The opposition leader has fired back at comments from Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk, who suggested that the federal government wanted to “give Queenslanders COVID for Christmas” following a debacle over PCR tests.
Opposition leader in Queensland, David Crisafulli, described the PCR test debate between the state and the federal government as a “very embarrassing day” and called Annastacia Palaszczuk out for her outrageous comment, accusing the Commonwealth of “wanting to give Queensland COVID for Christmas” .
Ms Palaszczuk and Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt have come to a standstill in recent days after a dispute over whether a PCR test certificate would cost a traveler $ 150 to obtain, or whether a free sms result would be sufficient before entering in Sunshine State.
Hunt confirmed that a text message was substantial enough, with the prime minister responding to Twitter, saying she “welcomed” efforts by the federal government to fund half the cost of a PCR test.
But Mr Hunt shot back, saying it was a “false claim” and that the Commonwealth had always funded 50 percent of the swab, demanding that Palaszczuk apologize for causing “unnecessary stress” to domestic travelers and residents who returned back to Queensland.
The Queensland Premier said that while she was happy the issue was resolved, she accused the federal government of “wanting to give the Queenslanders COVID for Christmas”.
“The federal government wanted to scrap the PCR test altogether,” she said.
“It would never be what we wanted … why did the federal government want the Queenslanders to get COVID for Christmas, they wanted to scrap the PCR test.
Crisafulli described Mrs Palaszczuk’s response as “outrageous”.
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“Now, I’m sorry, but that’s not an appropriate comment from a Prime Minister,” he told Sky News Australia on Wednesday night.
“It was a very, very embarrassing day for our state, and for all your viewers who are interstate, you should know that you are welcome here.
“We have a government at the moment that does not know how to put it, but we want to see you, we want you to be part of our family, we want to see you at Christmas time, and we want to stay. fighting with beaks and claws to make sure that happens. “
He insisted the Palaszczuk government was “trying to fit an agenda” by telling its residents it would keep them safe by “throwing $ 150” at those caught across borders.
Sir. Crisafulli also targeted Deputy Prime Minister Steven Miles for his “childhood jokes” and “blame everyone”, including the media, after his government failed to give a clear message.
Miles said the federal government’s intervention was an “orchestrated campaign to confuse people” and suggested that the media was to blame for reporting that it would cost residents and holidaymakers hundreds of dollars to enter Queensland.
“We never hovered it, there was never a message from the state government that it would cost people,” he said.
“We were asked if people would need the test when we were presented with the argument that in some cases it would cost people money, and we said they would still require that test.”
Residents and those traveling can now enter Queensland but must be fully vaccinated, give a negative PCR test 72 hours before flying to an airport and must isolate themselves in suitable accommodation for 14 days before being released .
People who do not want to deal with the two-week isolation period can wait until the state reaches 80 percent double-dose coverage, which is expected to be in early December.
The state sits on 85.3 percent of the population with one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, and 74.5 percent have rolled up their sleeves for both jabs.