Quarantine at Wellcamp officially ‘dead and buried’ as federal government eyes Damascus
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is being urged to accept an offer by the federal government that would put an end to the stalemate over a purpose-built quarantine facility.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison told Ms Palaszczuk the federal government will foot the bill for a 1000-bed facility at Damascus Barracks at Pinkenba.
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In return, the state government will be required to build and run the facility.
Deputy Premier Steven Miles told the press this morning the Palaszczuk Government welcomes the Commonwealth support.
“Of course, it needs a lot more work,” he said.
“I just emphasise that we have on the table a very detailed, highly costed proposal that could built now – we could go ahead now.
“But instead, the Prime Minister wants us to start from scratch with this other proposal.”
Scott Emerson brought the comments to federal Health Minister Greg Hunt for a reply.
“So, given what Steven Miles has said today, is your message to him that the Wellcamp proposal is now dead and buried?” Scott asked.
“Correct,” Mr Hunt responded. “The Commonwealth has ruled out Wellcamp.”
“There’s no criticism, it’s just to say we’ve worked with Victoria and we’ve worked with the Northern Territory, both Labor governments.
“We respectfully urge the Queensland Government to take this in good faith, to work with us, to do what the Northern Territory and Victoria have done and come to the party.”
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“This is what the Queensland Government’s been asking for – they’ve been wanting the funding – well, you’ve got it,” said Neil Breen.
“This has been a political bunfight for months and today’s the day it has to end; the Premier has to accept the offer.
“The Queensland public is sick and tired of barbs being thrown all which way on every issue that arises in COVID.
“It’s a no-brainer: let’s end the squabbling and get it done.”
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