Queensland deserves more support from the federal government after saving billions of dollars in Canberra during the coronavirus pandemic, the state health minister has said.
With Queensland set to finally fully open its borders to interstate travelers on Saturday, Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the state should receive additional financial support from the Commonwealth because it lacked funds. huge sums paid to NSW and Victoria.
“We have given the Commonwealth a huge advantage in the way Queensland has handled the virus because, since June of last year, the Commonwealth has provided $ 252 million in payments for COVID-19 disaster in Queensland,” she declared.
“[To] NSW and Victoria combined provided $ 11 billion. We have saved the Commonwealth billions of dollars by the way we are handling the virus.
“So if there’s any financial support to be given, I think, you know, Queensland deserves it because we’ve definitely saved the Commonwealth a lot of money.”
Ms. D’Ath added that the federal government should do more to ensure essential workers and employers have better access to rapid antigen test kits.
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