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Annastacia Palaszczuk & the power of closed borders

Michael is joined by Paul Kelly, Editor at Large The Australian Newspaper, commentator & author, regarding the Queensland election which has proven the power of closed borders with Annastacia Palaszczuk showing how the virus has elevated strongarm populist premiers as the new giant killers roaming the land.

Mr Kelly writes, ‘The coronavirus is rocking our politics, creating new winners and losers. The winners are the populist toughs — premiers with their Trumpian “Queensland First” or “Western Australia First” boasts, imposing closed borders, exploiting the public’s priority for health safety before economic activity and living off the Morrison’s government’s vast financial support for business and employees.’

‘The formula is devastatingly ­effective and highly dangerous. Palaszczuk played the script brilliantly. With her third election ­victory the once underrated Queensland Premier has entered the pantheon of Labor heroes as the first woman party leader in Australia to win three elections.

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