The Australian prime minister said the state of Queensland should take responsibility for its state health system rather than hold the federal government for ransom of money at domestic borders.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he would not respond to “shakedown politics” during a pandemic and criticized Queensland Premier Annastasia Palaszczuk for threatening to keep borders closed unless she received more public health funding. .
“He has to raise it with the people of Queensland then. I mean, to go to the point and say, ‘I’m going to ransom the federal government and extort money from them based on COVID’ Don’t think it’s the right way to go.” Morrison told Nine Today Show this morning.
“We’re not going to respond to those kinds of, ‘Give me money or else’ kind of demands, and that’s it.”
Palaszczuk said on October 1 that its borders will not “necessarily” open once the state has hit 80 per cent vaccinations due to concerns that the state may face a surge in COVID-19 cases. .
“Hospitals need increased capacity, and the increase in (case) numbers requires additional federal government funding,” Palaszczuk told the press. “It will be unprecedented … so we need to be prepared.”
But Morrison said the federal government has already increased Queensland hospital funding by nearly 100 percent, double that of the state government.
He also quoted Chief Health Officer Janet Young, who said, unlike Palaszczuk, that the QLD hospital system would be better able to cope with the increase in cases.
“So they need to get their public hospital system up and running and not make excuses about it, go ahead and do their job and be responsible,” Morrison said.
Morrison said other states such as New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT were “moving forward with it,” so Queensland needed to face the challenges and responsibility for its health system.
On Monday, Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles said every state had requested additional aid from the federal government for their hospitals, meaning their request was not out of line.
“Our hospitals are jointly run and funded,” Miles said. “They are funded under a national partnership agreement—partnership is the keyword there.”
He said the federal government had artificially capped growth to 6.5 percent before the pandemic began, which would reduce hospitals’ ability to cope with demand once the state reopens.
“Given that our hospitals are funded as a partnership, we would like the federal government to increase its contribution to that partnership.”
Queensland is the only eastern state that has yet to lay out a concrete reopening roadmap, with Palaszczuk backtracking on its commitment to a national reopening plan.
In September, Palaszczuk indicated that the state’s borders to its southern neighbor, New South Wales, would remain closed until children under the age of 12 were also vaccinated.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times