Annastacia Palaszczuk seems to have accidentally revealed that she is quarantined in a luxurious suite with ‘heavenly’ pillows, a lavender-scented ‘superkings’ bed and a rain shower.
The Premier of Queensland is serving out her 14-day quarantine period at the Westin Hotel in Brisbane, after celebrating the successful 2032 Olympic bid in Tokyo and attending the opening ceremony.
Ms Palaszczuk’s camp has described her quarantine setup as a “normal hotel room” and a senior police official called them “humble” digs.
“So to speak, I am not staying at the Lodge,” the Prime Minister said at a parliamentary committee hearing this month, referring to the Prime Minister’s residence in Canberra.
However, a painting hanging over the prime minister’s desk in a photo she tweeted from her room this week indicates that she is staying in one of the hotel’s most exclusive rooms.
The same painting is visible in photos the hotel uses to advertise its Renewal and Premium Renewal hotel rooms.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk appeared to reveal that she is staying in a luxury ‘renewal’ or ‘premium renovation’ suite at Brisbane’s Westin Hotel, with this photo she posted on Twitter earlier this week. At the top is a distinctive painting that is only used in some rooms
The painting is visible in photos the Westin uses to advertise its exclusive Renewal and Premium Renewal hotel rooms. Queensland government insists ‘everyday Queenslanders’ can stay in the same room style during their 14-day hotel quarantine experience
Above is the inside of the Premium Renewal room that Ms Palaszczuk is likely to be staying in. The accommodation features a lavender-scented superkings bed, a balcony and city views
The marble bathroom was described as a ‘spa-like experience with signature White Tea Heavenly Bath amenities’ and a Dyson hairdryer
Both potential room types feature a private balcony, ‘stunning views’ of Brisbane city and a ‘spacious living room’.
A marble bathroom “provides a spa-like experience with signature White Tea Heavenly Bath amenities and a Dyson hairdryer,” according to the website.
“Relax naturally in your SuperKing Heavenly Bed with the Sleep Well Lavender Balm, infused with relaxing lavender and chamomile oils.”
The price of the room was not available as the location serves as a hotel quarantine place.
A spokeswoman for the Queensland Government said the Prime Minister would not confirm her precise accommodation arrangements for security reasons.
“The type of accommodation is the same that everyday Queensland residents can get when they are in hotel quarantine at the Westin,” the spokeswoman told the Daily Mail Australia.
“The Prime Minister will be on the same floor as other members of the community in hotel quarantine at the Westin.
“I’m told there are dozens of other rooms on the same floor used for quarantine and dozens of other rooms like this one on the other side of the hotel.
“Any suggestion that the Prime Minister has access to accommodation other than that accessed by anyone else completing the hotel quarantine would be 100% false.”
Above, Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia arrives at Haneda Airport ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
In Tokyo, the Prime Minister hosted the South East Queensland Games in 2032 – but became the subject of a media frenzy when Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates bizarrely ‘ordered’ her to attend Tokyo’s opening ceremony.
On the home front, Ms Palaszczuk was criticized for taking a place in hotel quarantine when she lobbied the federal government to halve arrival limits ahead of her trip.
As the Australian Associated Press reported this week, there were rumors that Ms Palaszczuk was staying in a luxurious three-bedroom suite.
Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski denied that was the case, saying the prime minister is in a “modest” room selected in consultation with the police protecting her.
“It’s what I’d call a modest room, certainly not a three-bedroom suite, which would be a complete inaccuracy, and of course it’s set up so she can do her job, including joining the National Cabinet.”
The prime minister helped secure the 2032 Olympics for Brisbane, but has also been criticized for successfully lobbying the federal government to cut arrival limits in half.
Ms Palaszczuk reneged on her promise not to attend last Friday’s opening ceremony after being clumsily ordered by Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates (left)
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath also publicly denied that the Prime Minister had been given a larger room than what would be allocated to regular returning travelers.
“She is one person staying in one of the many rooms set aside for hotel quarantine,” Ms D’Ath said earlier this week.
“So this room has been used by many other people who have been in hotel quarantine.”
As for Ms Palaszczuk herself, she has continued to tweet about work from hotel quarantine while watching the Tokyo Games on TV.
The tweet that seemed to give away her room type said, “Day four working from hotel quarantine. Pause to watch Ariarne’s epic win – how good was that.”
The Premier of Queensland began her 14 days at the Westin Hotel on Mary Street on Sunday after returning from a controversial week-long trip to Tokyo