Border closure helps economy: Qld premier

Tiffanie Turnbull
Annastacia Palaszczuk says the strict virus response and border closure has helped the Qld economy

The controversial closure of Queensland's borders has actually helped the state's economy reopen faster, the premier says.

Annastacia Palaszczuk on Tuesday said the state's strict health response, which has been criticised for stifling the economy and costing jobs, was necessary to save the economy.

Since the border closures were announced in March, Queensland has brought community transmission of the coronavirus under control and sustained a low rate of new cases.

The premier says this has allowed the government to relax restrictions and re-stimulate the economy faster.

"It means we can open up our restaurants, our cafes, faster," Ms Palaszczuk told reporters.

"We can get life back to the 'new normal', but we can't do that if we have community transmission."

The premier has spent weeks defending the decision to close borders, after it drew ire from stakeholders across the country and sparked two High Court challenges.

Politicians including state Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington, One Nation leader Pauline Hanson, Queensland federal MP Peter Dutton and the prime minister have also piled on the pressure.

Reopening of the border has been pencilled in for July 10, but escalating community transmission in Victoria has cast a shadow over that timeline.

On Tuesday, the southern state recorded double-digit growth for the seventh day in a row, with 17 new cases.

Queensland has now gone six days without a single new coronavirus case, and has just two active cases.

Ms Palaszczuk on Monday would not rule out the possibility of opening borders to select states, but on Tuesday said Queensland was not in discussions with other states about creating a so-called 'travel bubble'.

A decision on reopening borders will not be made until after a national cabinet meeting on Friday, she says.