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Criminal investigation launched into virus infected bikie who flew to Brisbane

Queensland has recorded two new cases of COVID-19, linked to known cases, after 18,151 tests in the 24 hours to Wednesday morning. It comes as one of Queensland’s top cops has issued a stern warning to Victorians thinking about sneaking into Queensland for a Gabba AFL Grand Final: don’t.Notorious Queensland bikie Shane Bowden flew into…

Queensland has recorded two new cases of COVID-19, linked to known cases, after 18,151 tests in the 24 hours to Wednesday morning.

It comes as one of Queensland’s top cops has issued a stern warning to Victorians thinking about sneaking into Queensland for a Gabba AFL Grand Final: don’t.

Notorious Queensland bikie Shane Bowden flew into Brisbane from Melbourne on Monday, despite allegedly being infected with COVID-19.

A criminal investigation has since been launched, according to Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski.

CEO Gillon McLachlan flew into the Gold Coast on Tuesday ahead of an expected announcement with the Premier later today.

Ms Palaszczuk said if Queensland was named the host of the grand final, it would be an “honour”.

“If we are lucky enough, we would embrace that … it is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” she said.

“It would be an honour to safeguard that for one year knowing Victoria is going through a really tough time.

“Our hearts go out to Victoria, and we would deal with that respectfully.”

Ms Palaszczuk said it would also be an opportunity to grow the game in Queensland.

The Premier has remained firm on her border stance, despite criticism that hundreds of AFL contingents were allowed to fly into Queensland from Melbourne while northern NSW families have struggled to access medical care in Brisbane.

NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro told the Today show this morning it was a political play.

“400 AFL officials from coronavirus central will go across the border into Queensland, yet a young family can’t get emergency healthcare across the border,” he said.

“I think Annastacia Palaszczuk continues to show politics trumps good policy and I think she is undoing all her good work. I don’t get it. I don’t understand why the Premier of Queensland can’t see it. Show some heart.”

In response, Ms Palaszczuk highlighted her government’s plan to assist those needing to access medical care.

“The AFL has a comprehensive industry COVID-19 safe plan,” she said.

“We have said clearly we have a unit that will be set up for anyone with issues dealing with specialist appointments.”

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian also said she had tried to establish a positive relationship with her Queensland counterpart, but that had proved difficult.

“She has made a decision and isn’t willing to talk about that decision. She’s refusing to budge. It’s not for want of trying,” she told 2GB.

Ms Palaszczuk said she believed she had “very good working relationships” with all her Premier and Chief Minister colleagues.

It comes as 48-year-old Bowden has since been taken to hospital, understood to be an infected gunshot wound.

Mr Gollschewski said Bowden could face up to five years in prison for fraud.

“We are working closely with our Victorian counterparts … he breached their quarantine order when he left Victoria,” he said.

All 84 passengers on the flight have been placed in quarantine and are being tested for COVID-19.

It comes as Mr Gollschewski told ABC Radio more than one million people have been intercepted at Queensland’s domestic borders since March 27.

“Since then, we’re intercepted 660,000 vehicles and processed 290,000 people at our airports,” he said.

“We’re currently sitting around 3200 people across the state in hotel quarantine.

“We’re currently trying to make sure we can keep that going and planning long term.”

The AFL and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk are set to announce the Gabba as the host for the 2020 grand final later today, and Mr Gollschewski said Queensland was well placed to hold the event.

“We’re very good at doing major events here … we’re in a good position,” he said.

“But … we continue to see people do the wrong thing.”

Mr Gollschewski said if the Gabba did host the event, the police and back-up agencies like the ADF were prepared to implement strong border defences.

“Our borders are very good, but we catch too many people trying to do the wrong thing, (even thought) that’s a small number of people,” he said.

“They’re not 100 per cent, that’s why we social distancing and rapid response is so important.”

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