Victorian hotel quarantine updated after no new local cases recorded; PM plots future plan for no lockdowns6th February 2021
The Queensland Premier put forward the idea as a way to avoid mass lockdowns such as those recently imposed in Brisbane, Auckland, Perth and Melbourne.
The state government wants the Commonwealth to pay for construction and staffing and, in return, Queensland would increase its cap of 1000 international arrivals a week.
Ms Palaszczuk said states were doing the heavy lifting and quarantine should be a shared responsibility.
“If the Commonwealth wants to pursue that option to bring home more vulnerable Australians by charter flights, well, the ball is now in their court,” she said.
“These are just proposals we are putting forward to them; they are actually in charge of the international arrivals that are coming in.
“They would have to put in place money towards the construction of the facility, they would have to put in place the staff.
“It is not just me putting this proposal on the table, other premiers have also put proposals on the table as well.”
The Prime Minister has asked the Queensland government to provide more detail about the Toowoomba proposal.
“We don’t know about the costs, because there is no indication of what the costs are,” Mr Morrison said after a national cabinet meeting on Friday.