Annastacia Palaszczuk defends 'children at risk' comments as family test ...

Annastacia Palaszczuk defends 'children at risk' comments as family test ...
Annastacia Palaszczuk defends 'children at risk' comments as family test ...

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has hit back at critics of her controversial comments about unvaccinated children after Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt accused her of damaging public confidence.

'Let me say this to Queenslanders, my job is to keep you safe,' she said at Friday's Covid update. 

'We have a double donut day, we have no cases, we have an open lifestyle, we can go to cafes and restaurants tonight and have 100 people gather in each other's homes.' 

She defended her comments about unvaccinated children being at risk if Queensland's borders are re-opened under the agreed national plan.

'I wont be making decisions if I don’t see detailing modelling,' she said. 

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'I’m asking very simple questions here, I want to see detailed modelling…. and rather than picking fights and attacks, let's have a dedicated, decent conversation.' 

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk talked up Queensland's lack of cases and relative freedom as she hit back at critics of her 'children at risk' comments on Friday

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk talked up Queensland's lack of cases and relative freedom as she hit back at critics of her 'children at risk' comments on Friday

Ms Palaszczuk further defended her remarks, saying national cabinet had agreed to do more work on the issue of childhood vaccination.

She cited evidence from the US about the number of children presenting with Covid and ending up in ICU. 

'I do not want to have that happen here,' she said.

'That is why I'm saying very clearly ... is let's have a conversation about it, and the Prime Minister himself and national cabinet, they agreed to go do some more work.'  

Ms Palaszczuk told state parliament yesterday that Doherty Institute modelling predicted that 'even with 70 per cent of the population vaccinated, 80 people will die each day from COVID once the outbreak reaches six months after it started'.

'That is 2,240 who will die each month,' she told parliament.

'She is selectively misusing the Doherty modelling,' Mr Hunt said yesterday. 'It breaches good faith and damages public confidence.'

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Ms Palaszczuk also apologised to Queenslanders for allowing wives and officials of the NRL into Queensland while the state's hotel quarantine program was paused for two weeks, saying it was the 'wrong decision'.

'I understand that Queenslanders could see that while we were restricting the number of Queenslanders who could come in, it was not the right look... I accept that.' 

Ms Palaszczuk announced that from Monday, 680 additional hotel quarantine places would be offered for families trying to return home or relocate from Victoria and NSW, in addition to the 50 rooms available tomorrow. 

Meanwhile, a family at the centre of a coronavirus scare on the Gold Coast has tested negative to the virus, a school principal has told parents in a letter.  

The family was ordered into hotel quarantine, with some of them unwell after reportedly returning from Melbourne without quarantining.

Separately the Queensland government reported a new locally acquired case

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