Traffic backs up as border prepares to close

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk speaks to the media during a press conference in Brisbane Tuesday

A surge in coronavirus cases in Melbourne has forced the state of Victoria to impose a night curfew, tighten restrictions on people's movements and order most businesses to stop trading from tonight.

The four occupants of the auto were ordered out of the vehicle while officers conducted a search, locating several clip seal bags allegedly containing quantities of marijuana.

"If they're not, they will have to come into Queensland by air and undergo 14 day quarantine at their own expense", Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler said.

The pair were issued with notices to appear in the Richlands Magistrates Court on August 19 for failing to comply with the Queensland Border Direction and fraud.

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POLICE have confirmed two people in the South Burnett have been caught allegedly lying on their border declaration forms to enter Queensland.

"It is clear now that Australia is experiencing a second wave of Covid-19 and we can not afford to have that second wave here in Queensland", Deputy Premier Steven Miles said.

"This includes both sides of the border - people who live in Queensland but work or go to school in their neighbouring border town, or people who live in New South Wales but come to work or school in their neighbouring border town in Queensland", the website reads.

Ms Palaszczuk defended her decision to close borders to NSW, saying she didn't want her state to become the next Victoria.

Queenslanders are being urged to head home as the state prepares to reinstate a hard border lockdown with NSW this week.

"We would love to see a buffer zone for those living in the border area". Visitors from Victoria and Greater Sydney are already restricted from the state.

"We think that that's an important part of information-sharing, learning and accountability", he said.

The LNP leader, who had called for a July 1 border opening when they were shut, said there were "ways and means" for people to prove they had not been in a hotspot.

"We just don't know how we're going to move forward and how long the borders are going to be shut for, so there's no real outlook for us, or at least not one we can predict", Mrs Bender said.

"The health advice at the time was that there was no reason for the borders to be closed and that's exactly why the Premier listened to the health advice eventually and she opened up the borders".

"We can not forget the economy, we can not forget how important it is to get those 200,000 Queenslanders into work", she said.



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