QLD/NSW Border
QLD/NSW Border

Premier ‘should be ashamed’ as elderly booted off bus

An elderly NSW woman booted off an interstate bus at a Gold Coast checkpoint for having spent one hour in COVID-19 hot spot Sydney says Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk should be ashamed of herself.

Karen Warren was one of three people, including a sick 78-year-old man, ejected from the coach at Coolangatta.

Police boarded the Premier Motor Service bus this morning and removed 69-year-old Ms Warren, Gold Coast pensioner Graham McKerlie and a young unidentified man who was too upset to talk.

They were refused entry to Queensland and their luggage was removed.

The trio had travelled from Eden on the NSW coast but stopped in Sydney, which was declared a COVID-19 hotspot last weekend by the Queensland Government.

Ms Warren, from Merimbula on the NSW South Coast, said she had been on her way to visit her son in Brisbane.

She initially said she understood why the Government was being tough on travellers.


But as the reality of her plight sank in, she unleashed on Ms Palaszczuk, saying the border should not have been completely closed.

"We've driven 25 hours to get here and she closed the bloody border… she should be ashamed of herself," Ms Warren said.

"She should be ashamed of herself. She's got no empathy."

Mr McKerlie, who lives at Mudgeeraba in the Gold Coast hinterland, appeared close to tears after being taken off the bus.

"I have a breathing problem, I can't afford the money (for hotel quarantine)," he said as he sat on a kerbside seat with his luggage and walking stick.

Police called an ambulance to take Mr McKerlie to hospital.

Ms Palaszczuk has said she makes no apologies her Government's tough border stance.

Police remove Karen Warren from a bus at the Queensland border. Picture: Steve Holland/NCA NewsWire
Police remove Karen Warren from a bus at the Queensland border. Picture: Steve Holland/NCA NewsWire

 

Graham McKerlie is removed from a bus at the Queensland border before being transported to hospital. Picture: Steve Holland/NCA NewsWire
Graham McKerlie is removed from a bus at the Queensland border before being transported to hospital. Picture: Steve Holland/NCA NewsWire

 

 

Originally published as Premier 'should be ashamed' as elderly booted off bus


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