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Anthony Albanese: PM politicising COVID-19 caused National Cabinet breakdown 

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Federal Labor leader Anthony Albanese has slammed the Prime Minister for politicising coronavirus responses.

Under Doherty Institute modelling, the national pandemic exit plan would see states and territories shooting for 80 per cent double vaccinations before the country reopens.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has suggested she and the Chief Health Officer would like to see Queensland hit 90 per cent vaccinations.

Her comments have sparked concerns the Queensland government is abandoning the agreed-upon plan.

While Mr Albanese says he supports the plan, he told Neil Breen it does allow states to have “some flexibility” in deciding on restrictions.

He suggested the Prime Minister prompted any disunion from premiers.

“It’s unfortunate that the National Cabinet processes led by Scott Morrison have been so broken down in recent times.

“It began, I think, with Scott Morrison politicising the issue during the Queensland state election last year.

“He was certainly campaigning for the borders to be reopened, along with Deb Frecklington, and it’s proven that Annastacia Palaszczuk’s decision at that time was absolutely correct.

“You have to not consider the politics – you have to consider the health of citizens.”

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