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Qld border closure is now a tragedy and un-Australian

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan has slammed the Queensland Border closure following a local tragedy.

“This was always going to be the case,” Mr Hogan said.

“We have had a pregnant mother from Ballina who needed emergency care for her unborn twins. She waited 16 hours to fly to a Sydney hospital, rather than a short trip to Brisbane. Sadly, one of the babies has now tragically passed away.”

“This is not Australian, this is not how we operate.”

“Our region has no community transmission of the virus. We are not a ‘hot spot’. There is nothing but heartache and damage being done to families health and livelihoods.”

“This might be playing well for the QLD Premier politically in the short term, but this border closure is unconscionable.”

“The QLD Premier says QLD hospitals are only for Queenslanders, well more than 6000 Queensland citizens were treated at Tweed Hospital (in NSW) in 2019. This represents 20% of all in-patients.”