How long will Queensland stay closed to the southern states?

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Travellers from the southern states won’t feel the Queensland sun on their faces for quite a while – or at least until both states record no more community coronavirus transmissions.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the state’s borders would remain closed until NSW and Victoria control all local infections, reported Travel Weekly.

“I think we’re going to continue to see restrictions in Victoria up until Christmas time,” said Ms Palaszczuk.

“That’s very unfortunate for people living there but it’s a serious situation.”

While Victoria’s active cases, case rate and infection rate are dropping, the situation in NSW – and indeed in both states – still remains uncertain.

Cases in NSW have been both locally acquired and from returned travellers.

The case rate in Victoria may be going down, but the death rate is holding steady.

The coronavirus is still bubbling away in both states.

But improvements in both states would need to be much more than just that, says Ms Palaszczuk, adding that putting the health of Queenslanders first was her top priority.

“You only have to look at what’s happening around the world and we definitely don’t want to see that happening here,” she said.

Police along Queensland’s borders have been kept busy keeping the wrong crowd out.

The state’s deputy commissioner, Steve Gollschewski, told reporters it was a busy long weekend, as thousands travelled by air and road.

“132 flights came into the state, 7230 passengers were processed … 19 were refused entry and 740 were placed into quarantine,” he said.

“At our road borders, we saw 8861 vehicles intercepted, with 594 people turned around … we quarantined 27 people from the road border.

“We’re still seeing large numbers of people trying to get into the state that cannot lawfully do so.”

Though the news is tough to take for Queensland’s tourism operators, economist Nick Behrens from Queensland Economic Advocacy Solutions said that while NSW, ACT and Victoria are hotspots, it was still economically wise to keep borders closed.

He said the economic hit from reintroducing restrictions in Queensland would be greater than the economic benefit of an open border for interstate tourists.

“The border really should be able to be open and shut on a fairly adaptive basis … [it] needs to be nimble, it needs to be able to open and close efficiently,” he said.

“Above all else, it needs to be effective when it is closed.

“It’s probably very prudent at the moment to have a closed border with both NSW and Victoria.”

However, keeping borders closed for prolonged periods will not help tourism in the state, said Queensland Tourism Industry Council chief executive Daniel Gschwind.

“We hope that the other borders can be open a lot sooner than Christmas, that’s for sure,” he said.

“We’re hopeful that the measures will be more targeted very soon, because it seems this virus will be around for some time.

“We have to really start living, to some extent, with the prospect of having cases here and there without shutting everything down.”

How long can you hold out? Do you live in Queensland? Are you happy the borders are staying shut? What about southerners – do you think the hard lockdown is reasonable?

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    It has been great here in Queensland hope the ban is extended to about 2030.

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      Selfish attitude, right now it’s so important we work together so everybody is OK.

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      OK Nerk, I presume your family is in Qld and you have a safe income. – Or at least you think you do.

      Anyone in a government job or who receives government welfare is walking a fine line as to the sustainability of the available money in the Government purse.

      All our income comes from those in private industry generating produce. What you are saying is, “Zip up my mouth because I don’t need to eat any more.” Well guess what will happen long before 2030.

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      Nerk I see the state is now getting the disease and maybe a Pineapple head like you may get it . You can stick Queensland up you you know what for me I will never go there too many dickheads like you

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      Very short sight of you as a lot of your towns and businesses would rely on the tourists coming in, which would mean that they close down through lack of business which mean oops shod closing locals getting unemployed, which means you will be call half of your state dole bludgers and then you can complain that we haven’t got good services anymore

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      I agree keep the borders closed. I don’t get to physically see my family and I haven’t attended funerals. In fact I haven’t seen many people at all. It only took one person to start this from China or where it started, WE have to work on keeping each state safe before bringing down the borders then the country before we can even think of opening internationally. So keep the borders up until each state clears the virus and bit by bit we will open up. People need to think of the long plan than selfishly their own freedom. I for one will do the right thing , I wont risk other peoples lives by going to a rally or going on a interstate trip. The Spanish flu took 2 years before it was defeated. This will take longer especially if borders open,

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    Have just extended our stay in Cairns by another three weeks. I have mixed feelings about the border closures; on one hand Govt workers and pensioners have not much to worry about, the money keeps rolling in but on the other hand a walk through the city here shows a place on its knees, lots of shops closed, never to open again ‘for lease or sale’ signs everywhere. We are spending our money saved for a trip to Europe right here and I think that is the aim of the stimulus money. Looking forward to open borders again with lock down in place in suburbs with clusters.

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      The only thing that will pay those pensioners and government workers is the taxes raised from tax payers earning money.

      We had a plan to flatten the curve. We did that. Every business she has collapsed is not just bricks and mortar. People will lose their homes many will not have jobs to go back to.

      Yes, we need to protect the elderly however there must be a way to do it without ruining our children’s lives.

      As for family across State border its almost a case of “Grandma who?” and in some cases, “Dad?”.

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      Mariner, you are doing what many Queenslanders are doing at the moment which is holidaying within the State. This is a boon for local tourism. Personally, I’m glad the borders are closed to visitors as I would hate to be in the position of Victoria. Also, it’s annoying how there is a focus on the closing of Qld border when Tasmania, WA, NT are also closed and SA is partially closed

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      Good on you Mariner. Very true Sundays.

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      Sundays still a left wing Bludger on the pension no doubt you lot will be put on food stamps soon and then I will laugh

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      What a horrible person Robo. No wonder this world is becoming so Cruel and selfish.

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    Ms Palaszczuk. How many words to describe her actions during this pandemic? Pull the plug on the States free loans from the Federal government and let’s see how they start paying parliament and all the government employees.

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      Latest surveys show 85% f Queenslanders disagree with you

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      85%? Shall we wait for the election.
      If you are going to do a true poll then you would have to exclude anyone whose job if being paid by or supplemented by the government. Because that money has to be repaid and no doubt it will be private industry who will and are being hit hardest first.

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    I live in Queensland, in a small country town too, and my mother lives in NSW. She is up in our state now touring (She got in just before they closed this time) so we will see her. Once she goes back to NSW I can only see her if I quarantine on return.
    More critically my mother in law (aged 95 and not in good health) is in WA. Hubby really wants to see her before she shuffles off, but that might be impossible.
    I think that us states which have zero or very few cases, should open up to each other. Mainly cos HWMBO wants to fly to WA!
    Bring on the vaccine!

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    The curious aspect of this virus is that no one can explain the spreading process…lots of suggestions and restrictions but no clear explanations. NZ boasted 102 clear days then suffered an unexplained outbreak. Qld ,despite the restrictions , now has and unexplained outbreak. Better safe than sorry. Perhaps media need to focus more on how we can,as a society look after ourselves rather than the daily serve of footballers’ woes.

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      There is still a lot of global travel. The cargo ships are still delivering goods to Australia. There is a lot of international travel from returning Australian’s into Hotel quarantine. The BLM marches didn’t help. There is also an element in the community who would like to see our economy brought to its knees.

      Apart from Victoria its time to open up the country again and start making it productive.

      We have a plan to stamp out small bush fires as they occur. Let’s stick to that instead of working on the bare earth principle.

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    Nerk, Robo stop it both of you. You are both behaving like tired Year 2 students. Queensland has so far been lucky. We have escaped the ravages of Covid19 by a whisker and we are not out of the woods yet. Our main advantage has been the rapid closure of our borders and the widespread public response to the modification of behaviour. Are we happy? No but seeing the obvious advantages we have been afforded compared with NSW and Victoria we are grateful. In case anyone missed it THIS IS A PANDEMIC caused by a highly infectious and erratic virus. People are dying and others are being left with untreatable injuries.It is affecting not only the elderly but every age bracket. This is not the time for a holiday regardless of the weather. Stay home, stay safe and discourage any further spread of this dreadful virus. EVERYONE is hurting including the States behind the closed borders. Now is not the time for selfish “us” but thoughtful “we” and the situation is not helped by pointless slanging matches or barbed digs. We are stuck with what we have , so let’s just get on with it , shall we?

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    As a Qld based self funded retiree, I and my family (all of whom are employed) strongly support the Qld Govt’s stance of following the experts in relation to border closures, rather than pandering to the plethora of self interested groups & pseudo Economists and National responsibility avoiding Politicians.

    Govts. have the difficult job of balancing the health & well being of the people against the economic strength of the State/Nation.

    I would expect the left of centre to bias towards People & right of centre to bias towards the needs of Capital. Having studied Tertiary level Economics & maintained a lifelong interest in the discipline I certainly understand the need for a strong economy to support the needs of our Society. There is no way that the economy can prosper in the long term if the workforce at all levels succumbs to an un-managed virus.

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    ACT a hot spot. I don’t know what definition Queensland is using for a hot spot, maybe one case in the last 100 years???? for ACT and higher numbers elsewhere. Being serious it is more than six weeks since the last case in Canberra – longer than any other State or Territory.

    Desribing Canberra as a hotspot is simply yet again another case of mindless Canberra bashing by States wanting to score political points at the expense of the people who happen to live here.

    I don’t plan on spending my money in Queensland when clearly they are not welcoming guests from the ACT. I will spend my money overseas when that option reopens.

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      Proof of identity as a resident of the ACT should not be beyond the intellectual capabilites of a State Premier. All one needs to do is to show the airline check in staff photographic evidence of ACT residence – quick simple and not so easy to forge.

      This is much better way of ensuring that people from NSW didn’t use ACT as a back door entry rather than banning all ACT residents because they are in a COVID19 hotspot which has had zero cases in more than six weeks.

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    My personal view is that border closures are a necessary precaution to keep the spread of the virus under control. Notwithstanding the comments of various business persons, including the cane toad from North Qld, and the leprechaun from Sydney, I would not like to see rich persons wealth take precedence over poor peoples health. In the meantime I will accept my temporary inability to travel more than 5km from home as my contribution to the battle against Covid-19.

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    Keep borders closed as long as needed, we can survive a recession , we can’t a pandemic.

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