The project is hosting DEFEND Annastacia Palazczuk for allowing footy stars to cross the border into Queensland

Stars of The Project have defended Annastacia Palazczuk’s controversial move to fly a planeload full of NRL partners, officials and family members to Queensland without undergoing the usual 14 days of hotel quarantine.

Those on board the charter flight, which arrived in Brisbane on Monday evening from Covid hotspot Sydney, have been given permission to self-isolate at a luxury resort for the period of two weeks.

But ordinary Australians will be treated very differently after the Queensland government halted its hotel quarantine program for arrivals from NSW, Victoria and the ACT because the number of people returning or moving to the state had ‘overwhelmed’ the system.

Despite the seemingly unfair double standards, and even talking to families struggling with the restrictions, hosts of The Project defend allowing NRL stars into the state instead — saying they don’t take spots away from regular Aussies.

NRL partners and family members arrive in Queensland on July 21 after the match was rescheduled due to the coronavirus outbreak in Sydney

NRL partners and family members arrive in Queensland on July 21 after the match was rescheduled due to the coronavirus outbreak in Sydney

The Queensland government announced last week that it would suspend its hotel quarantine program for arrivals from NSW, Victoria and the ACT, but the NRL was granted a waiver.  Pictured: NRL family members arrive in Queensland on July 21

The Queensland government announced last week that it would suspend its hotel quarantine program for arrivals from NSW, Victoria and the ACT, but the NRL was granted a waiver.  Pictured: NRL family members arrive in Queensland on July 21

The Queensland government announced last week that it would suspend its hotel quarantine program for arrivals from NSW, Victoria and the ACT, but the NRL was granted a waiver. Pictured: NRL family members arrive in Queensland on July 21

Poll

SHOULD FOOTY STARS AND WAGS SKIP THE QUEENSLAND COVID QUEUE?

  • Yes – it is a separate facility 0 votes
  • No – it’s not fair 16 votes

Queenslanders locked out outside their home state have been outraged by the policy, which has left them stranded and in many cases separated from their immediate families.

There are now growing calls to introduce a home quarantine system which is currently being trialled in South Australia.

“I can fully understand why they would call for home quarantine, but at the same time I can’t imagine a prime minister saying, ‘I’m going through with this while there’s a trial and we don’t have the results of that trial,’ said host Waleed Aly. .

“I think there are legitimate questions about some people not coming in.

“I see the NRL stuff, I think it’s a different category.”

Panelist Georgie Tunny agreed, despite having only been able to see her Queensland family once in the past two years due to ongoing strict Covid restrictions imposed by the Palazczuk government.

“I understand the complaint and the double standards that footballers and their families are allowed in,” she said.

“The key here is that it’s a separate facility, which doesn’t take away places from people that would theoretically be allowed in if they were given a hotel quarantine waiver.

Natalie Victor, who started the Facebook group, 'Homeless people outside QLD due to border restrictions'

Natalie Victor, who started the Facebook group, 'Homeless people outside QLD due to border restrictions'

Project panelist Georgie Tunny has been unable to see their family due to Queensland's border restrictions

Project panelist Georgie Tunny has been unable to see their family due to Queensland's border restrictions

Project panelist Georgie Tunny (right) and Natalie Victor (left), who started the ‘Homeless people outside QLD due to border restrictions’ Facebook group, have both been unable to see their families due to Queensland’s border restrictions

There are now growing calls to introduce a home quarantine system which is currently being trialled in South Australia.  Pictured: Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk.  from Queensland

There are now growing calls to introduce a home quarantine system which is currently being trialled in South Australia.  Pictured: Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk.  from Queensland

There are now growing calls to introduce a home quarantine system which is currently being trialled in South Australia. Pictured: Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk. from Queensland

“And I also think the key is hopefully the home quarantine system that we’re seeing in South Australia – Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk says they’re very interested in its success.

“The tricky part is that this doesn’t help anyone in these situations like Natalie.”

Natalie Victor, who founded the Facebook group “Homeless people outside QLD due to border restrictions,” told the Channel Ten panel that lives are being ruined by the harsh measures.

“There are so many heartbreaking stories of people being displaced and made homeless in tents, in their cars and in caravans without running water or electricity,” she said.

“Many people are financially ruined and many of their children are now unable to get the childcare they need for special needs and also for education.”

Stars of The Project have defended Annastacia Palazczuk's controversial move to fly a planeload full of NRL partners, officials and family members to Queensland without undergoing the usual 14 days of hotel quarantine

Stars of The Project have defended Annastacia Palazczuk's controversial move to fly a planeload full of NRL partners, officials and family members to Queensland without undergoing the usual 14 days of hotel quarantine

Stars of The Project have defended Annastacia Palazczuk’s controversial move to fly a planeload full of NRL partners, officials and family members to Queensland without undergoing the usual 14 days of hotel quarantine

About 500 partners and children of NRL stars had previously arrived on the Gold Coast on July 21

About 500 partners and children of NRL stars had previously arrived on the Gold Coast on July 21

About 500 partners and children of NRL stars had previously arrived on the Gold Coast on July 21

Benji Marshall and his family arrive at Coolangatta airport on July 21 to enter a bio bubble

Benji Marshall and his family arrive at Coolangatta airport on July 21 to enter a bio bubble

Benji Marshall and his family arrive at Coolangatta airport on July 21 to enter a bio bubble

Ms Victor has been quarantined at the hotel before the deadline, but her husband is still stuck at the border with their dogs and she hasn’t seen him in five weeks.

“It’s very difficult and demoralizing with so much uncertainty,” she said before addressing the decision to grant broad waivers to the NRL.

‘We were outraged. I was very disappointed and angry that those rooms have now been occupied by a sports federation and it almost feels like sport is more important than people’s livelihood and homelessness,” said Ms Victor.

The NRL was granted the waiver because the resort where they stay is outside the hotel quarantine network and does not infringe on the capacity of inbound travelers.

People are seen at police in Coolangatta on the border of New South Wales and Queensland during an anti-lockdown protest (pictured Sunday)

People are seen at police in Coolangatta on the border of New South Wales and Queensland during an anti-lockdown protest (pictured Sunday)

People are seen at police in Coolangatta on the border of New South Wales and Queensland during an anti-lockdown protest (pictured Sunday)

Australian Defense Force and Queensland Police talk in Griffith Street Coolangatta on the border with Queensland on Sunday

Australian Defense Force and Queensland Police talk in Griffith Street Coolangatta on the border with Queensland on Sunday

Australian Defense Force and Queensland Police talk in Griffith Street Coolangatta on the border with Queensland on Sunday

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