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Dear Gladys: Premier reveals the letter that might push our border south

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All eyes are on NSW and how they react to Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s request for border checkpoints to be moved south to ease traffic congestion and frustration of border town locals.

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Palaszczuk on Monday will send a request to her counterpart Gladys Berejiklian for the checkpoints to be within NSW.

Her plea follows Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate last week calling for the NSW-Queensland border checkpoint at Banora Point to stop “diabolical” wait times.

Palaszczuk this morning said she was still working through the letter with her staff and hoped the NSW Government would be receptive.

“I’m just trying to make it easier for people,” Palaszczuk said, acknowledging that communities south of the border were among those most disrupted.

“But of course, you know, if the NSW government is against it, they’re against it.”

Noting that respective state police ministers had discussed the issue in March, with no change to practices, Palaszczuk encouraged Tweed residents to lobby the NSW Government to bring about a better outcome. She noted that Australian Defence Force personnel were already assisting border operations and not confined to any state jurisdiction.

Her comments came as Queensland reported a new coronavirus case in a cargo ship crew member who was isolated on board and transferred to a state hospital for treatment. Only two Queenslanders have active infections, with another 1,061 recovering.

There has been no community transmission in the state since early May, Palaszczuk said.

Victorians and anyone who has visited COVID-19 hotspots in NSW are prevented from entering Queensland.

Queensland’s strict border controls have helped keep the infection rate low and the state is now a safe haven for Melbourne’s AFL clubs and now the Super Netball season.

The Super Netball will start on August 1 with matches to be played in Cairns, Townsville and Brisbane and on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.

-With Sean Parnell

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