The Queensland premier is being slammed for allowing hundreds of AFL officials and their families into the state, while families can’t get emergency healthcare across the border.
Today, Queensland is tipped to announce it will be hosting AFL grand final, but the win has been marred over allegations of double standards.
The criticism comes after a Ballina couple expecting twins were told it would take too long to get an exemption to enter Queensland for emergency surgery when needed.
As a result, the family never applied for an exemption to enter the state from a nearby border town and the woman was forced to fly to Sydney with a 16 hour wait before she was able to have surgery.
Tragically, she lost one of the twins.
Today, deputy NSW premier John Barilaro has fired up over the revelation that a plane load of 400 footy officials and their families landed on the Gold Coast late yesterday.
“400 AFL officials from coronavirus central will go across the border into Queensland yet a young family can’t get emergency healthcare across the border,” he told the Today show.
“I think Annastacia Palaszczuk continues to show politics trumps good policy and I think she is undoing all her good work.”
“I don’t get it. I don’t understand why the Premier of Queensland can’t see it. Show some heart.
“Show some ability to understand the impact this is having and understand that that Queensland border is a seamless border.”
He said the situation for residents in border communities had become “a bit of a joke”.
“This is not about just Queensland verse NSW. It is not State of Origin, it is about people,” he said.
Queensland Senator Matt Canavan joined in the pile-on, accusing Ms Palaszczuk of playing “some kind of political State of Origin”.
“We have a pandemic and why is the Queensland Premier putting so much effort into a football game when she hasn’t been able to give adequate health services to people?” Mr Canavan told Today.
“We have had the tragic circumstance in the last week where someone may have lost a child because of the inefficiencies in the border controls, and Annastacia Palaszczuk is out there playing some kind of political State of Origin with this crisis rather than focusing on the real issue.
“Fix the community transmission in Brisbane, fix our borders.”