Palaszczuk must end special treatment for rich and famous

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has hit out at the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s blatant double standards after it was revealed Hollywood celebrity Tom Hanks has been granted an exemption from the normal mandatory hotel quarantine process.

Mr Hanks and other members of the film production company are not staying in one of the mandated quarantine hotels, media reports reveal.

“The double standards are shocking – it shouldn’t be one rule for VIPs and celebrities and another rule for everyone else,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Everyday Australians don’t get to pick and choose where they quarantine and neither should celebrities.

“Today we’ve tragically heard about how four children in New South Wales are unable to visit their father dying of cancer at the Prince Charles Hospital.

“Labor are quick to rollout the red carpet for Danni Minogue and Tom Hanks but won’t lift a finger to help this family see their dying father.

“The family deserves so much better.

“Queensland deserves so much better.

“This is yet another insult to the everyday Australians that have been overlooked by the Palaszczuk Government.”

Ms Frecklington said Queenslanders had heard some heartbreaking stories in the last few weeks:

  • Sunshine Coast grandmother Jayne Brown underwent major brain surgery in Sydney. Ms Brown had her request to quarantine at her property repeatedly denied and was made to hotel quarantine against expert medical advice.
  • Two-year-old Luella, who was recovering from life-saving open heart surgery, was initially unsuccessful in receiving an exemption to quarantine at home.
  • The family of a man with terminal small cell cancer in his brain and spine couldn’t visit him together.

“Labor has failed to show compassion, consistency and common sense on our borders,” she said.

“Queenslanders must be kept safe, but there shouldn’t be special treatment for those who own a super yacht, play or coach football or if you are a celebrity.

“The Premier needs to ensure the exemption system is applied consistently and there is compassion.”

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