Denial of visit for dying NSW father sickening - Ros Bates

From Checkpoint, 6:07 pm on 10 September 2020

A dying Australian man is being denied the chance to farewell his four young children as Queensland authorities enact a hardline approach to covid border security.

Mark Keans has terminal cancer and is not expected not long to live until Christmas. His dying wish is to see his four children aged between seven and 13 to say goodbye.

But the problem is the children live with their mother in Sydney and Queensland Health officials say because borders are closed, only one child can cross the border from New South Wales to say goodbye.

Queensland Premier Anastacia Paluschak insists it is not her decision, saying instead its the decision of Health officials.

But as state premier she does have the final say on who comes across the border and who does not. She's already granted an exemption for Hollywood actor Tom Hanks and for AFL players and officials to self isolate at private hotels.

Liberal National Party Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates told Checkpoint's Bridget Burke the lack of humanity and compassion shown makes Queenslanders sick.