Former Premier Peter Beattie has urged the Queensland government to open the borders or the state “will go broke”.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, whose father Henry was a minister in Beattie’s government, has promised a decision on opening the NSW and Victoria borders by the end of the week.

Mr Beattie says the borders need to open to protect workers from a deeper recession.

The former Labor premier says Queensland should adopt a contract tracing system like NSW.

“Frankly if we don’t open up then Australia’s going to go broke,” Mr Beattie told ABC News 24 on Tuesday.

“It’s a fact. It’s not a political comment Liberal-Labor, You know whatever, this is about the future of jobs in this country.”

The former premier admits he probably would have shut the borders initially if faced with the same circumstances.


However, time is now running out to stop a longer recession, particularly in Queensland’s major cities.

“Whoever wins the Queensland election, whether it’s Annastacia or Deb Frecklington, whoever wins, they’re going to be faced with an economic tsunami, not a good one,” Mr Beattie said.

“So they’ve got to work out how to go, so here what I’m saying is, okay what was done in the past, let’s give everyone a big tick for that.

“Let’s move forward and the way to move forward is to open up the borders, we have to do this as a country, not have state borders.”

Meanwhile Labor is seething about Clive Palmer’s “fake news” texts to voters claiming the party will introduce a death tax if reelected.

Mr Palmer’s text messages warned voters on Monday that Labor would bring in a death tax.


The premier, cabinet ministers and party members all called it out as a lie.

Labor state secretary Julie-Ann Campbell sent an email to party members late on Monday afternoon titled “Clive Palmer is a liar”

She claimed Mr Palmer is working on behalf of the Liberal National Party leader Deb Frecklington.

“Clive Palmer is a liar, and he’s using his billions to broadcast his fake news across the state,” Ms Campbell said in the email, seen by AAP.

“If Deb Frecklington and the LNP don’t answer to Clive Palmer, they need to call out his blatant disregard for the truth.”

Labor released their costings on Monday, revealing they will need to save $270 million annually from the health budget until 2024 to meet their election commitments.


Treasurer Cameron Dick insisted that staff would not be cut to improve efficiency.

He also has another $317 million available for further stimulus or further election promises before Saturday’s vote.

The release of costings five days out from the state election is designed to ratchet up the pressure on the LNP.

The opposition have insisted that they will not jump the gun on costings before they have made all their election pledges.

The LNP have also said they will not reveal their funding source for election promises either.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is campaigning in the ultra-marginal seat of Whitsunday, held by former LNP MP Jason Costigan, on Tuesday morning.



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