Qld govt never rang Hunt about PCR tests

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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has defended not trying speak with the federal government about the cost of PCR tests for travellers coming to Queensland, saying she's "not the health minister".

The state will scrap quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers who test negative from hotspots in NSW, Victoria and the ACT once 80 per cent of Queenslanders are double-dosed.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt clarified that the Commonwealth and departure states would share test costs after a week-long feud over who would fork out.

Ms Palaszczuk says the crisis was triggered because of the upcoming federal election, saying "politics has to stop".

She then admitted she had never tried to picked up the phone to clarify the test issue with Mr Hunt.

"I'm not the health minister," Ms Palaszczuk told reporters on Wednesday.

"Ask Greg Hunt. No, this is a backflip by the federal government, this is about singling Queensland out, this is about the federal election, this is about the federal election.

"Why does the federal government want Queenslanders to get COVID for Christmas?"

The premier then said "I think it was yesterday" that she first became aware the tests would be free for incoming travellers.

The feud began when Liberal National Party deputy leader David Janetzki asked Ms Palaszczuk in parliament last Thursday why Queenslanders stranded interstate were being made to pay $150 for PCR tests.

The premier didn't challenge his claim about the cost of tests, but she defended the testing requirement.

PCR tests for domestic travel with results texted to people are free, but certificates from private clinics can cost up to $150.

Mr Hunt assumed Queensland was demanding travellers provide a test certificate upon arrival.

The premier was asked numerous times about the $150 cost of PCR tests, but responded by urging the Commonwealth to fund them.

She finally confirmed Queensland would accept a text message showing a test result in a nonchalant reply to a journalist on Tuesday.

"We're looking at that, to have a text message, that'd be fine," she told reporters.

Queensland Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe later issued a statement confirming text messages were acceptable.

"It was put under some doubt from the Queensland premier," Mr Hunt told Nine's Today program on Wednesday morning.

"We have a suspicion it may have been an accident, but I am pleased that the existing arrangements are there."

A federal government official told AAP that while the Queensland government never demanded a test certificate, they had never clarified they did not need one.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles sidestepped a question about why the state had not made its position clear on whether text messages confirming free test results would be sufficient for travellers.

"There was clearly an orchestrated campaign to confuse people," he said.

"We have all along provided PCR tests here to people travelling to other states.

"We were presented with claims that other states were charging for those tests, and were asked to confirm whether PCR tests would still be a requirement, and we said that they were."

Meanwhile, Mr Miles said overnight trips interstate were not technically banned, but the 72-hour testing requirement made them impractical.

The latest figures show 85.01 per cent of eligible Queenslanders have had one vaccine dose, with 74.07 per cent fully vaccinated.

Queensland recorded one new case of COVID-19 in hotel quarantine on Tuesday.

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