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Treasurer insists it’s ‘only sensible’ Queensland picks up PCR testing bill 

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Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says the federal government won’t be footing the bill for mandatory COVID-19 testing. 

Entrants into Queensland from a declared hotspot will need to return a negative PCR test in the 72 hours before their arrival, once 80 per cent of the state’s eligible population is double dosed.

“I think it’s up to the Queensland government to answer why they want to impose this cost on people,” Mr Frydenberg told Neil Breen.

“We, at the federal level, have picked up the vast bulk of the expenses through the pandemic.

“It would only be sensible if the state government picks up their fair share, which I have to say has been a smaller share than the federal government.”

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