Scott Morrison – Qld reacts as PM wants more meetings over vaccine
Queensland government insiders are sceptical of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s push for states and territories to shoulder more of the burden of the nation’s politically fraught vaccine rollout.
Eyebrows were raised in the upper ranks of the Queensland government after Mr Morrison called for national cabinet to start meeting twice a week to get on top of the troubled vaccine rollout, fearing premiers were being used as an insurance policy.
“I can understand weekly or fortnightly but twice a week is unusual,” a senior source within the Palaszczuk government said.
Mr Morrison conceded on Wednesday that the vaccine rollout had experienced difficulties and outlined his intention to work with states and territories on a plan for mass vaccination clinics.
More than 1.2 million doses of the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines have been administered in the first two months of the nation’s rollout, short of the federal government’s initial target of 4 million doses administered by late March.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she was “happy to go along with whatever the Prime Minister requests” and was still waiting to see the meeting agenda.
“There needs to be more confidence given from the Prime Minister and the experts about the rollout of the vaccine,” she said.
“The Australian public needs confidence that everybody is working together, that is what they need, and I think that is what the Prime Minister wants to get out of national cabinet.”