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Interview - 4BC Breakfast with Neil Breen

Ministers:

The Hon Stuart Robert MP
Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business

Topics: Lockdowns and restrictions easing in northern NSW

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NEIL BREEN:

Tomorrow, the residents of northern New South Wales will be free to move about. The lockdowns and the restrictions will ease in northern New South Wales, that includes the Tweed Heads region. We know there's no border bubble at the moment, the ridiculous scenes at the border. Stuart Robert is the Minister for Employment. And Minister, thanks for joining us on 4BC Breakfast.

MINISTER ROBERT:

Neil, good to talk to you.

NEIL BREEN:

Surely the Queensland Government doesn't have to put out a statement and say, oh, we'll have some discussions with New South Wales about this. Surely we just put the border bubble back in place and move on.

MINISTER ROBERT:

No question about it, Neil. They can be shut in with New South Wales today. I’ve got an idea, why not both premiers do a joint press conference tomorrow morning and say, here's the bubble, here’s where it extends, and here's how we're going to work together to give confidence and hope, not just to Queensland, but to those in northern New South Wales.

NEIL BREEN:

I think the words you said there, confidence and hope and a vision. I just spoke about it, Stuart Robert, about, we're never given any vision from the Queensland Government. We're always dealing with the yesterday and putting out bushfires and in small sound bites. And I think other states are a lot more progressive in talking about the future and the federal government. And no one's saying it's perfect or the plan's perfect and will it- but everyone's saying we'll adjust it on the way, but there has to be some way forward.

MINISTER ROBERT:

There is, Neil, it’s called the national plan that all the premiers have signed up to. I think Queensland has had a gutful of living in fear of a daily press conference and a daily lockdown. You can't plan, you can't run your business, and as the Small Business Minister, small businesses are dying here in Queensland because 80 per cent of our tourists and inflows come from the southern states. We've got a national plan. It lays out what happens 70 to 80 per cent. And we saw that yesterday with Premier Berejiklian in New South Wales. She said the Monday after we hit 70 per cent, this is what you can do. There's clarity. There's some confidence now. Heaven forbid there's a bit of hope now in New South Wales.

NEIL BREEN:

Yeah. Well, glad we are getting some hope. Stuart Robert, Minister for Employment. Let's see what happens today, but we're 100 per cent behind you. The border bubble has got to come back. We've got to ease restrictions of travel between New South Wales and Queensland sooner than later. Thanks for joining us.

MINISTER ROBERT:

Great to talk to you, cheers. 

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