The stepsister of a woman who was denied permission to attend her father's funeral has accused Scott Morrison of turning a family tragedy into a media circus.
Alexandra Prendergast is upset camera crews hid in bushes outside the Brisbane service for her late father Bernard Prendergast on Thursday.
That morning, the Prime Minister had told Sydney radio 2GB broadcaster Ray Hadley a funeral would be held at 2pm in Mount Gravatt.
'I think the issue here has been his [Mr Morrison's] involvement of the media and how he has really rallied and I guess advertised the funeral which I don't think is appropriate,' Ms Prendergast told The Project on Network Ten on Monday.
Alexandra Prendergast (pictured) is upset media crews hid in bushes outside the Brisbane service for her late father Bernard Prendergast on Thursday
'A funeral is a very private time. I'm grieving. I don't think it's appropriate at all for him to announce and kind of inform the media of the location and the time so that they could come and take photos. It's very insensitive.'
Alexandra Prendergast's stepsister Sarah Caisip, a 26-year-old Canberra nurse, was denied a permit from the Queensland government to enter the state to see her dying father, even though the Australian Capital Territory has been COVID-19-free since July 10.
State health officials stopped Ms Caisip from leaving her Brisbane hotel quarantine to grieve with her 11-year-old sister Isobel Prendergast and her mother Myrna Prendergast.
She was only allowed to view her father's body 20 minutes after the funeral dressed in personal protective equipment on RU OK? Day.
Ms Caisip had earlier written a scathing open letter to Queensland Labor Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk after her government denied her permission to see her dying father or attend his funeral.
'My dad is dead and you made me fight to see him, but it was too late and now you won't let me go to his funeral or see my devastated 11-year-old sister,' she said.
'You won't listen and your government is destroying my life.
'My little sister is now without my support and I will never forgive you.'
That morning, the Prime Minister had told Sydney radio 2GB broadcaster Ray Hadley a funeral would be held at 2pm in Mount Gravatt. The late Bernard Prendergast's 11-year-old grieving daughter Isobel Prendegast is