Queensland State Election 2020

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I’m holidaying in Queensland this Xmas for the first time in many years so our businesses get our patronage, as are many. Many resorts and accommodation are already booked out for the Xmas period.

I work with hospitality providers all over QLD and unfortunately these little windows of being a little busy are a tiny blip on the radar for supporting the industry. Better than nothing but not enough

Especially in FNQ where we are down about 80% where international is a greater %. SE QLD doing a little better but unfortunately VIC and NSW combined represent just under half of all tourism to us there.

It’s a disaster. The only thing keeping business alive is Jobkeeper.

I suspect there is back flip coming on NSW very soon, where the reasoning is so flawed it’s not defendable. And VIC hopefully before Xmas as their cases continue to plummet.
 
The politics between and in Queensland and the federal government are going to get even more tricky after the publication of an open letter by the family used as a political media football around their father’s funeral which became a circus rather than the terribly sad and sombre event it should’ve been: (i’m hoping that those who disagree with any of this don’t feel it appropriate to use the hilarious emoji again on this. I for one don’t get it).

From The Guardian:

The daughter of a Queensland man whose funeral was at the centre of a federal-state brawl about border closures has accused Scott Morrison of using the case to “advance his political agenda”.

Alexandra Prendergast said in an open letter to the prime minister that his actions were “absolutely disrespectful” to families who had not been granted permission to attend relatives’ funerals.

It was “heartbreaking” that the prime minister had “presented himself as being empathetic and understanding” but had not considered the ramifications of his actions for family members, Prendergast said.

Bernard Prendergast’s funeral became the latest battleground in the fight between the federal government and the Queensland premier after it was revealed that one of his daughters, Sarah Caisip, was denied an exemption from hotel quarantine to attend the ceremony.

Caisip lives in the Australian Capital Territory, which has not had a case of Covid-19 for more than two months.

After she spoke to the media about her situation and wrote to the prime minister, Morrison attempted to negotiate an exemption with Annastacia Palaszczuk.

On Thursday, in the Queensland parliament, Palaszczuk said Morrison was attempting to “bully” and “intimidate” her into relaxing border controls after she was asked about the case by the leader of the opposition, Deb Frecklington.

Later the same day, with Prendergast’s funeral scheduled for that afternoon, Morrison went on Sky News and Sydney radio station 2GB pleading for the 26-year-old to be allowed to attend.

Alexandra Prendergast, Bernard’s eldest child, accused the prime minister in her letter of attracting media to her father’s funeral and invading the family’s privacy.

“Mr Morrison, I am extremely disappointed that you have used my family to try and advance your political agenda … Your announcement of my father’s funeral on [radio] prompted a media circus outside the crematorium at which the service was held,” she said.
“I am devastated that the final memories of my father have been marred by the media you have used to prosecute your political agenda.”

Prendergast told Guardian Australia she had learned of Morrison’s involvement only after being confronted by cameras outside the funeral parlour. She said some family were aware of his intervention but she felt she should have been contacted directly.

“I’m his daughter – if anyone should have been told it should have been me. I would never have allowed photos of myself at my father’s funeral to be used by anyone.”

She said she felt Morrison had spoken about the case only to intensify pressure on Palaszczuk.
“He might have considered the implications for the media and the way that he can generate a story, but he didn’t consider the personal implications for the family members attending the funeral,” she said. “That’s really heartbreaking because he has presented himself as being empathetic and understanding, but he has not considered the other ramifications.

“It’s made the grieving process much more complicated. We are not only going through our own personal grief, but it’s also very public. There are constant reminders in the news, and photos in the paper.”
 
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While the Qld Premier and the Qld Health Minister may not be able to over-rule the CHO in some decisions, I expect the Qld Premier (or Qld Parliament) does have the power, authority and perhaps obligation to replace the CHO under certain circumstances.
 
Queensland chief health officer has been put under police protection after receiving death threats over the state border closures. Not much tolerance around either.
 
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Queensland chief health officer has been put under police protection after receiving death threats over the state border closures. Not much tolerance around either.

Acts/threats of violence are never acceptable.

The QLD CHO is is desperate need of assistance, whilst on paper she may be right for the job there is clearly an issue with her decision making and risk assessments that are out of line with her peers. She needs support. And Anna heaping all the blame on Dr Young towards the end of last week was disgusting as well, effectively making her the 'fall person' for everything bad.... If she is that 'bad' then Anna needs to do something about it rather than just blaming her.

Something is going to break very soon, I suspect she isn't far off resigning herself. At the very least she is going to have to put in a new way of managing all of this.

And all of this reflects very very poorly on the State Government running up to the election regardless

Strategy 1) Its not our fault its Dr Youngs - makes them look weak and hopeless
Strategy 2) We all own these decisions / make QLD stronger / blah blah rhetoric - makes them look mean spirited, unfair and inconsistent
 
Your frequent opinion has been noted.

Acts/threats of violence are never acceptable.

The QLD CHO is is desperate need of assistance, whilst on paper she may be right for the job there is clearly an issue with her decision making and risk assessments that are out of line with her peers. She needs support. And Anna heaping all the blame on Dr Young towards the end of last week was disgusting as well, effectively making her the 'fall person' for everything bad.... If she is that 'bad' then Anna needs to do something about it rather than just blaming her.

Something is going to break very soon, I suspect she isn't far off resigning herself. At the very least she is going to have to put in a new way of managing all of this.

And all of this reflects very very poorly on the State Government running up to the election regardless

Strategy 1) Its not our fault its Dr Youngs - makes them look weak and hopeless
Strategy 2) We all own these decisions / make QLD stronger / blah blah rhetoric - makes them look mean spirited, unfair and inconsistent
 
While the Qld Premier and the Qld Health Minister may not be able to over-rule the CHO in some decisions, I expect the Qld Premier (or Qld Parliament) does have the power, authority and perhaps obligation to replace the CHO under certain circumstances.

Yes, surely this is provided for somewhere, it is not a publicly elected position so some mechanism to remove them must exist.

I don't think that is the right thing for them to do yet here though.
 
While the Qld Premier and the Qld Health Minister may not be able to over-rule the CHO in some decisions, I expect the Qld Premier (or Qld Parliament) does have the power, authority and perhaps obligation to replace the CHO under certain circumstances.

Probably not a good look (or politically smart) move to make during a pandemic or weeks before an election.

Although (except for VIC) most states are into relative "covid normal" territory, except for the border issues.
 
Interesting the grab from the CHO QLD today when asked about being a pawn on the election and she responded all Queenslanders "have suffered" so badly through this pandemic.

I can buy her a ticket to Melbourne if she's free :rolleyes:

Oh, and of course other Australians wanting to travel to QLD to be with terminal ill parents or children aren't suffering?:mad:

Oh and all the unemployed right up the coast are suffering - why - from the border being closed.

YMMV
 
‘Queensland’s Trump’: Annastacia Palaszczuk cops more flack over border restrictions as shock poll numbers reveal drop in support


After a disastrous week of horror stories from grieving families, the Queensland Premier is copping it in the polls and she’s even been called the state’s version of Donald Trump.

Nationals Senator Matt Canavan unleashed an extraordinary attack on Annastacia Palaszczuk overnight, saying this past fortnight has seen the “absurdity” of Queensland government’s policy on border restrictions “collapse upon itself”.

Mr Canavan said there is widespread support for restrictions on travel from areas such as countries overseas where COVID-19 is actively spreading, but the Queensland government put “far too much stock in that and far too little stock in actually making the sensible decisions on the ground that impact real human beings”.

“Too wrapped up in focusing on being tough on borders, Annastacia Palaszczuk has become a Queensland version of Donald Trump … building the wall keeping all of the Mexicans out from down south,” he said.

His comments come as poll results published in the The Australian today show support for Ms Palaszczuk has fallen across key marginal seats in regional Queensland.


 
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‘Queensland’s Trump’: Annastacia Palaszczuk cops more flack over border restrictions as shock poll numbers reveal drop in support


After a disastrous week of horror stories from grieving families, the Queensland Premier is copping it in the polls and she’s even been called the state’s version of Donald Trump.

Nationals Senator Matt Canavan unleashed an extraordinary attack on Annastacia Palaszczuk overnight, saying this past fortnight has seen the “absurdity” of Queensland government’s policy on border restrictions “collapse upon itself”.

Mr Canavan told Sky News there is widespread support for restrictions on travel from areas such as countries overseas where COVID-19 is actively spreading, but the Queensland government put “far too much stock in that and far too little stock in actually making the sensible decisions on the ground that impact real human beings”.

“Too wrapped up in focusing on being tough on borders, Annastacia Palaszczuk has become a Queensland version of Donald Trump … building the wall keeping all of the Mexicans out from down south,” he said.

His comments come as poll results published in the The Australian today show support for Ms Palaszczuk has fallen across key marginal seats in regional Queensland.




Surely trying to cast aspersions against anyone whilst comparing them to tRump on Fox news seems to be paradoxical and fruitless.
 
Looks like Premier's popularity dealing with Covid doesn't really translate to votes.
In QLD both Ipswich and Mackay are safe Labor seats and Keppel and Thuringowa are also not in the top 10 of Labor's most marginal seats.
 
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Labor have a string of tourism focussed marginals all the way up the coast. lets see how popular the border closure really is... especially by late October if it’s still in place and after Jobseeker and Jobkeeper have been cut.
 
“The founder of the LNP, Lawrence Springborg, has called Labor’s management of the COVID-19 pandemic an “outstanding achievement”, in which border restrictions have played a major role in containing infections”.
“Springborg said business operators are more confident when they have certainty. He is calling for the State Government to produce another ‘roadmap’ that will provide guidance to people for the longer term if COVID persists as a health threat.

“We would benefit from a more comprehensive roadmap about how we’re going to handle COVID-19 going into the future, given we’ve been told we’re going to have to live with it for another couple of years and maybe more,” he said.

Springborg said that while tourism and hospitality had fared badly during the pandemic, he wasn’t hearing a groundswell of opinion locally calling for borders to be reopened.

“When the border closures first took effect in April, we had the system of people holding border passes and there was no real issue with that, we didn’t really miss a beat and no one got COVID and we’re all safe and secure,” he said.


 
“The founder of the LNP, Lawrence Springborg, has called Labor’s management of the COVID-19 pandemic an “outstanding achievement”, in which border restrictions have played a major role in containing infections”.
“Springborg said business operators are more confident when they have certainty. He is calling for the State Government to produce another ‘roadmap’ that will provide guidance to people for the longer term if COVID persists as a health threat.

“We would benefit from a more comprehensive roadmap about how we’re going to handle COVID-19 going into the future, given we’ve been told we’re going to have to live with it for another couple of years and maybe more,” he said.

Springborg said that while tourism and hospitality had fared badly during the pandemic, he wasn’t hearing a groundswell of opinion locally calling for borders to be reopened.

“When the border closures first took effect in April, we had the system of people holding border passes and there was no real issue with that, we didn’t really miss a beat and no one got COVID and we’re all safe and secure,” he said.


I always thought the "Borg" was one of the more sane LNP members.
 
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