KAP's candidate Warrego is Rick Gurnett.
KAP's candidate Warrego is Rick Gurnett.

Warrego KAP candidate on COVID response, ‘she destroyed QLD’

WARREGO KAP candidate Rick Gurnett labelled the Labor's government handling of COVID-19 "hopeless", saying Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk used the pandemic as a political tool in the lead up to the October 31 election.

Mr Gurnett, a cattle producer, said it could have been quite simple - "when you are on the farm and have a sick animal, you isolate the sick and let everyone keep producing".

"It's been hopeless because obviously we haven't had any coronavirus cases out here, you could have driven to the outskirts of Melbourne before you found COVID-19 present," he said.

"All they had to do was fence off Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and stop them coming in and out.

"But instead, they chose to destroy our economy which we will all pay for in the long term."

The way the KAP Warrego candidate put it is, when you have a sick animal on the farm you isolate the sick and let everyone keep producing.

"You quarantine off the outbreak area or the clean area but that never seemed to happen," Mr Katter added.

"There was never any problem in western or north Queensland, there wasn't a need to shut down the economies.

"I've really kept my mouth shut on this issue, but I've given it a lot of thought - about 2000 people die on the roads due to speed and if you reduced the speed to 20kmh, you'll eliminate the 2000 deaths.

"That's more deaths than COVID-19.

"But you want to wreck the whole economy of Queensland to save 1000 lives - motor cars would do less economic damage than what's done here."

Mr Gurnett said if he were premier, he would have just ensured the message was clear - isolate the sick, social distance, washing hands and if you were sick, stay home.

"That's all we needed - education," he said.

"She destroyed the economy and the state.

"She used it as a political tool, every time they go to the election, they've had some sort of disaster."


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