‘I hate this dictatorship’: Hanson gives border deadline

 

ONE Nation leader Pauline Hanson has given Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk an ultimatum, open the borders tomorrow or face a constitutional challenge in the High Court.

It comes as Prime Minister Scott Morrison also shot over Queensland's closed borders, saying there is "no doubt" the decision was hurting jobs and the economy.

Talking on both Nine's Today Show and Seven's Sunrise this morning, Ms Hanson has kicked off her birthday by laying down the deadline of opening the borders by 4pm Thursday afternoon or she will move forward with her case against the Premier.

"Annastacia Palaszczuk is actually destroying people's lives, their livelihoods and businesses and they can't go on." She said on Today.

"I hate this dictatorship. I am all for leadership, but this is dictatorship."

 

Pauline Hanson IS threatening to take Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to the High Court over Queensland's border closures. Picture: Channel 9
Pauline Hanson IS threatening to take Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to the High Court over Queensland's border closures. Picture: Channel 9

 

Ms Hanson has also revealed she sent the ultimatum via letter to Annastacia Palaszczuk yesterday afternoon, asking for both her and Queensland's Chief Medical Officer Jeanette Young to present document showing why Queensland's borders should remain closed.

Within that letter to the Premier it states:

"We act for various persons who consider that the Border Bab is invalid under the Commonwealth Constitution and was not authorised by the Public Health Act 2005 (QLD) (the Public Health Act). Because the Border Ban is invalid, we request that you undertake to revoke the Border Ban by 4pm on 28 May 2020 and otherwise undertake not to enforce it."

 

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on the Gold Coast. Picture: Glenn Hampson
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on the Gold Coast. Picture: Glenn Hampson

 

If the High Court Challenge is filed, it will be led by Queensland law firm Mahoneys and recently recruited NSW Constitutional Lawyer Guy Reynolds, with additional funding being made through a GoFundMe Page that has been set up in Ms Hanson's name.

"I want to ensure people that none of this money will go to myself or the oneself party. If there is any money left over, it will go to a charity or charities," she said.

Speaking on Channel 9 this morning, Mr Morrison said it was up to premiers to explain their decisions to keep borders closed in the face of national advice that it was unnecessary.

"The national Cabinet has never agreed that there should be borders closed in Australia," he told the Nine Network.

"That was never the medical expert advice that came at any time.

"Premiers and their governments in states, whether it's SA, WA, Tasmania, Queensland, have all made their own decisions and so they've got to justify those decisions.

"There's no doubt that those sort of orders do harm the economy, they do harm jobs and it is important that we do get those removed as soon as possible.

"They will take their own health advice in their own states, but I want to stress, the national medical advice that came from the expert panel that has driven all the other decisions never recommended closing borders."

 

Originally published as 'I hate this dictatorship': Hanson gives border deadline


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