Saturday, October 23, 2021

‘Where are you going to go, India?’: QLD Premier shuts down reporters

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Defending her hard border stance in a press conference this morning, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has criticised the Federal Government’s plan to restart international travel by sarcastically asking reporters: “Where are you going to go? Are you going to go to India?”

Understandably, her insensitive comments have left members of the Indian-Australian community, many of whom lost family and friends in the devastating Delta wave in India earlier this year, upset and offended. (At the time, she had also voiced her support on halting flights from India, even for Australian citizens and residents.)

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The Premier also singled out Japan, stating “In Tokyo, you have to sit in Perspex screens with masks on and if you remove your mask you can’t talk while you’re chewing.”

The state has reported no new cases today and the Premier insisted that opening up state borders would mean a step backwards.

“If we get a Delta outbreak here, we’ll all be in lockdown and no business will be operating. Do you want that?” she added.

It didn’t take long for social media users to point out that reopening international borders isn’t simply for vacations, but a way to unite loved ones after nearly 2 years of border closures. Many called for the Premier to publicly apologise for her harsh statements.

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  1. Ms Annastacia Palaszczuk recently made irresponsible & wild statements in relation to Indians in Queensland wishing to travel to India to see their families. Does Ms Palaszczuk realise that many nurses, doctors & other health professionals of Indian origin are day in day out putting their lives on the frontline to treat Covid infected Australians? Does she not have any sense of gratitude towards the community that faithfully serves this nation? Does Ms Palaszczuk have the courage to speak on similar vein against her Left bed mates, the Chinese Commies the creators of Covid19? She won’t, as she is downright a coward picking on a peaceful community.
    Let Ms Palaszczuk know that her comments will have wider repercussions during elections at the national level. Indians after all are a sizable number in many key Federal electorates. They individually have taken note of these adverse comments & will ensure that Labor doesn’t win power at the Federal level next elections. Seriously pity Anthony Albanese’s chances when louts like Ms Palaszczuk are the face of the Labor Party. If Ms Palaszczuk has any iota of sense, she would publicly apologise & unreservedly withdraw the statements.


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