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Premier says updated modelling key to when Qld border opens


Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is refusing to confirm if Queensland borders will open once 80 per cent of the population is vaccinated saying she is waiting to see updated modelling.

It comes as Queensland records zero new cases. Almost 64 per cent of eligible Queenslanders have had the first dose with 44 per cent fully vaccinated against covid.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has challenged states to open their borders at the 80 per cent mark saying there is no reason why Australians should not be able to reunite at Christmas.


At today’s press conference Ms Palaszcuk repeatedly said she was looking forward to this Friday’s national cabinet meeting but would not be drawn into a timeframe for opening Queensland's borders.

“We want as many Queenslanders as possible to get vaccinated,” she said.

"We want to see that updated Doherty modelling released to the public.

“Look what our life is like now in Queensland.

“I’m pretty proud of the life we have in Queensland at the moment.

“We’d love to see as many people reuniting with their families.”

While many tourism operators are doing it tough with interstate visitors numbers down, Ms Palaszczuk warned that a Delta outbreak in the community would be "catastrophic" to the sector.

“What we’re seeing tragically in NSW and Victoria is people are in lockdown and there is no tourism,” she said.