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Calls for clarity ahead of Queensland border re-opening in December

Queenslanders are demanding clarity over the border reopening ahead of Christmas after hundreds of protesters in the state rallied against the COVID-19 vaccine.

The state government has announced that border restrictions will end on December 17.

But beyond that, nothing in the way of a roadmap has been delivered.

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The Queensland branch of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called for clarity on business responsibilities following the end of the border closure.

They want to know what rules will be in place relating to the vaccination status of staff and patrons, if the contact tracing app will include the vaccine status, and what businesses will need to do if a venue is exposed to COVID-19.

New South Wales cross-border commissioner James McTavish told Today NSW had not received any advice from Queensland about how the border would work in the future.


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“We have been asking for advice on the rules from not only December 18, but also from next week when it’s expected that Queensland will reach that 70 per cent double dose target,” he said.

He said long delays were expected after Queensland Police flagged they would stop and check up to 40,000 vehicles crossing the border every day.

“We are very keen to ensure we get some understanding of what those checkpoints will look like, what their operation will be, what people in NSW will need to do to make sure that they can satisfy the requirements to cross,” Mr McTavish said.

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He called for Queensland to institute a border system similar to that used in Victoria, where one in every 10 or 20 cars was pulled up for a check.

It comes as hundreds of people gathered at the Queensland-NSW border and in Brisbane yesterday to protest against vaccine mandates.

Among them were former nurses, teachers and flight attendants.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk dismissed the protesters’ demands, urging Queenslanders not to listen to their “misinformation”.

Thousands of Queenslanders remain locked out of their home state, with some forced to camp or live in their cars.


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