PM’s latest shot at Queensland premier over border closures
QUEENSLAND keeping its borders shut or not confirming opening dates is "holding back jobs" Prime Minister Scott Morrison said as he continues to pile on pressure over the shutdown.
It follows Treasurer Josh Frydenberg revealing that 66,000 jobs will be created and $653 million pumped through the Queensland economy once restrictions are lifted to stage three, including opening the borders.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has continued to point to the states restriction easing road map, which indicates a July 10 opening pending a review at the end of this month, but this week said many Queenslanders "do not want the borders opened".
Mr Morrison said Australia put in "an amazing performance" to flatten the coronavirus curve, but that didn't mean it should stay shut.
"We haven't been going for elimination (of the virus). It's not practical," he told 2GB this morning.
"Businesses should be able to open and employ people. It's holding jobs back."
The Prime Minister acknowledged that "there are people who believe that it's giving them some protection".
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly has said it was never the health advice to shut borders.
Originally published as PM's latest brutal shot at Premier over border closures