Barnaby Joyce has slammed Queensland’s hard border as a “sham” after Hollywood star Tom Hanks and his posse were granted exemptions to enter from America.
A war of words erupted between Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Prime Minister Scott Morrison last week after a 26-year-old woman from Canberra was unable to be with her family and attend her father’s funeral.
“You have the AFL in there at first class, Tom Hanks in there, his offsiders in there, but we can’t get a person across to see their dad buried,” Mr Joyce said.
“That is why people are upset … Personally, I think the whole thing is a sham.
“People in regional seats of Queensland are seeing it as a sham.”
Mr Joyce went on to ridicule the border shutdown in Queensland, saying it was “driving our economic nose into the dirt”.
Queensland chief health officer Jeanette Young last week said exemptions had been given to people in entertainment and film because that was “bringing a lot of money into this state”.
Hanks, who is filming an Elvis Presley movie directed by Baz Luhrmann, in March contracted COVID-19 while in Queensland.