Queensland Premier's bizarre text to Gladys Berejiklian

Yahoo News Staff
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The Queensland Premier has reportedly shut down talks of reopening borders with NSW with a bizarre text about State of Origin.

Gladys Berejiklian claims she reached out to her Queensland counterpart to speak about the border re-opening via text message on Sunday.

It's understood Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk replied to Ms Berejiklian’s message three days later after the Maroons' win over the NSW Blues in the State of Origin on Wednesday night.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk looks on at a press conference in Brisbane, Australia.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has maintained a hard stance on border closures. Source: Getty Images

Ms Palaszczuk wrote just one word: "Queenslander.”

Ms Berejiklian told reporters on Thursday she “didn’t know whether to be shocked or bemused”. She also claims she congratulated Ms Palaszczuk for her election win last weekend.

“She didn’t mention borders, she didn’t mention a thanks for the congratulations,” Ms Berejiklian told reporters.

But the Queensland Premier denies Ms Berejiklian asked about the borders.

‘Don’t tell us what to do’: QLD

The Queensland government declared it will choose its own destiny "without the NSW premier telling it what to do" about its borders.

Ms Berejiklian is bemoaning her neighbour's decision to keep the border shut to greater Sydney until at least the end of the month.

But a staffer from Ms Palaszczuk's office says decisions regarding Queensland were settled in 1859, when the state separated from NSW.

"That simply means that Queensland can choose its own destiny without the NSW premier telling us what to do," they told AAP.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian is pictured at a press conference in Sydney.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian claims the Queensland Premier hasn't gotten back to her about reopening state borders to Sydney. Source: Getty Images

Ms Berejiklian on Wednesday announced NSW would open its border to Victoria on November 23.

On Thursday, she called on Ms Palaszczuk and West Australian Premier Mark McGowan to think about citizens hurt or stressed by border closures.

"The economic devastation which will be caused unnecessarily is not worth the pain," the NSW premier said.

"And both she and the WA premier really need to sit up and think about Australia. Think about their citizens and citizens across Australia who are suffering because of their decisions.”

Queensland recorded no new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, with eight active cases in the state.

NSW recorded two new cases, but both were people in hotel quarantine after returning from overseas.

with AAP

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