“We have made these decisions based on health advice from day one – we are the best performing state in the nation because we acted early and we were hardline about it,” the Transport and Main Roads Minister said.
“Border provisions have been key to us achieving that outcome, an outcome that New South Wales and Victoria haven’t been able to achieve.”
Victoria on Sunday recorded 49 new COVID-19 cases amid what the state’s Deputy Chief Health Officer described as a “second peak”, throwing into doubt any planned reopening of Queensland to southern states.
It’s the “number one area of concern” for Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, but she has not indicated whether the borders might be opened to some states but not others.
“We are going to be giving everything serious consideration,” Ms Palaszczuk said on Saturday.
“The Chief Health Officer (Dr Jeannette Young) will be providing the government with her advice and we’ll be taking on that advice.”
Queensland has flagged July 10 as a potential reopening date. The border arrangements are reviewed at the end of every month, meaning an announcement is expected on Tuesday, June 30.
Under stage three of the Roadmap to Recovery, the government has already announced that from July 10 venues will be able to welcome up to 100 patrons at a time, possibly more if medical advice is favourable.
Dr Young is also set to consider the two-square-metre rule that came out of national cabinet on Friday, according to the Premier.
Despite the situation in Victoria, Queensland’s Liberal National Party opposition has remained firm in its stance: the borders should be opened as soon as possible.
Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington said the government should open the borders at the start of July.
“For the Premier to laugh this question off at her press conference is disrespectful to those Queenslanders whose health and livelihoods are at stake with this decision,” she said on Sunday.
“Businesses have been calling for clarity on the border decision and Annastacia Palaszczuk has been unable to give it.”
Stuart Layt covers health, science and technology for the Brisbane Times. He was formerly the Queensland political reporter for AAP.