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Queensland Deputy Premier rips up $30m invoice

Queensland’s Deputy Premier Steven Miles has filmed himself ripping up a tax invoice from the NSW Government asking Queensland to pay for their residents who quarantined in NSW.

The invoice, which was for the eye-watering amount of more than $30 million, detailed the quarantine costs of 7,112 travellers who provided a residential address in Queensland.

The bill is for the period March 29 to September 30 last year.

A copy of the $30 million + invoice posted by Steven Miles. (Facebook)

In a post to social media Mr Miles said it was “very satisfying” to rip the mega bill.

“Lots of people have asked me how satisfying it felt to tear up that ridiculous bill from New South Wales for hotel quarantine. And the answer is, very satisfying,” Mr Miles wrote.

Mr Miles is doubling down on comments he made yesterday, where he said Queensland would not pay the bill until the Federal Government endorses the state’s plan for a national quarantine centre.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian urged Queensland to ‘do the decent thing’. (9News)

“Scott Morrison has given the go ahead for NSW to send Queensland taxpayers a $30 million bill for their quarantine program, even though it’s 100 per cent a federal responsibility,” Mr Miles said.

“He’s like a school bully telling us we have to give our lunch money to New South Wales.

“We’re not going to pay this bill, not while the Commonwealth refuses to endorse our plan for a national quarantine centre.”

Steven Miles tearing up the invoice in a bizarre video posted to Facebook. (Facebook)

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said waiting for quarantine hub approval was a “lame excuse” and Queensland needs to “do the decent thing”.

“Queensland’s quarantine hub issue is with the federal government, while this is a direct debt they owe to the people of NSW and they need to do the decent thing and pay up,” Ms Berejiklian said.

Mr Miles’ proposal is for a quarantine hub to be built on the outskirts of Toowoomba, to be handled and built by construction firm Wagners.

The purpose-built facility could quarantine up to 1000 travellers at a time, but needs Federal approval before it can be built.

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The invoice is due on March 19.

Source: 9News | World News

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