Border chaos will cost Queensland jobs

Tuesday 19 May, 2020

The Palaszczuk Labor Government’s total confusion on when Queensland’s borders will open will destroy jobs in the state’s struggling tourism sector, the LNP said today.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said the Premier’s statement that interstate borders may not open until September had sent a shockwave through the economy.

Ms Frecklington said interstate borders should be open in July, in line with the state’s previously released roadmap.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government caused chaos when it closed our borders via Twitter in March,” Ms Frecklington.

“Now Labor is causing even more pain for border communities and our economy.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government cannot even agree among themselves when the border will re-open.

“The Chief Medical Officer says July and the Premier says September.

“The Tourism Minister was reportedly shocked to learn of the Premier’s September timetable ­­- and she wasn’t the only one.

“Queensland’s tourism sector has been stunned by Labor’s border shambles.

“There is a slim booking window open right now and the Premier is slamming it shut.

“Tourists won’t plan a holiday in Queensland if they don’t even know the border will be open.

“Queensland could lose millions of tourists and tens of thousands of jobs because of the chaos caused by the Premier’s mixed messages.

“The State Government’s roadmap told Queenslanders that interstate borders will open in July and that’s what should happen.

“Re-opening the border is a key step towards restarting the economy and protecting jobs.”

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