Prime Minister Scott Morrison hits out at border “double standards” in Queensland

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has hit out at the Queensland Premier for “double standards” on border restrictions while on the campaign trail for the state’s election.

He joined Liberal National Party leader Deb Frecklington to visit Neumann Steel at Currumbin on the Gold Coast on Saturday afternoon ahead of the Queensland election at the end of the month.

Mr Morrison took aim at Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk when asked to comment on a Courier-Mail report about multi-millionaire tennis executive Janyne Hrdlicka being given an exemption to hotel quarantine because her husband had cancer.

“When state governments have made those decisions that have been done in a consistent way there can’t be double standards; there needs to be a clear understanding of how these rules work,” Mr Morrison said at a press conference.

He had “no quibble” with border restrictions being put in place in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic but he said there should be transparency.

“I’m just saying that wherever possible that’s got to be clear, they’ve got to be transparent, and they’ve got to be done without double standards,” he said.

It was important to limit the economic impact of strict border restrictions, Mr Morrison told reporters.

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