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Preferential treatment of NRL players entering Qld angers some of still locked out of state

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For those still locked out of Queensland due to Covid border restrictions, the preferential treatment of NRL players feels like a slap in the face.

News this week that Titans five-eighth Will Smith was allowed to drive from Tweed Heads to Brisbane for off-season training had one woman who was still stuck at the border fuming.

The woman, named Lexi, called in to local talkback station 4BC to vent her frustration, describing the situation as “ludicrous” and “amoral”.

Having initially made the move from Melbourne to Brisbane with her husband in July, one car trip to transport furniture and a caravan saw the couple locked out when borders slammed shut again.

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Gold Coast Titans recruit Will Smith has prompted anger over “amoral” Queensland border rules.
Camera IconGold Coast Titans recruit Will Smith has prompted anger over “amoral” Queensland border rules. Credit: News Regional Media

They are now among dozens of people forced to camp out at the Moree Showground south of the border as they await news of their fate from state authorities.

“In the last couple of weeks, the showgrounds have now been filling up with people all waiting to get over the border,” Lexi said.

“There would be over a dozen people who have been here the whole time he’s been here, just waiting.”

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Meanwhile, Smith joined his new Gold Coast team for training yesterday, despite Queensland Health’s strict rules concerning who can and cannot enter the state.

Pressure is growing on Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to clear up confusion over border restrictions, which have caused untold grief and turmoil for many Aussie families since they began.

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