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Australia Delays likely at Queensland border ahead of long weekend

01:15  02 october  2020
01:15  02 october  2020 Source:   9news.com.au

Queensland government loosened border restrictions due to ‘concerns’ about losing seats

  Queensland government loosened border restrictions due to ‘concerns’ about losing seats One Nation leader Pauline Hanson says the reason Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and the Labor Party are softening up on tough border restrictions is because internal polling has revealed they may lose seats in the upcoming state election. © Provided by Sky News Australia It comes after the Queensland government opened its border to ACT residents and announced it will be relaxing its border to parts of northern New South Wales from October 1.

Lengthy delays at the border will be caused by necessary police checks. Passengers must ensure they have an up-to-date border pass. Queensland police said while not every vehicle would be inspected at the border , it was expected some passengers would be carrying outdated passes and would need

Police patrol checkpoint to prevent spread of coronavirus but some motorists question whether methods are strict enough.


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Traffic delays are expected along the Queensland border today ahead of the long weekend and school holidays.

The situation is likely to be worse than normal, due to confusion with the border exemption passes and an IT bungle.

Restrictions have now lifted on parts of the NSW Far North Coast, prompting thousands of people to take to the roads.

Queensland could open its borders to ALL of NSW in just two weeks

  Queensland could open its borders to ALL of NSW in just two weeks All NSW residents may be able to enter the sunshine state sooner than expected after no untraceable cases of coronavirus were recorded in the last two weeks. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.

Queensland 's borders have opened to all visitors from states and territories with the exception those from Anyone entering Queensland will need to have a Queensland Border Declaration Pass and must Giant queue waits for go- ahead to cross border . Aerial images show long queues of traffic

Queensland 's southern border is again experiencing significant congestion, with police checking every vehicle with a New South Wales number plate and warning of delays of more than 90 Cars were banked up at the Coolangatta border early this morning as drivers waited to cross into Queensland .

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a busy street filled with lots of traffic: Cars queue as Queensland relaxes hard border restrictions and opens to parts of NSW. © 9News Cars queue as Queensland relaxes hard border restrictions and opens to parts of NSW.

Yesterday – hours after the border rules were relaxed - an estimated 60 per cent of cars were sidelined because people didn't have the correct border declaration pass, due to confusion about the wording.

Delays at the border were also been fuelled by an IT issue which meant seven suburbs were not recognised within the new system.

But that glitch has since been fixed and those trying to get into Queensland from NSW must now apply for a border zone travel pass, the X pass, instead of the previous border resident pass.

While the long weekend is set to give tourism operators in Queensland a welcome boost, borders are not expected to be relaxed with the rest of NSW until at least November 1.

Five NSW local government areas are now allowed back into Queensland, meaning an extra 150,000 residents from those regions can enter the state without needing to quarantine.

The changes came into effect just after 1am yesterday and includes areas including Ballina, Lismore, Byron Bay and Glen Innes.

This also means Queenslanders will now be permitted to enter those NSW locations and return north without having to quarantine.

Queensland will be closed to most of NSW for at least another MONTH .
Queensland's border will remain closed to most of New South Wales for at least another month, Deputy Premier Steven Miles confirmed on Thursday. Pictured: northern NSW residents crossing the border on Thursday morning © Provided by Daily Mail The announcement comes after Queensland opened its borders to about 150,000 more residents from shires in northern NSW 'The nationally agreed-to discussion was that it needed to be linked within 48 hours and we are beyond that time frame now,' Dr Young said.'So it is about easily linking a case.

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