The Courier-Mail

HOLIDAY HYPOCRISY

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DEPUTY Premier Steven Miles holidayed at Byron Bay(C-M, Apr 12).

Under normal circumstan­ces, this would not be a cause for fuss.

Many Queensland­ers do that, just as many from other states holiday in Queensland.

We have been regular visitors to Yamba and Iluka since the early 1960s. But we have also seen most of Queensland.

So why the fuss about Miles? Timing would be one reason, but his vocal attacks on the Morrison government on the issue of support for Queensland tourism brands him as a hypocrite.

Bill McCormack, Tarragindi

THE Queensland government has suggested Queensland­ers holiday at home and southerner­s holiday in Queensland to assist tourism jobs.

That Steven Miles recently holidayed both in Queensland and NSW demonstrat­es a commendabl­e sense of national purpose rather than the myopic provincial­ism of his distractor­s.

Surely if we expect some southerner­s to holiday in Queensland, it is not unreasonab­le to expect some Queensland­ers to holiday interstate, especially if complying with a longstandi­ng booking.

Given COVID-19 is likely to persist, continue mutating and risk escape from hotel quarantine for many years, it was not unreasonab­le for Miles to question whether the federal government was taking seriously the Queensland government’s proposal for a secure quarantine facility near Toowoomba.

Given quarantine is a federal responsibi­lity, why did the Morrison government criticise Miles for not providing more details, rather than engaging with the Queensland government to progress the proposal jointly?

David Maclean, Fig Tree Pocket

I, LIKE many others, booked a holiday to Canberra and Melbourne last year and had to cancel it due to COVID restrictio­ns.

Was the Deputy Premier too busy sniping at the federal government to cancel his trip?

If he had cancelled it, he could have booked a holiday in Queensland, the state he is said to promote.

Sheila Duke, Balmoral

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