Australia Queensland's deputy premier slams NSW for 'going rogue'

08:41  17 october  2021
08:41  17 october  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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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'.

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'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.'

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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.

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'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.

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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.

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