Friday 18 September, 2020
Annastacia Palaszczuk’s Health Minister must finally show some integrity and resign after it was revealed the town of Blackwater was unnecessarily placed in lockdown for three days.
Leaked emails show Queensland Health knew that local man Nathan Turner, who was just 30 when he died, had tested negative for coronavirus for 72 hours before the news was made public.
LNP Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates said the Minister must quit over the decision to dupe 5000 Blackwater residents and his failure to come clean when questioned by the media yesterday.
“Queenslanders cannot trust the Health Minister. He has shown that he is incapable of telling the truth,” Ms Bates said.
“The people of Blackwater and Nathan Turner’s family were lied to and put through three days of hell.
“Labor have been caught red-handed playing politics with people’s lives.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk is using coronavirus as a political weapon, trying to instil fear in Queensland communities and it has got to stop.
“Instead of apologising, the Minister doubled-down on his deception.
“This is the same Minister who ran a rigged poll to justify re-naming the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.
“Labor’s Health Minister is not fit to serve the people of this state.
“He should quit and, if he doesn’t, Annastacia Palaszczuk should show some leadership and sack him.”