Federal Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has launched a scathing attack at Queensland's deputy premier, saying he is acting like a "school child".
On Thursday, deputy premier Steven Miles told reporters federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg was wrong to say the state government had not asked to extend ADF employment at border checkpoints.
The deputy premier handed out letters showing the state government had twice asked the federal government for an extension until October 19.
"This is yet another example of a federal government minister being sent out by the prime minister to attack our government," Dr Miles said.
Following the deputy premier’s comments, Mr Dutton took a swing, saying the comments directed at Mr Frydenberg were “unfounded”.
"It is like watching a juvenile go out there on a university campus and engage in university politics," he said.
"He is supposed to be the health minister and the deputy premier of this state and he is acting like a school child."
Mr Dutton said the allegations were “frankly, completely unfounded” and said it was “no wonder” Dr Miles spent the hours since “trying to backpedal from them”.
Dr Miles accused the federal government of making political attacks on the Queensland Government, ahead of the October 31 election.
"The ADF is continuing to support a number of other states and territories with their border restrictions," he said.
"So you've got to ask what is so different about Queensland. Why do we have this conga line of Morrison government MPs rocking up here to criticise our very strong and effective COVID restrictions?"
Queensland has just five known active cases of COVID, and recorded no new cases on Thursday.
Restrictions on visits to aged care homes and hospitals and a 10-person gathering limit in Brisbane, Logan and Ipswich will be lifted from 1am on Friday.
"So people can go ahead and organise that house party for Friday night," Dr Miles said.
Eight local government areas have been under tighter health measures for just over a month after an outbreak at Brisbane's Youth Detention Centre in Wacol.
The cluster, which spread to include a correctional training facility and Ipswich Hospital, led to 55 infections and restrictions being placed across southeast Queensland - including the ban aged care visits and the 10-person limit on home gatherings.
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