Poll: is it time to open up?


Debate continues about restrictions at Australia’s internal borders – we’d like to know what you think

Border closures have been one of the hotly-debated measures taken in 2020 to help curb the spread of COVID-19 – and the case of Queensland has been particularly contentious.

As the state heads towards its election – which is to take place on October 31, with voting opening on the 19th to help protect against the spread of the novel coronavirus – criticism of the closed border has continued.

This month Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the closure was continuing for longer than “absolutely necessary” and was critical of Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s communication about it.

“They are not something I suppose to boast of, they are things that are necessary, but are regrettably necessary in many occasions.

“So when you have to have them, well, let’s have them based on medical advice and for only as long as you absolutely have to because the longer they are there, the more they do stop jobs,” he said.

Queensland is, however, now open to travellers from the ACT, despite the Territory’s open border with NSW. 

Victoria remains technically open – though all other states have effectively closed their borders to it.

Recently the AJP spoke to pharmacists who were all willing to do their part to help suppress COVID-19, but were frustrated and worried about the impact border closures had on their ability to help their patients.

We’d like to know what you think – tell us in our poll below.

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