Samantha Armytage has slammed Annastacia Palaszczuk for ‘playing the bullying card’ after she refused to let a woman leave hotel quarantine for her father’s funeral.
The Sunrise host said she was ‘astounded’ by the Queensland border debacle as she was joined by One Nation MP Mark Latham and former premier of Victoria Jeff Kennett on Friday morning.
‘I was astounded and I watched the news last night and I saw Annastacia Palaszczuk play the bullying card,’ Armytage said.
‘Scott Morrison got involved in this situation… He shouldn’t have had to but he did.’
The prime minister called the premier to ask for an exemption to allow Sarah Caisip to join her family at her father Bernard’s memorial service in Brisbane on Thursday.
Despite Mr Morrison’s input, the 26-year-old was denied the chance to join her grieving family and instead had a private viewing on her own after the funeral.
Ms Palaszczuk lashed out at Mr Morrison in Parliament after the phone call, claiming he tried to intimidate and bully her into bending the rules for Ms Caisip.
Mr Morrison responded to her claims on Sky News on Thursday night.
‘I don’t really care what they say about me,’ Mr Morrison said.
‘It’s not about me. It’s not about her. It was about Sarah. It was about Isobel. It was about Myrna. And and it was about Bernard [Ms Caisip’s family]. That’s the only stuff that mattered today.
‘It wasn’t about borders. It wasn’t about whether they should be up or down. It wasn’t even about jobs today. And jobs are incredibly important, as you know. But this was just one day I had hoped that something different could be done.’
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Sarah Caisip is pictured with her father Bernard Prendergast, 11-year-old sister Isobel Prendergast and mother Myrna Prendergast. The 26-year-old was denied a quarantine exemption from the Queensland government to attend her father’s funeral in Brisbane on Thursday
Samantha Armytage is ‘astounded’ by the Queensland border debacle