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'Qld will not be lectured to by NSW': Steven Miles hits back at Hazzard

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Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles has hit back at NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard – who called Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk cruel for her hard border stance – saying the state “will not be lectured to by New South Wales”.

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“This is the state that gave us the Ruby Princess, the state that had the aged care outbreaks,” he said.

“We have avoided those situations here in Queensland precisely because we have aimed to suppress every outbreak of community transmission.

“As I say, I was pretty disappointed to hear the premier of NSW say she doesn’t even aspire to do that.”

Meanwhile, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she was surprised by the Queensland government handing them a 48-hour deadline to trace the source of new mystery cases to prevent resetting the 28 day clock to reopen borders.

“I still don’t know where the Queensland government got that 48-hour deadline from,” she said.

“It was completely new to me, I’d never heard it before.

“As we’ve seen during the pandemic, sometimes it takes health just a few hours to identify a known link or a known source and sometimes it takes up to days and sometimes weeks.”

Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said the 48-hour deadline – which was handed to NSW on Wednesday – would be extended until Monday.

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