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Gladys Berejiklian ‘begrudges’ Queensland premier for tough border restrictions

The ongoing border-spat between Gladys Berejiklian and Annastacia Palaszczuk has taken another turn with the NSW Premier saying she “begrudges” her Queensland counterpart for keeping the border closed.“I do begrudge her because (of the) situation. We (have) low community transmission and NSW has shown you can have open borders,” Ms Berejiklian told the Today show.“We…

The ongoing border-spat between Gladys Berejiklian and Annastacia Palaszczuk has taken another turn with the NSW Premier saying she “begrudges” her Queensland counterpart for keeping the border closed.

“I do begrudge her because (of the) situation. We (have) low community transmission and NSW has shown you can have open borders,” Ms Berejiklian told the Today show.

“We don’t mind. We have Queenslanders coming in (because) we open our borders to everybody.”

The NSW premier pointed to the “irony” of having Queenslanders in Sydney hotels who have the virus.

She also acknowledged if NSW has high case numbers like Victoria she would support the hard border closure

“Of course I would support (Queensland) closing the borders. But when the case numbers are so low at this stage … and yes it’s a daily battle, why would you close your borders?

“Why would you hurt your businesses and jobs in your own state?.”

The issue came to light after Ms Berejiklian was asked about why it took Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ so long before deciding that Victorian contact tracers should visit NSW to learn about how the state has successfully managed the virus, so far.

“I don’t begrudge any other premier for exercising their right to do what they think is best,” she said.

“But that aside, I do urge my colleagues – not Dan because he’s got crisis he is dealing with – but I do ask all our other colleagues to think about Australia as well as their own state.”

NSW recorded nine new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday.

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