Media release

Palmer files with High Court over border lockdown

Clive Palmer announced today he had filed a High Court writ challenging the constitutional legitimacy of the Queensland Government’s border closure.

“The Queensland economy must keep growing and moving forward especially during the COVID-19 downturn. Opening the border to domestic trade and travel is crucial for the survival of the state economy and for the whole of Australia.

“The people need to get back to work. Tourism is hurting badly and we must act fast before livelihoods are broken beyond repair.

“Australia’s deputy chief medical officer and leading expert on infectious diseases, Professor Paul Kelly, says it’s safe to open the domestic borders yet Annastacia Palaszczuk thinks she knows better. Queenslanders need certainty,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“The Premier is using fearmongering on borders to try and strengthen her appeal, but Queenslanders can see through it.

“As Franklin Roosevelt said in 1933 …the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

“I strongly believe the Queensland Premier will come to her senses and back down on the border closures before our matter is heard in early July.

“If this is the outcome, then it’s been worthwhile

“I have a strong desire to see Queenslanders back on their feet. It is my moral obligation to help,’’ Mr Palmer said.