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Australia Former Labor premier Peter Beattie calls for Queensland to follow NSW

00:26  27 october  2020
00:26  27 october  2020 Source:   9news.com.au

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Former Queensland premier Peter Beattie has dropped a bombshell in the state's election campaign by calling for the state to follow NSW and reopen its borders.

Labor stalwart Mr Beattie told Today that Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk should change her hard border strategy to save the state's economy.

Mr Beattie said the NSW Coalition government had showed how effective contact tracing could contain the virus and the objective now should be saving jobs and kickstarting the economy.

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a police car parked in a parking lot: Police check vehicle details on the NSW-Queensland border on the Gold Coast. Former premier Peter Beattie is worried border closuress will cost more jobs. © Nine Police check vehicle details on the NSW-Queensland border on the Gold Coast. Former premier Peter Beattie is worried border closuress will cost more jobs.

"There is a huge job loss going on in Australia and whoever wins the election has to pick up the pieces."

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"Queensland has to have an economy to grow. A lot of people are leaving Brisbane and going into the regions. That's great. Same is happening in NSW. But there is a loss in the major cities and that's largely where our population is.

"So, if Queensland wants to have a lot of people out of Sydney coming to put jobs in the Gold Coast, Cairns, Townsville, now is the time to change the strategy."


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Mr Beattie said Ms Palaszczuk had been correct to follow a hard border policy earlier this year but Australia's falling case numbers demanded a change of tack.

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Annastacia Palaszczuk standing in front of a building: Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on the campaign trail ahead of Saturday's election. © Nine Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on the campaign trail ahead of Saturday's election.

"This is not about Western Australia or Queensland. It is about Australia.

"We need a debate that says come on Australia, we have found out how to manage this. The best way is by contact tracing.

"We have largely got the virus under control. Let's talk about the future."

Ms Palaszczuk has previously said she plans to re-open the state to NSW on Sunday November 1, provided there were no mystery cases, but has not yet confirmed the move.

She is now expected to announce when, and if, the border will re-open on Friday- the eve of the Queensland election.


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