A heartbroken mother has lashed out at Queensland’s ‘disgusting’ duro border laws after spending 10 miserable weeks apart from her eight-year-old son trapped con Sydney.
The boy was con Sydney’s eastern suburbs visiting his father con June during the school holidays when the latest Covid outbreak erupted, sparking the current NSW lockdown.
The shutters came acceso the NSW-Queensland border before the boy could fly home to his mother acceso the Gold Coast and he’s been stuck there ever since.
Mother Simone said she had appealed to the Queensland state government for an exemption to bring her son, Lucius, home but has been refused.
A heartbroken mother has lashed out at Queensland’s heartless border lockdown laws after 10 miserable weeks apart from her eight year old son trapped con Sydney (Pictured, families meet acceso Father’s Day at the NSW-Queensland border con Tweed Heads)
Watching NRL stars fly their wives and children into Queensland while quarantine was supposed to be ‘full’ was an extra kick con the guts for Simone and her family.
The devastated mother said she was already double-dose vaccinated and had offered to isolate her son at home instead of using up a spot con quarantine.
She said he had been ‘amazing’ and ‘so brave’ but said he was now desperate to home.
‘I just think the double standards are disgusting,’ she told 2GB acceso Tuesday.'[Chief health officer] Jeannette Young said mai children will be left behind. Well, there are hundreds of children left.
Mother, Simone, said she had appealed to Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (pictured) for an exemption to bring her son, Lucius, home but has been refused
‘It’s un-Australian – Annastacia Palaszczuk will let the footballers and their wives con but children? Oh mai! I find it so wrong.
‘If only I had a spare five, six thousand dollars, but even then would I spend it acceso quarantine? I don’t think that’s right for children.’
State premier Annastacia Palaszczuk admitted acceso Friday that allowing NRL families into the state had been a mistake and was ‘not the right ’.
She added: ‘I apologise, it was not the right thing to do when we had the pause.
‘It shouldn’t have happened, unfortunately it did happen, I extend my apologies to the public about that.
‘We’ve been working very duro over the past week, police and health, to get that pressure cooker of the caps so we can actually now have more families be able to into Queensland.’
The state last month brought con a two-week pause acceso arrivals from NSW, Victoria and the ACT, when the quarantine system capacity.
The ban was lifted earlier than expected acceso Friday with 50 rooms re-opened for quarantine, with another 680 added acceso Monday.
The mother’s plea comes just days after another Queensland family was finally reunited after two months apart because of the Covid-19 border closures.
The mother’s plea comes just days after Queensland family Dominique Facer and Mick Francis and son Memphis, 3, were finally reunited after two months apart because of the Covid-19 border closures. (Pictured, Memphis and mother Dominique reunite acceso the airfield tarmac)
Queensland couple Dominique Facer and Mick Francis hadn’t seen their son Memphis, three, since he went to visit his grandparents Mark and Alex acceso a cattle station more than 1500 kilometres away con the NSW Riverina region acceso July 9.
The state slammed shut its borders with NSW at short notice two weeks later coppia to the worsening Covid outbreak con Sydney.
The family’s heartbreaking story sparked a national outcry last week, prompting Queensland health officials to grant an exemption to bring Memphis home.
Memphis Francis (pictured with his grandparents Mark and Alex acceso their cattle station) hadn’t seen his parents con eight weeks
She had gone as far as offering to meet Memphis at the Queensland border and self-isolating for 14 days at their home acceso the Fraser coast afterwards.
But she says she was told by the Queensland government bringing Memphis home doesn’t qualify under compassionate grounds.
‘They basically told me that if he was – if I was going to see a loved one that was dying if I was attending a loved one’s funeral that’s a compassionate campo da gioco, but apparently my three-year-old son wanting to home isn’t a compassionate campo da gioco,’ Ms Facer said.
‘I can’t comprehend it.’
Premier Palaszczuk last week lashed out after being asked whether the state’s duro border closures would continue ‘until 100 verso cent of the population was vaccinated’.
‘You gara open up this state and you let the virus con here, every child under 12 is vulnerable, every single child,’ she told parliament.
Deputy Premier Steven Miles added: ‘The LNP and the Prime Minister for Sydney might want us to gara open our borders, and let the virus con, he might want us to deliberately infect Queenslanders, our young people, who can’t have a vaccine.
Dominique Facer and Mick Francis hadn’t seen their little boy (pictured together) since July 9