Pauline Hanson has alleged that the Queensland government has closed schools to scare residents into taking the corona virus seriously.
The One Nation leader said state health chief Jeannette Young admitted there was no medical reason to close them, but advised Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk to do it anyway.
“She actually said we didn’t really have to close the schools, but we want to scare people into taking the coronavirus seriously,” Senator Hanson said. Hit South QLD radio today.
Ms. Hanson referred to the interview of Dr. Young with the Brisbane Times on April 30 in which she admitted that school closure was about messaging.
Pauline Hanson (pictured) claims the Queensland government has closed schools to scare residents into taking the coronavirus seriously
“If you go to the community and say,” This is so bad, we can’t even have schools, all schools have to be closed, “you’re really reaching people,” said Dr. Young.
So sometimes it’s about more than just science and health, it’s about reporting.
So my advice to the Prime Minister was, “We have to do it. It will be terrible, but we have to do it. ‘
Federal health experts have urged schools not to close because children are not at great risk of contracting and spreading the disease.
The schools in Queensland closed on March 26 and reopened on May 15.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Queensland Government for comment.
Radio host Beth Larson (pictured) was shocked to hear Senator Hanson’s claims
Senator Hanson also beat the Prime Minister of Queensland for keeping state borders closed.
“I think she’s using this as a pre-election election attempt in October and I think it stinks,” she said.
“We need leadership, not a dictatorship.”
Senator Hanson launches a legal challenge against the closure of the Queensland border.
She has lined up lawyers and potential claimants to be part of her planned High Court challenge.
Ms Hanson considers it unconstitutional for the Prime Minister to limit the movement of people while seriously damaging the economy.
Home Secretary Peter Dutton has backed up the legal challenge by saying the Prime Minister’s “lack of logic” is killing the economy.
The Interior Minister has repeatedly attacked Ms. Palaszczuk for refusing to reduce coronavirus restrictions and allow visitors to the interstate.
When asked if he thought the Prime Minister’s actions were unconstitutional, Mr. Dutton said he was unsure, but added:
‘People rightly test that if they don’t think so. Because it affects people’s lives. ‘
Residents of New South Wales are unable to take a holiday in Noosa (photo) due to border restrictions that prevent them from entering QLD
He said there was “no logic” supporting the prime minister’s position, despite Jeannette Young, Queensland’s Chief Health Officer, saying it is not safe to let people in until infections in the southern states have fallen.
The National Health Advisory Commission has not made any decision or advice on closings at state borders.
But a roadmap to bring the nation back to normal after the coronavirus crisis allows for travel within and between the states starting July 10.
No new cases were confirmed overnight, and only 12 Queenslanders still have the virus after health officials complete 169,863 tests.
Australia’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Paul Kelly, said he cannot see from a medical point of view why some of the borders remained closed.
But Ms. Palaszczuk has the advice of Dr. Young backed, saying that NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian will not tell her what to do, which has called for the borders to be reopened to support the economic recovery.
Regions such as Port Douglas (pictured) in northern Queensland are not available to anyone outside the state due to border restrictions
“We are not taught by a state with the highest number of cases in Australia,” said Palaszczuk.
Tourism companies have urged the prime minister to open the border from July.
Some southern Gold Coast companies that rely on trade from northern NSW say the closure resembles living with the Berlin Wall.
Senator Hanson has vowed to proceed with her planned High Court challenge, although some observers have warned that the borders will open by the time it is heard.
“I have had three law firms who contacted my office and who wanted to be involved in this case,” she told the Nine Network on Friday.
“They are constitutional lawyers. Surprisingly, we also had 45 people at noon yesterday to come forward as prosecutors in this action against the Palaszczuk government. ‘
University of Queensland constitution professor Nicholas Aroney says Senator Hanson’s promised case pertains to Article 92 of the constitution, which deals with trade and the movement of people between states.
He told SBS that the High Court should decide whether the closure of the border and the resulting restrictions on the movement of persons was a response commensurate with the situation.
And the arguments for keeping the borders closed would weaken as infections decrease, he said.
Dr. Kelly (photo) said the number of coronavirus cases in Australia is so low that the borders need to be removed