A petition with more than 8,600 signatures is pushing for Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to be stopped from heading to the Tokyo Olympics as part of an effort to secure the Games in 2032.
The change.org petition Deny Annastacia Palaszczuk an exemption to leave Australia to attend the Tokyo Olympics was prompted by Palaszczuk’s admission that she would be quarantining in a hotel on her return despite pushing for the federal government to reduce hotel quarantine caps for those returning from overseas.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk has successfully advocated for a brutal and heartless halving of Australian quarantine spaces, making it even more difficult for stranded Australians to return home,” the petition said.
“The people of Australia believe the Queensland Government should lead by example. We hereby petition for Annastacia Palaszczuk to be DENIED the right to leave Australia at this time until she increases hotel quarantine capacity to such an extent that she will not take up a space that could have gone to a stranded Australian.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk should not be allowed to steal a precious hotel quarantine space from a more deserving stranded Australian trying to return home.”
Palaszczuk, who last week received her second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, said the trip to Tokyo was a “very important” part in the final push for Brisbane to secure the bid for the 2032 Olympics.