Labor MPs back more border confusion


Queensland’s tourism sector will continue to face weeks of job-destroying confusion after the Palaszczuk Labor Government voted down an LNP motion on its border shambles.

Tabling tonight’s motion condemning the Premier’s mixed messages on the border, LNP Leader Deb Frecklington repeated her call for Labor to stop flattening the economy.

“When Queensland’s border was closed back in March, we were told it was to flatten the curve,” Ms Frecklington said.

“The curve is flat. Now it’s time for Labor to stop flattening our economy.

“Labor’s border shambles are ripping the guts out of the economy of key tourism hotspots like the Gold Coast, Cairns, the Whitsundays and the Sunshine Coast.

“The Premier’s mixed messages are closing businesses and costing jobs.

“Tourism workers do not understand why the Palaszczuk Labor Government is destroying their livelihoods.

“They want to keep Queensland safe, like everyone else – but they want to have jobs too.

“Every day there is a non-decision on the interstate border is closing businesses and costing jobs across Queensland.

“You don’t protect Queenslanders by destroying their jobs.”

Ms Frecklington said the Prime Minister and his Chief Medical Officer both believe that it is safe to open interstate borders.

“The Premier should listen to our Prime Minister,” Ms Frecklington said.

“The Premier should also take a look at the roadmap her own government published that says interstate travel will be allowed from July 10.

“Labor has no plan, no budget and no certainty for re-opening the interstate border.

“I want to get Queensland working again and that means reopening this state on July 10.”

The LNP motion was lost by 34 votes to 45.



This House:

1. Notes the following in relation to border closures

  1. The Prime Minister and Chief Medical Officer have said it is safe to open interstate borders;
  2. Published on 8 May, the Premier’s roadmap says that interstate travel will be permitted from 10 July;
  3. On 18 May that Premier stated “I would say that things would look more positive towards September” and she would give people advice at the end of May;
  4. Last year, 8.1 million interstate visitors travelled to Queensland;
  5. Interstate travellers directly spent over $9.2 billion in Queensland in 2019;
  6. Staggeringly, the Palaszczuk government hasn’t done economic modelling on closing the borders which the Gold Coast Central Chamber of Commerce President Martin Hall said “That is possibly the most ludicrous thing I have ever heard”;
  7. Duffy Down Under Boat Hire owner Gordon Kerr who the Premier has met with said last week the Government was delusional to argue border closures had no impact on business;
  8. Dreamweavers event management chief operating officer John Bond said it “seems ridiculous other states appear to be getting on with business and Queensland isn’t”;
  9. Gold Coast restaurant owner Nuccia Fusco who said “that is not protecting Queenslanders at all by keeping them out of work, on the streets and desperate for money”; and


2. Condemns the Premier for her mixed messages and thought bubbles on the re-opening of the interstate border that has closed business and cost jobs across Queensland.

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