With tensions running high, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has had a testy exchange with a reporter during Thursday's Covid briefing.
The premier smacked down Channel 7's Sunrise journalist Bianca Stone after she accused her of orchestrating "a public relations stunt" on Wednesday with an extraordinary press conference in which Ms Palaszczuk's government blasted Prime Minister Scott Morrison and urged Queenslanders to ignore his remarks encouraging young people to seek the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Ms Palaszczuk was quick to cut her off.
"Sorry I don't know your name," she interrupted the reporter.
"My name is Bianca Stone, from Sunrise, the show that you weren't on this morning," Stone replied.
"Well I’m not going to answer people who are being rude. You are being very rude," the premier said before moving onto the next question as the journalist tried to object.
Responding to the viral moment later on Twitter, Stone threw shade at the Queensland leader.
"Journalists are given limited opportunity at these government media conferences to ask questions. If Annastacia Palaszczuk wants pleasantries she should stick around a bit longer so that all of the journalists in the room can ask their questions," she said.
"And it actually doesn’t matter who I am."
Queensland announced two new locally acquired cases on Thursday of which one is an airport worker who has been in the community while possibly infectious.
Health authorities are currently working to trace her movement and test and isolate any close contacts.
The lockdown in parts of the state is due to end on Friday night, but Ms Palaszczuk would not say on Thursday if that was still likely.
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