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Annastacia Palaszczuk destroys NSW counterpart for her 14-week two-word lockdown

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The Premier of Queensland took a string of lashes out at her NSW counterpart in a dramatic speech to the country’s business leaders, with two words ringing out the loudest.

Annastacia Palaszczuk reminded her audience that Queensland’s latest lockdown lasted just “eight days” – which was the amount of time she said her NSW equivalent Gladys Berejiklian would take before locking up the neighboring state.

Ms Palaszczuk’s biting comparison came amid concerns over the latest outbreak in Queensland, with growing fears over whether the NRL Grand Final would go ahead in Brisbane.

Annastacia Palaszczuk reminded her audience that Queensland’s latest lockdown lasted just ‘eight days’ – which was the amount of time it took her NSW equivalent Gladys Berejiklian before locking the neighboring state

By comparison, Sydney is in its 14th straight week of lockdown, while the rest of the state has also been getting home orders for months.

By comparison, Sydney is in its 14th straight week of lockdown, while the rest of the state has also been getting home orders for months.

On Sunday, the Brisbane NRL’s first-ever Grand Final will be played in Queensland, with more than 50,000 spectators packing at Suncorp Stadium.

An escalation of matters could endanger the final.

But Queensland registered just one new local case of Covid-19 on Wednesday, as the state postponed another lockdown while contact tracers worked to identify the source.

By comparison, Sydney is in its 14th straight week of lockdown, while the rest of the state has also been getting home orders for months.

“Our last lockdown lasted eight days,” Ms Palaszczuk told Australia’s Economic Development Committee (CEDA).

“Eight days after the start of the current outbreak, NSW has yet to go into lockdown.”

'Our last lockdown lasted eight days,' Ms Palaszczuk told Australia's Economic Development Committee (CEDA)

‘Our last lockdown lasted eight days,’ Ms Palaszczuk told Australia’s Economic Development Committee (CEDA)

Queenslanders enjoyed more normalcy in the second half of 2021 than their southern cousins.  Spectators are seen during the NRL Preliminary Final match between Melbourne Storm and Penrith Panthers last Saturday at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

Queenslanders enjoyed more normalcy in the second half of 2021 than their southern cousins. Spectators are seen during the NRL Preliminary Final match between Melbourne Storm and Penrith Panthers last Saturday at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

NSW police question a woman as part of an effort to prevent a 'Freedom Rally' from happening on Bass Hill two weeks ago

NSW police question a woman as part of an effort to prevent a ‘Freedom Rally’ from happening on Bass Hill two weeks ago

Freedom Rally Protesters And Victoria Police To Face Each Other In September

Freedom Rally Protesters And Victoria Police To Face Each Other In September

Ms Palaszczuk said what followed was a three-month shutdown for the South, costing businesses “$100 million a day.”

“Our neighbors are fighting to regain their freedoms,” she said.

“We fight to keep ours.”

Nowhere has this struggle been more apparent than in Melbourne, where the city has been shut down for the sixth time since the start of the pandemic, sparking wave after wave of violent protests.

Melbourne also holds the unenviable world record for the city with the most days in lockdown.

A health worker assists a person on arrival to check in at the Sonic Healthcare COVID-19 Vaccination hub in the Sydney CBD last Friday

A health worker assists a person on arrival to check in at the Sonic Healthcare COVID-19 Vaccination hub in the Sydney CBD last Friday

Queensland Prime Minister claimed Queensland benefited economically from fewer Covid cases and shorter lockdowns, with a major increase in net migration

Queensland Prime Minister claimed Queensland benefited economically from fewer Covid cases and shorter lockdowns, with a major increase in net migration

Sydney and Brisbane have also seen Freedom Rallies, but they weren’t nearly as dramatic as Melbourne.

The Queensland boss pointed out that the Sunshine State had more liberties than its neighbours, with major sporting events and pubs open recently.

She claimed that Queensland benefited economically from fewer Covid cases and shorter lockdowns, with a large increase in net migration.

“There is nowhere in the world I would rather be during this pandemic than in Queensland,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

The new case announced Wednesday involved a fully vaccinated man in his 50s and is linked to an airline worker who had already tested positive.

There was a second infection, a truck driver who lives in Gavin on the Gold Coast and was contagious in the community from September 25 to 27, but he tested positive in NSW so will not be included in the Queensland figures.

The latest case led to the introduction of mandatory mask-wearing rules in the Gold Coast area, after they were reinforced in Brisbane and Moreton Bay on Tuesday over four previous cases.

As of Wednesday, all vaccination centers in Queensland will be open for walk-ins, while opening hours have been extended.

The state is lagging behind the eastern states of NSW and Victoria in the race for key vaccination targets of 70 and 80 percent.

Only 45.6 percent of Queensland residents are fully vaccinated, compared to 61.67 in NSW and 48.42 in Victoria.

That probably means that Ms Palaszczuk won’t be in a hurry to open the interstate borders.

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said restrictions would also be placed on residents visiting hospitals, aged care, disabled facilities and prisons.

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D'Ath and Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young attend a press conference on Tuesday

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath and Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young attend a press conference on Tuesday

COVID-19 restrictions were reintroduced for the Brisbane and Moreton Bay boroughs following the discovery of four new local community COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.  Suncorp Stadium, venue for the NRL Grand Final is pictured

COVID-19 restrictions were reintroduced for the Brisbane and Moreton Bay boroughs following the discovery of four new local community COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. Suncorp Stadium, venue for the NRL Grand Final is pictured

“We know the virus is on our doorstep,” she said at the Covid-19 press conference on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, a leading epidemiologist admitted his concerns about the new Covid outbreak in Queensland.

The concern was that after several near misses in the Sunshine State, the virus could finally spiral out of control, such as in NSW and Victoria.

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