Annastacia Palaszczuk blasted for boasts about Queensland's freedom - after NSW ends Covid lockdown 1

Annastacia Palaszczuk blasted for boasts about Queensland’s freedom – after NSW ends Covid lockdown

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Annastacia Palaszczuk has been labelled ‘tone deaf’ for boasting that Queensland has more freedoms than NSW and Victoria because of her state’s ‘hard work’.

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The state leader on Friday afternoon tweeted a graphic directly comparing regional travel, community sport and home gathering rules between the eastern states. 

She boasted how 100 people could gather in homes in Queensland compared to none in Victoria and only 10 in NSW – both of which have battled crippling Delta outbreaks and months-long lockdowns.

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The post came just hours after new NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet declared his state would be scrapping all forms of quarantine for vaccinated travellers returning to Australia from November 1. 

‘It’s important to understand the freedoms we’re enjoying here in Queensland due to everyone’s hard work,’ Ms Palaszczuk wrote above the graphic – which also featured her name at the bottom in large capital letters.

Annastacia Palaszczuk has been savaged as 'insensitive', 'tone deaf' and 'childish' on social media for boasting that Queensland has more freedoms than New South Wales or Victoria

Annastacia Palaszczuk has been savaged as ‘insensitive’, ‘tone deaf’ and ‘childish’ on social media for boasting that Queensland has more freedoms than New South Wales or Victoria

The Queensland Premier tweeted this maroon graphic on Saturday directly comparing the eastern states

The Queensland Premier tweeted this maroon graphic on Saturday directly comparing the eastern states

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Ms Palaszczuk's blunt comparisons appeared to be a reaction to new NSW Premier Dominic Perrottett declaration on Friday that Sydney is Australia's 'truly only global city'

Ms Palaszczuk’s blunt comparisons appeared to be a reaction to new NSW Premier Dominic Perrottett declaration on Friday that Sydney is Australia’s ‘truly only global city’ 

The post drew an angry response from Australians who took issue with the competitive nature of the post, saying it read like a scorecard.

Many pointed out the Queensland government has not shown much freedom to family members split by state borders, while others were angry the premier didn’t seem to have much empathy for the fact all Aussies have done it tough this year, regardless of which state they lived in.

‘I don’t want 100 people in my home. I want to see my Mum in NSW. I’d also like my friend stuck in Victoria who went to his mother’s funeral to be able to get home,’ one mum-of-two replied.

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‘Tell me who has a 100 people around at their place on a regular basis? This is nonsense,’ wrote another commenter.

‘Border closures are keeping families apart,’ wrote one person from Melbourne. ‘Not everyone lives in the same state as their families.’ 

Another Melbourne-based commenter called Ms Palaszczuk’s tweet ‘tone deaf’.

‘Adding in “due to everyone’s hard work” makes it seem like you’re suggesting Victoria and NSW have just let this happen to us,’ they said.

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Twitter followers responded to Annastacia Palaszczuk's tweet on Friday with hundreds of withering replies

Twitter followers responded to Annastacia Palaszczuk’s tweet on Friday with hundreds of withering replies

One British-based commenter said Ms Palaszczuk sounded ‘ridiculous’. 

‘Everyone else in this country is moving on from Covid and learning how to live alongside it,’ they wrote.

‘Restrictions on NSW and Victoria will all be lifted very soon and international travel will begin with no quarantine.’

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Some commenters though praised the Queensland premier for her strong response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

'Hotel quarantine is a thing of the past. We are opening Sydney and New South Wales to the world, and that date will come in on November 1st,' NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said on Friday

‘Hotel quarantine is a thing of the past. We are opening Sydney and New South Wales to the world, and that date will come in on November 1st,’ NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said on Friday

One Queensland musician wrote that Ms Palaszczuk deserved ‘credit’.

‘You do deserve credit where credit is due. Although I’m always critical, you have actually done a lot of great work on keeping the freedom and creating no division in the state.’

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‘You actually fulfil your promises and care about the people.’

The reaction comes after Ms Palaszczuk was forced to backflip on a stubborn decision to force six-year-old boy with cerebral palsy to quarantine in a hotel room after life-saving surgery in the United States.

Lenny Silveira (pictured) has finally been allowed to quarantine at home after major brain surgery

Lenny Silveira (pictured) has finally been allowed to quarantine at home after major brain surgery

The young boy's father Fabio (above) said he was relieved the government had backed down

The young boy’s father Fabio (above) said he was relieved the government had backed down

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Sunshine Coast youngster Lenny Silveira remained holed up in hotel quarantine in Sydney with his dad Fabio after the pair returned to Australia last Friday.

The six-year-old was denied numerous exemptions by Queensland Health to be reunited with his mum and two siblings by quarantining at home, which goes against doctor’s orders for his recovery.

Ms Palaszczuk’s Twitter post appeared to be a reaction to Mr Perrottet’s declaration on Friday that Sydney is Australia’s ‘truly only global city’ as the first state to officially re-open.

‘I want those from other states who want to come back [from overseas] to come through Sydney,’ he said on Friday.

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‘If you are a returning Australian and want to come here, stay in New South Wales and stay in Sydney.’

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Some commenters praised the Queensland premier for her strong response to the Covid-19 pandemic

Some commenters praised the Queensland premier for her strong response to the Covid-19 pandemic

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‘Have a great time here before you home and spend up big. Help our small businesses and the fact that we will be the only city and state open to the world is going to be boom time for New South Wales.’

Victoria on Friday revealed NSW residents from ‘red zones’ would be allowed to cross into the state without quarantining but made no changes to its international border.

Qantas announced it will restart international flights two weeks earlier than planned after announcements by the NSW and Federal governments. 

Meanwhile Queensland continues to lock out residents from NSW and Victoria and is showing no urgency to open its borders to the rest of the world.

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While Mr Perrottet got away with his shamelessly pro-home state rhetoric, he could arguably afford it with the immediate future looking very bright for NSW. 

What are the four phases of opening up? 

A. Vaccinate, prepare and pilot (from July 14)

Arrival caps cut in half to 3,035 a week; early, stringent and short lockdowns if outbreaks occur; trials of seven-day home quarantine for vaccinated arrivals in South Australia; medicare vaccination certificates available on apps like apple wallet   

B. Post vaccination phase (when 70 per cent are jabbed, expected late this year)

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Lockdowns less likely but possible’; vaccinated people face reduced restrictions; caps for unvaccinated arrivals increased; a larger cap for vaccinated arrivals with ‘reduced quarantine requirements’; capped entry for students and economic visa holders  

C. Consolidation phase (when 80 per cent are jabbed, time not announced)

Lifting all restrictions for outbound travel for vaccinated travellers; no caps for vaccinated arrivals; increased caps for students and visa holders; more travel bubbles being set up with countries such as Singapore; booster shots rolled out 

D. Final phase (percentage or time not announced)

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Uncapped arrivals for vaccinated people without any quarantine and uncapped arrivals for unvaccinated people with testing before departure and on arrival 

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