Australian PMs Call for Transparency Confuses Queensland Premier

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has once again called for Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to be transparent about the medical basis upon which she is keeping Queenslands border closed to a number of other states and territories.

He made the remarks follow national cabinet on Friday where borders dominated discussions and the states and territories agreed to work towards defining hotspots with the aim to reopen the borders by Christmas.

As Queensland is heading towards a state election in October, a reporter asked Morrison whether Palaszczuks basis is politics, not health.

Morrison responded, saying: “What Ive always said about states that have made their own decisions about borders is that they obviously need to be transparent in my view, about the basis for those decisions.”

To make a comparison with Queensland, the prime minister pointed out that the national goverment has provided a science-based definition of what a COVID-19 hotspot is in Australia.

“Where states are moving to make different decisions on different criteria, I think its only reasonable not just to me, Im just another Australian its important, I think, more broadly that people understand why they would be taking a different assessment and what medical advice that was based on,” he said.

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Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk speaks during a press conference in Brisbane, Australia on June 16, 2020. (Jono Searle/Getty Images)

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