Queensland’s deputy premier criticises NSW leaders for ‘going rogue’ and not following the Covid four-phase plan to the letter – but fails to spell out a roadmap for HIS state
- Deputy Premier Steven Miles said NSW leaders deviated from reopening plans
- NSW leader Dominic Perrottet said borders would reopen on November 1
- According to the national plan, November 14 was pegged as the reopening date
- Mr Miles hopes Queenslands borders will be open again by Christmas
The deputy premier of Queensland has fired shots at NSW for ‘going rogue’ and not following the national reopening plan once vaccination targets are met.
Deputy Premier Steven Miles announced at a press conference on Sunday that 72 per cent of Sunshine State residents have had their first dose of a Covid vaccine, with no new infections recoded overnight.
When asked what would happen when the state reaches its 70 or 80 per cent double-dosed milestones, Mr Miles said the government was ‘still working those details through’.
He told reporters that Queensland authorities are committed to the national plan that says states can start opening up on November 14, once they reach vaccine targets – the same national plan he said NSW leaders ‘abandoned’.
Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles (pictured on Sunday) said NSW leaders went abandoned the national reopening plan
‘The prime minister’s so-called national plan is in tatters now, thanks to his buddy in NSW going off script, going rogue,’ Mr Miles said.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet appeared to take the federal government by surprise on Friday when he declared that vaccination international arrivals would be allowed to enter his state without any form of quarantine from November 1 – two weeks ahead of the national plan.
‘We can’t live here in a hermit kingdom,’ the premier said.
‘We’ve got to open up, and this decision today is a big one, but it is the right one to get NSW connected globally.’
Last week, Premier Dominic Perrottet declared that vaccination international arrivals would be allowed to enter his state without any form of quarantine from November 1. Pictured: People gathering at the races in Sydney on October 16 amid eased restrictions
Restrictions have been eased in NSW, with only 301 new Covid cases announced on Sunday morning
Prime Minister Scott Morrison was quick to smack the announcement down and said international arrivals would be limited to Australian citizens who have had both jabs.
‘We are not opening up to everyone coming back to Australia at the moment,’ he said.
‘I want to be clear about that. We will take this forward in stages as we have done in all these things. It is for the commonwealth and federal government to decide when the border opens and shuts at an international level and we will do that.’
The national leader also said NSW was able to drift away from the plan because more than 80 per cent of the state is fully-vaccinated, and 91 per cent of residents have had their first dose.
On Friday, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet (pictured) said Australians can’t ‘ live here in a hermit kingdom’
Mr Miles told reporters on Sunday that people in NSW likely raced out to get the jab because it was the only way harsh lockdowns would be lifted.
So far, about 52 per cent of Sunshine State residents have had both doses of a Covid vaccine.
The premier said he had ‘some confidence’ that Queensland would reach the 80 per cent threshold soon, adding: ‘I would love to see the border open by Christmas’.
‘We just need Queenslanders to come out and get vaccinated,’ Mr Miles said.
‘The sooner we can get Queenslanders vaccinated the sooner we can adjust restrictions.’
Mask rules are still in place in Queensland, along with capacity limits for venues, outdoor events, and inside homes.
Last week, visiting restrictions lifted for hospitals, aged care and correctional facilities.