Dominic Perrottet ‘more confused than before’ by Queensland’s entry rules
Confusion for interstate travellers over Queensland’s COVID test entry requirements is set to be resolved by a national agreement.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet admitted to Ray Hadley he’s “probably more confused now than I was before” after speaking to his Health Minister Brad Hazzard about the requirements.
There is concern travellers will need to fork out $150 per person to take a COVID test, with the Commonwealth refusing to cover the cost of surveillance testing.
Mr Perrottet estimated NSW taxpayers have spent $1 billion on PCR testing to date, but nevertheless wants to negotiate an arrangement between the Commonwealth and the states through National Cabinet.
A subsidised test costing around $30 upfront, with the states and Commonwealth splitting the remainder, would be “the common sense approach” he suggested.
“If these onerous testing regimes are put in place, someone’s got to pick up the bill.
“If it’s going to keep people safe, I’m happy here in NSW for us to pay our part.”
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Meanwhile, Ray Hadley has confirmed with Queensland Health an SMS indicating a negative result will suffice as evidence of the test.