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“I have said I will accept the advice of Dr Young, and that is exactly what I have done today,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“I have kept my commitment, I have been honest with the people of Queensland – that is what I said I would do and it is exactly what I have done, I have accepted her recommendations to me lock stock and barrel.”
Ms Palaszzuk said she was still committed to the “aspiration” of a full reopening of the borders by Christmas, but it needed to be measured against the reality of virus cases at the time decisions were made.
“Anything can happen, so we need to monitor community transmission.”
For her part, Dr Young said she made her recommendations based on health advice, not out of political considerations.
“I will always give advice to ensure Queenslanders can be kept as safe as they can possibly be,” she said.
Dr Young said she remained optimistic about the borders being fully reopened by the holiday season.
“Anything can happen but also there’s a strong possibility they could be open, because NSW is getting on top of these cases.
“If we look at where NSW was not that long ago … and we look at where they are now, they are genuinely getting on top of those cases.”