Queensland’s Opposition leader says Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk needs to stop playing the victim because “she is not the victim here”.
Premier Palaszczuk said she would not bow to intimidation and bullying after the Prime Minister appealed to her to grant a young woman an exemption from hotel quarantine to attend her father's funeral.
“The victims are the people who are caught up in her political warfare over the borders and it’s just unacceptable,” she said.
The 26-year-old Canberra woman was blocked from attending her father’s funeral in Queensland on Thursday creating a national outcry.
"The Premier has turned the borders into a political weapon and it's just unacceptable," she said.
Premier Palaszczuk was also accused of double standards after Hollywood star Tom Hanks and AFL executives were given special exemptions under state border laws.
“We do need strong border controls, but we also need common sense, consistency and a bit of compassion,” she said.
“The system is broken and needs fixing.”