PM slams quarantine camp idea
Regional Queenslanders don't want "Brisbane problems dumped in the north", Prime Minister Scott Morrison said as he criticised the Queensland Premier's proposal to moving hotel quarantine to the mining accommodation.
It is an about face from Tuesday when he said he was open to the idea.
It follows meeting with Gladstone's Mayor last night and Flynn MP Ken O'Dowd during his Queensland blitz.
Mr Morrison said he had not seen the proposal but there were "clear concerns" in the region.
"For something like that to even be considered I think the premier would need to get the local Labor mayor on board, and I don't think that's happening at this point," he said.
"They've got genuine issues that they're raising. People here don't want to see Brisbane issues dumped in the north.
"Any proposal the premier would want to bring forward, they would have to square those off."
He said there would need to be some form of trade off for any region taking on hotel quarantine.
"There would have to be some sort of net positive," he said.
"If there was additional seasonal workers coming in through something like that, with a direct benefit to the region rather than just transferring a problem from one part of Queensland to another, that might be something locals could see some value in."
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