Premier still won’t talk about borders, but happy to tease NSW over Origin

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is yet to talk with her NSW counterpart about opening the border to Sydneysiders, but has teased Gladys Berejiklian about the State of Origin.

Nov 05, 2020, updated Nov 05, 2020
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. (Photo: AAP Image/Darren England)

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. (Photo: AAP Image/Darren England)

Palaszczuk says she will make a call on the border closure to the NSW capital and the whole of Victoria at the end of the month.

Visitors from elsewhere in Australia can freely enter Queensland without needing to quarantine for 14 days.

Berejiklian says she reached out to Palaszczuk to congratulate her on being re-elected on Sunday. The NSW premier says she also asked to have a conversation about reopening the border.

“I’ve tried. I reached out to her and congratulated her and asked to have that conversation,” Berejiklian told the Nine Network’s Today Show on Thursday.

Palaszczuk’s office said she received a congratulatory text but it contained no requests to talk about the border.

It’s understood the Queensland Premier replied to the message after the Maroons’ win over the NSW Blues in the State of Origin on Wednesday night.

“Queenslander,” the Premier wrote.

Queensland recorded no new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, with eight active cases in the state.

Victoria has recorded no new cases and no deaths for the sixth straight day, the state’s health department says.

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NSW recorded two new cases but both were people in hotel quarantine after returning from overseas.

Berejiklian said on Wednesday that NSW would open its border to Victoria on November 23

She called on Palaszczuk and West Australian Premier Mark McGowan to think about citizens hurt or stressed by border closures.

“The economic devastation which will be caused unnecessarily is not worth the pain,” the NSW Premier said.

“And both she and the WA premier really need to sit up and think about Australia. Think about their citizens and citizens across Australia who are suffering because of their decisions.”


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