Prime Minister Scott Morrison is prepared to go into 14-day hotel quarantine if he travels to Queensland during the state election campaign.
All travellers from NSW, the ACT and Victoria must go into quarantine upon arrival in the state under the governments strict COVID-19 rules.
This means federal politicians, including the prime minister and opposition leader, will have to comply if they decide to campaign in Queensland ahead of the October 31 election.
While Morrison might not have time to get on the hustings, with the federal budget due on October 6 and a parliamentary sitting, hes prepared to undergo quarantine.
“Whether I was ever going to get to Queensland anyway was a sort of secondary issue. I have a federal responsibility,” the prime minister told Sevens Sunrise program on Sept 17.
“But I should be subject to the same rules like everybody else. I dont think there should be double standards about these things. I think the same rules should apply.”
But the prime minister may not need to quarantine after the Queensland government indicated on Wednesday border restrictions with the ACT and NSW could be eased at the end of this month.
Morrison again called on the Queensland government to implement a fairer quarantine exemption system.
“We have to deal with the virus, not let the virus destroy the way we live,” he said.
Compassionate quarantine exemptions have become a potent issue in the run-up to the state election.
The LNP has branded Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk “heartless”, while the government has accused the opposition of using family tragedies for political gain.
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