The Chronicle

SAFE, BUT BORDERING ON HEARTLESS

- ELLEN RANSELY

A THREE-year-old boy has become the latest heartbreak­ing face of the Queensland Premier’s “heartless” border closures.

Memphis Francis left the Fraser Coast in early July to visit his grandparen­ts on a cattle station south of Griffith, in rural NSW, and has been unable to return home.

Queensland put up a strict border with NSW on July 23, meaning Memphis has been unable to return home to his parents and younger sister Paisley after multiple exemption knock-backs.

His grandparen­ts are doing their best to keep him amused, but his family say Memphis is desperate to go home. Speaking to 2GB on Thursday morning, Memphis’s mother, Dominique Facer, said eight weeks without her “little mate” had “almost killed” her.

“We miss him. We want him to come,” she said.

Grandmothe­r Alex Facer said Memphis FaceTimed his parents daily but often descended into tears, confused as to why he was unable to go home.

“Something has to be done, we need these kids home,” she said.

“We’ve said we’ll drive him to Goondiwind­i and his parents will meet us there and they’ll go straight home.

“They’ll isolate at home for three weeks, a month, whatever. We don’t want him to go into a hotel and catch Covid there.”

Memphis’s parents and grandparen­ts say for children such as Memphis, being separated from their families is a bigger risk than Covid.

Annastacia Palaszczuk was criticised this week for allowing 100 NRL partners and family to enter despite the rules for other people.

 ??  ?? Memphis Francis, 3, is stuck in NSW at his grandparen­ts’ property near Griffith. Picture: Ginette Guidolin
Memphis Francis, 3, is stuck in NSW at his grandparen­ts’ property near Griffith. Picture: Ginette Guidolin

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