Steven Miles blasts ‘rogue state’ NSW for deviating on national Covid plan
Queensland’s deputy premier has taken a swipe at NSW for “going rogue” on the national plan as the Sunshine State inches closer to its critical vaccination targets.
No new locally-acquired cases were detected in Queensland overnight, deputy premier Steven Miles announced on Sunday.
He said 72.07 per cent of Queenslanders have had their first vaccine dose.
“The sooner we can get Queenslanders vaccinated, the sooner we can adjust restriction levels,” Mr Miles said.
Over 4000 vaccines were administered across the state, with hundreds lining up outside Bunnings stores to get their jab.
But in NSW more than 90 per cent of eligible people have had their first dose and more than 80 per cent are fully vaccinated.
Asked what would happen when Queensland reaches its 70 or 80 per cent vaccination target, Mr Miles told reporters the government was “still working through those details”.
He said they remained committed to the national plan and NSW had “torn up” the plan.
“The Prime Minister’s so-called national plan is in tatters now, thanks to his buddy in NSW going off script, going rogue,” Mr Miles said.
Mr Miles’ swipe comes after NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet made a number of controversial announcements, including decisions to scrap quarantine for fully vaccinated Australians arriving in the state from November 1.
“The difference is we’re not in lockdown here, whereas in NSW they’ve had the motivation of lifting a lockdown,” Mr Miles told reporters.
“There are very few restrictions currently in place in Queensland compared to the southern states.”
Mr Miles could not commit to a border reopening date, saying he did not know when the state would hit their vaccination target of 80 per cent first dose.
In NSW, 301 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded overnight along with 10 deaths.
Originally published as Steven Miles blasts ‘rogue state’ NSW for deviating on national Covid plan
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