not about me. It’s not about her. It was about Sarah. It was about Isobel. It was about Myrna. And and it was about Bernard [Ms Caisip’s family]. That’s the only stuff that mattered today.

The Sunrise host said she was 'astounded' by the Queensland border debacle as she was joined by One Nation MP Mark Latham and former premier of Victoria Jeff Kennett on Friday morning

The Sunrise host said she was ‘astounded’ by the Queensland border debacle as she was joined by One Nation MP Mark Latham and former premier of Victoria Jeff Kennett on Friday morning

Mr Prendergast's family and friends are seen at his funeral service in Brisbane on Thursday

Mr Prendergast’s family and friends are seen at his funeral service in Brisbane on Thursday

‘It wasn’t about borders. It wasn’t about whether they should be up or down. It wasn’t even about jobs today. And jobs are incredibly important, as you know. But this was just one day I had hoped that something different could be done.’

Armytage said it was ‘beyond comprehension’ that Ms Caisip was denied the chance to attend the funeral. 

‘The extra trauma that has been put on to that poor young woman, not only in losing her father during this time, but not being able to attend his funeral,’ she said.

‘I just feel so desperately for this girl and her family.

‘It is beyond comprehension that this would happen here at in Australia.’

 More to come 

Sarah Caisip is seen wearing a face mask and shield. She was granted permission to see her father's body but not attend the funeral

Sarah Caisip is seen wearing a face mask and shield. She was granted permission to see her father’s body but not attend the funeral

Armytage said it was 'beyond comprehension' that Ms Caisip (pictured) was denied the chance to attend the funeral. 'The extra trauma that has been put on to that poor young woman, not only in losing her father during this time, but not being able to attend his funeral,' she said

Armytage said it was ‘beyond comprehension’ that Ms Caisip (pictured) was denied the chance to attend the funeral. ‘The extra trauma that has been put on to that poor young woman, not only in losing her father during this time, but not being able to attend his funeral,’ she said

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