Media release

Clive Palmer includes Queensland in High Court border challenge

Clive Palmer has announced Queensland would now be included along with WA in the High Court challenge over domestic border closures in this afternoon’s directions hearing in Brisbane.

“Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and her Government will be included in my instructions regarding the High Court challenge this afternoon,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“I am duty bound to show solidarity towards and do whatever is in my power to help those who are now unemployed and have businesses that have been adversely affected.

“At this historical time there are thousands of Australians in need of rest and recovery.

“Queensland is at the top of the holiday wish list in Australia and it is an injustice that the borders are not open.

“There are over 30,000 people unemployed on the Gold Coast alone. We are seeing devastation across the state as a result of economic downturn,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“Opening the borders in Queensland will provide the boost needed to return jobs and prosperity to this state.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk is discriminating against her own people by locking away the fruits of Queensland such as the Great Barrier Reef and other treasures from interstate visitors.

“History tells us he who stops to ponder the past, loses sight of the future.

“Queensland cannot wait any longer, we need action now.

“This is why my lawyers have been instructed to include Queensland in the High Court challenge this afternoon,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“It is a matter of national importance that the borders be open.”