COVID-19 is still unfortunately dominating the headlines and attention of government this new year.
The Premier and Chief Health Officer recently put Brisbane into a three-day lockdown to prevent the potential spread of a highly contagious UK variant of the virus which had infected a cleaner at the Grand Chancellor Hotel in the CBD. After a successful lockdown and week of mask wearing and greater social distancing, it seems that we have contained the spread to only six people.
This is good news for the people of Brisbane, as well as the tourism and hospitality industry across the state with the hot-spot declaration for Brisbane being lifted and individual states relaxing their restrictions on Queensland travellers.
The Premier, together with other relevant Ministers, activated the State Disaster Coordination Centre to deal with tropical cyclone Kimi which was due to cross between Cairns and Townsville, but has luckily since been downgraded to a tropical low and is moving away from the coast for the time being.
There have not been many major announcements so far in 2021, however these usually start flowing after the Australia Day public holiday when most Ministers and staff are back from leave.
During this traditionally quieter period, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has flown into Queensland on a week-long tour of visits and announcements across the state. Post Labor’s win at the state election, it will be interesting to see if the Morrison Government changes its approach towards the Palaszczuk Administration in the lead up to the next Federal Election.