Incredible moment a smirking Annastacia Palazczuk tells Gladys Berejiklian ‘DON’T come to Queensland’ – minutes after the NSW premier had a cheeky exchange with Karl Stefanovic over border stoush
- Annastacia Palaszczuk made snub to Gladys Berejiklian’s invite on TV on Friday
- Ms Berejiklian had invited all premiers to come and visit her in New South Wales
- Invitation came after Queensland reopened its border to state on February 1
- Ms Palaszczuk said Ms Berejiklian could visit Queensland before delivering snub
- She said if premier was still critical of QLD border closure then ‘don’t come’
Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has told the New South Wales premier not to come to her state during a live TV interview.
Ms Palaszczuk made the snub to Gladys Berejiklian while speaking on the Today Show at Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast on Friday morning.
She had been defending her state’s hard border closure with New South Wales, which was finally eased after six weeks – the third such lockdown since the pandemic began – on February 1.
Though the topic remains a sore point between the two state premiers who have not been on talking terms since the borders were first closed in March 2020 – accusing each other of ignoring text messages and briefing against one another.
Host Leila McKinnon told the premier Ms Berejiklian had appeared on the show 20 minutes earlier and extended an invitation for Ms Palaszczuk to visit Sydney.
Ms Palaszczuk laughed off the invitation before she gave a cutting response.
Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has told the New South Wales premier not to come to her state during a live TV interview
Only 20 minutes earlier Gladys Berejiklian had appeared on the Today Show where she shared a cheeky exchange with Karl Stefanovic over the reopening of the border, before extending an invitation to the Queensland premier
‘Everyone from NSW is welcome to come here but Gladys used to co-go to Palm Cove I hear,’ she said.
‘But if she is going to criticise Queensland, don’t come to Queensland.’
Only 20 minutes earlier, Ms Berejiklian had appeared on the Today Show where she shared a cheeky exchange with Karl Stefanovic over the reopening of the border, before extending a tongue-in-cheek invitation to the Queensland premier.
Stefanovic opened the interview with a backhanded comment about the premier’s ongoing stoush with Ms Palaszczuk.
‘Wish you could be here on the beautiful Sunshine State at Burleigh Heads,’ he said.
Ms Berejiklian rolled her eyes before laughing off the cheeky jab and replying, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah’.
The Today Show host later capped off the interview with another bold question.
‘When are you coming to God’s country to have a dark and stormy with the Queensland premier?’ he said, pointing at their less than brilliant relationship.
Ms Berejiklian responded in good humour: ‘Well I’m hoping all the premiers will come to NSW, the only state where everybody is welcome all of the time.’
‘We are open always. We welcome everybody. You don’t have to be worried about being locked in or locked out.’
The state border closure remains a sore point between the two state premiers who have not been on talking terms since the borders were first closed in March 2020 (pictured, the border at Coolangatta on December 21, 2020)
McKinnon pointed out the hard border closure had been particularly tough on businesses (pictured, quiet streets in the Gold Coast as businesses remained closed in August 2020)
Ms Palaszczuk had earlier said she held no regrets about closing the Queensland borders, saying the long-term payoff was worth the months of lockdown.
‘Look at our lifestyle, everyone here is getting on with their life, overseas they are locked down, not going to work, they are not enjoying their freedoms and not going to any tourist destinations,’ she said.
‘This is the lucky country.’
McKinnon pressed the premier on the issue and pointed out the lockdown had been particularly tough on businesses.
Though Ms Palaszczuk remained firm on her position and said health was the top priority.
‘You can’t have a job unless your health is protected, and we had to take those measures,’ she said.