Prime Minister Scott Morrison hasn’t been properly briefed about Queensland’s quarantine camp proposal by his own department, the premier says.
The Wagner Corporation wants to build a COVID-19 quarantine facility that would host up to 1000 travellers and 300 staff at Wellcamp near Toowoomba.
The federal government has repeatedly said the plan lacks crucial detail such who will run the health operations and how much it would coast.
Annastacia Palaszczuk won’t put a price tag on the facility but insists the prime minister has all the information required.
“All of the information has been forwarded to the departments, and I sat down with my department officials yesterday, and there have been so many conversations going back and forth,” she told Nine Network on Thursday.
“So I really do think that the prime minister needs to get a thorough briefing from his department.”
Ms Palaszczuk said regional quarantine will keep potential COVID-19 cases out of major cities and allow freedom of movement along Australia’s east coast.
The federal government was both failing to take over national quarantine and blocking Queensland from setting up a safer system, she said
“If you want to keep Queenslanders and Australians safe why would you not explore every single option,” the premier told ABC TV.
“Why would you put all of your cards on the table and think: ‘What more can I do to keep Australians safe?’ It’s pretty basic.”
Ms Palaszczuk cast doubt on the idea of a ‘vaccination passport’ that would allow vaccinated Australians to avoid lockdowns and border closures.
She also questioned whether that had been looked at in detail by the prime minister.
“Perhaps it needs to go to the prime minister’s federal cabinet first for them to have a discussion to see what they think of the idea,” she told ABC TV.
Meanwhile, the premier confirmed Queensland would not have mass vaccination centres set up until October at the earliest, and potentially later.
Hubs are already operating in Sydney and Melbourne, but Ms Palaszczuk said it’s easier for those states because they’re more centralised.
“We’ve actually got a very decentralised state here so it’s a lot easier to do it in Melbourne and Sydney,” she told Seven Network.
“But we’re going to be ready right across the state and I think we’re going to see a lot of take up, especially when that Pfizer and Moderna (vaccination option) comes online, during that last quarter of the year.”
Queensland has also launched a campaign to encourage more people to move to the state to work in the tourism industry.
People will be offered a $1500 cash incentive to relocate for employment in the tourism industry, and a $250 travel bonus.
Ms Palaszczuk said the program was needed because the state’s tourism marketing campaign had been so successful in wooing holidaymakers from interstate.