State leader “sick” by opposition to blockade at Queensland border


Queensland Deputy Leader Steven Miles protests border COVID restrictions after more than 1,000 residents from Coolangatta and Tweed gather to protest strict border restrictions Labeled it “shameful recklessness”.

Deputy Prime Minister Miles said the protests were very “not like Queensland.”

“We got over this because Queenslander is doing the right thing. We kept each other safe,” he told reporters. “I went to a lot of protests, I organized a lot of protests, I love good protests, but now is not the time for protests, especially at the border.”

“The border is our most dangerous place so far. We need to look at the situation in New South Wales, just as we have seen the situation in other countries through this pandemic,” he added. rice field.

“By protesting there, they endangered the safety of our police, endangered their own safety, and they endangered the security of their communities,” he said. “Frankly, I’m pretty sick of it.”

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The vehicle will stop at a checkpoint on the Pacific Highway on the border between Queensland and New South Wales in Brisbane on April 15, 2020. (Via Patrick Hamilton / AFP / AFP, Getty Images)

Residents of the area regularly access services across state borders. However, on Friday night, a week after the entire state of New South Wales entered the blockade, new restrictions were put in place to contain the spread of the delta variant of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the new coronavirus. Introduced.

Most cases occur in the Greater Sydney area, about 800 km away, and sporadically occur in this area. In the northern region of New South Wales, which is closest to the border, there are no active cases except for a man who traveled from Sydney to Byron Bay last month and his two teenage children.

Border restrictions have also suspended all individuals entering Queensland, except for individuals who are considered essential workers for skilled construction, agriculture, or medical care. You also need to prove that Queensland residents are unable to work.

Participants also need to prove that they have been vaccinated at least once.

Dr. Janet Young, Queensland’s Chief Health Officer, said that only those who thought “true, absolutely, very essential” would cross the border.

“You have to be someone who can’t find that skill set in Queensland.” She told reporters.. “It’s very tight.”

Miles upheld the Queensland Government’s decision that crossing borders was a “privilege.”

“I think anyone who expected access to that privilege should be able to get the vaccine. I don’t ask too many questions,” he said.

The Government of New South Wales also discontinued the proposal to move the border further south, saying Deputy Prime Minister John Barilaro “when you move that border, the edge of the cliff becomes another border of another community.” ..

“When you start splitting NSW, you have more problems than you actually solve,” he told reporters.

Meanwhile, on weekends, Australians from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth held rallies against tightening regulations by the government.

Anti-blocking protesters violate COVID-19 restrictions for rallying in Melbourne
Protesters can be seen marching and raising flags in Melbourne, Australia, on August 21, 2021. (Getty Images)

A rally participant from Pottsville, northern New South Wales, said border restrictions cut off her work.

“I was working [across the border]And now that my source of income has been cut off, I have been forced to rely on the government, “she told ABC.

“It’s really, really painful, and we’re angry — we’re angry with our government.”

Tourism is a major industry in the region, and interstate highways are a major driver of business.

Hillary Jacobs, chairman of the Greater Southern Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce, which covers the Coolangatta-Tweed region, said the company is suffering.

“Last year it was really strong that we were all heading in the same direction,” she told ABC.

“Team Australia no longer exists. We are now building an empire. We need to remember that those empire builders started talking to each other and we are one Australia.”

Daniel Y. Ten