Peter Dutton has criticized the three-day blockade of Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk as “panic”.
Coronavirus restrictions remain in effect statewide despite the closure of Greater Brisbane ending Thursday.
Speaking to Sky News after leaving the closure, Queensland MP Dutton said leaders should be able to deal with an outbreak of a few cases.
“From the beginning, probably even in this last example, there has been a bit of panic on the part of Prime Minister Palaszczuk,” Dutton said Sunday.
“We are fortunate that the cases eventually decreased and that the follow-up of contacts was effective.”
The nation’s new defense minister said the default position should be to keep borders open because people were vaccinated.
“I hope it’s in the past because it’s incredibly disruptive and makes it very difficult for people to plan,” Dutton said.
“We want to make sure that people’s businesses are viable, especially in the coming months, and that closing the borders in a simple way does not help.
“There was a lot of concern on the part of the tour operators and, rightly, that the reserves would fall drastically.
“Obviously people couldn’t go to restaurants, but all their shelves are stored, they had meat and all the food rotting, which would otherwise have been served to people during a very busy period of Easter.”
Queensland did not register any new locally acquired COVID-19 cases on Sunday.
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said a traveler abroad had tested positive for COVID-19.