Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk criticized for posting a SELFIE of her new makeup look
Annastacia Palaszczuk has received bizarre criticism from Queenslanders for posting a selfie of her glamorous new hair and makeup look online while a stack of papers labeled ‘urgent’ were left unattended in the background.
The prime minister showed off her striking makeover at Wednesday’s Covid press conference, ditching her signature natural look in favor of deep red lipstick and freshly curled locks.
Later that night, she started her Twitter account to share a selfie of her made-up look while sitting at her desk.
‘Thank you for all the work you do, Queenslanders. Stay safe,” she wrote.
But eagle-eyed social media users looking at the photo suggested that the prime minister should be handling the “urgent” files she had on her desk rather than collecting “likes” on the platform.
Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk posted a selfie (pictured) on Twitter hours after showing off her glamorous new look at Wednesday’s press conference
“Finish the job in the ‘Urgent’ tray before taking your selfies,” said one person.
‘You literally have work with the indication ‘Urgent’. Really great time to stop and take a selfie and show off your pretty little wallet,” wrote another.
‘What is the ETA of those urgent files?’ A third said.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Prime Minister’s office for comment.
Others criticized the prime minister for taking personal photos while the state’s Covid vaccination rates remain low and harsh border closures keep families segregated and cripple the local economy.
“Make sure to hit that two inches of makeup for your selfie. I haven’t seen my son since March of this year because of these stupid lockdowns. Miss him so much,’ one person commented.
“You post a picture of yourself smiling as you have just made families homeless as they travel with valid permits issued by your government. Sickening,” another added.
‘Leave Twitter and Facebook and regulate our pathetic vaccination rates. FFS,” read a third comment.
One person asked, “Just let her do it and got the urge to share?” while another wondered, “Was this for Instagram?”
‘Maybe take your share of the returning overseas travelers, then go get your hair done! Enjoy your non-touristy summer,” said another.
Unimpressed Queensland residents urged PM to address state’s Covid crisis before uploading selfies on social media
One person suggested that Ms Palaszczuk posted the selfie because she “felt cute”, referencing the viral meme phrase
But not everyone was dissatisfied with the prime minister’s post, some praised her revamped image and thanked her for leading the state.
‘Looks very glamorous there Prime Minister! And damn good work too,” someone complimented.
“I know this isn’t right, but you look beautiful!” Another wrote.
“Looks very nice and healthy,” said another.
“I am delighted with the new haircut Premier, thank you for all you do for us Queenslanders,” added a fourth.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Ms Palaszczuk’s office for comment.
It comes as Ms Palaszczuk announced that Queensland had suspended its hotel quarantine program for domestic travelers from NSW, Victoria and the ACT for two weeks amid capacity pressures as it avoids another Covid outbreak.
Ms Palaszczuk said that with 5,114 people in hotel quarantine, including 3,257 domestic arrivals, the system’s 22 hotels are under too much pressure.
Ms Palaszczuk debuted her glamorous new look during Wednesday’s Covid update (pictured), where she announced that Queensland had suspended its quarantine program for domestic travelers
“So we just don’t have the space at the moment, we are reconsidering, we are looking at other options, but Queensland is being held to death,” Ms Palaszczuk told reporters on Wednesday.
Anyone from NSW, Victoria or the ACT with a Border Exemption Pass, other than extraordinary exemptions, must reapply to enter.
A new system is being set up to allocate specific hotel quarantine rooms to travelers from September 8.
Ms Palaszczuk said the evacuation of personnel from Afghanistan by the federal government, which she supports, also put pressure on capacity.
She said Queensland is not considering following South Australia with a trial of home quarantine to ease the pressure.
Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said it wasn’t as easy as moving into more hotels either.
New rules for those quarantined at a hotel when moving to Queensland require people to book a room in the hotel facility before traveling and reapply for a border pass (Brisbane’s Hotel Grand Chancellor, photo)
“They need to be vaccinated, they need to be trained in the use of personal protective equipment, they need to be trained in infection control and we have just reached that capacity,” she said.
“That’s why we need a break to recalibrate.”
While Queensland may have avoided an outbreak, the government still sees a risk from the Delta variant outbreak in NSW.
At present, only certain essential workers who have had at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine are allowed to enter Queensland.
About 120 Australian Defense Force troops have arrived to support border police at checkpoints.
Acting Superintendent Rhys Wildman says four checkpoints will have two ADF personnel working 24 hours a day, guarding all access roads to Queensland along the border.
He added that the interruption of the hotel quarantine for two weeks has led to a drastic reduction in the number of vehicles passing the checkpoints.
“We now drive an average of 2000-2500 vehicles a day through the checkpoints, which is a drastic reduction,” he said.
Queensland did not register any new cases of Covid-19 on Thursday.
From 12 noon on Wednesday, people entering Queensland will not be allowed to enter with an entry pass and will have to reapply for a border pass to be given a time to enter for another two weeks (photo – travelers wearing masks in Queensland)