STATE RECOVERS: With the number of new COVID-19 cases dropping and the infection curve is flattening the discussion is shifting to what happens next.
STATE RECOVERS: With the number of new COVID-19 cases dropping and the infection curve is flattening the discussion is shifting to what happens next.

Qld political parties make plans to wind back restrictions

GIVEN Queensland's success crushing the coronavirus pandemic, our politicians are now looking towards the future to plan what happens next.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said her government was now shifting its focus towards jobs.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk provides an update on COVID-19 at Parliament House. (News Corp / Attila Csaszar)
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk provides an update on COVID-19 at Parliament House. (News Corp / Attila Csaszar)

She said her government would be holding meetings today with tourism operators and the hospitality industry.

"A lot of work continues behind the scenes of making sure that we have our road map in place for the recovery," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"Of course that is front and centre. We need to get people back to work. We need to get people back into jobs."

While the Queensland Government continues to finalise its recovery plan, the LNP have seized the initiative by releasing their own proposal to reopen the state's economy.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said thousands of Queensland businesses were hanging on by their fingertips and they needed to know when and how the state's economic recovery would begin.

Yesterday she unveiled the LNP's four-stage plan intended to give businesses certainty, calling on Queenslanders to provide feedback on their road map to recovery.

Queensland Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington has laid out her party’s road map to recovery plan. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)
Queensland Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington has laid out her party’s road map to recovery plan. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

"Queenslanders have made huge sacrifices to stop the spread of coronavirus.

"The LNP believes we need a road map to give businesses the hope and ambition and certainty for a restart," Ms Frecklington said.

"We cannot be complacent about the virus, but we cannot be complacent about the future either.

"Business can't be left in the dark, they need to know what the plan looks like to restart the economy, they need certainty."

She said the LNP's recovery road map was staged and measured and would depend on the continued control of coronavirus and social-distancing rules.

Following wider consultation with Queensland business, she said the plan could be further adapted.

In phase one of the plan, cafes, restaurants and shops would be allowed to open for business by the last week of May.

Border and intrastate travel restrictions would also be partially eased.

Other businesses and community facilities, such as public pools and libraries, would be reopened in three further phases throughout June and July. All restrictions on intrastate travel would be lifted by mid-July.

Deputy LNP leader Tim Mander said it was necessary to give Queensland businesses certainty. Picture: PETER CARRUTHERS
Deputy LNP leader Tim Mander said it was necessary to give Queensland businesses certainty. Picture: PETER CARRUTHERS

LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said the party had already held in-depth discussions with Queensland businesses on how best to get the economy moving again.

"The LNP's plan is staged and careful and each phase would only proceed if coronavirus is still contained," Mr Mander said.



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