Qld parliament locked down, protest fears

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Protests have erupted in Queensland's southeast as anti-lockdown movements rally against the state government's hard border with NSW.

Queensland parliament is locked down on Tuesday as members were told of apparent protests outside.

Speaker Curtis Pitt told MPs no one was being allowed in or out of the parliamentary precinct as a precaution.

"We have received advice from the Queensland Police of a possible protest activity, including attempted intrusion of the precinct," he said in parliament.

"As a precautionary measure Queensland police advise the precinct should be locked down until the protest activity has ceased."

Mr Pitt said there would be no access into or out of the precinct until further notice.

On the Gold Coast, dozens of people have gathered outside council chambers, forcing staff to lock the building, before council's monthly meeting.

Police say they were initially unaware of the protest but are now monitoring the situation carefully.

No arrests have been made but barriers have been established for crowd control.

On Monday, a group of truck drivers protested against border restrictions by using two prime movers to block off the Pacific Motorway at Reedy Creek on the Gold Coast for two hours.

And hundreds of border residents gathered last week to protest tighter restrictions for essential workers trying to enter Queensland.

A man who was seen on horseback at the August 22 protest was fined more than $7000 by NSW and Queensland police for failing to comply with a chief health officer direction.

The roughly 500-person protest came after the Queensland government paused its hotel quarantine intake for two weeks to domestic travellers, with the premier stating "we simply just do not have any room at the moment".

Exemptions into the state include for compassionate and medical reasons, but exceptions on other grounds are not being granted due to the lack of hotel quarantine places.

However NRL officials and family members were granted an exemption to enter the state on Monday.

Ms Palaszczuk says the decision was signed off by the chief health officer.

"The Queensland chief health officer takes all care in dealing with requests that come to her for a whole variety of reasons, the exemptions unit has been increased because we know this is a very concerning time for families," she said in parliament.

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