Terminally ill woman denied at-home quarantine again

A terminal cancer patient has had her request to quarantine with her Queensland family rejected for a third time as the state government comes under increasing pressure over the border blockade ripping families apart.

A day after news that the family of multi-millionaire former Jetstar boss Jayne Hrdlicka was granted an exemption from hotel quarantine on compassionate grounds, The Sunday Mail can reveal that Victorian woman Bree McQuilty has been rejected a third time, even after producing evidence from her doctors that her terminal skin cancer made her a high health risk for hotel quarantine.

Jayne Hrdlicka arrives at Brisbane Airport to a waiting limo.
Jayne Hrdlicka arrives at Brisbane Airport to a waiting limo.

The developments came as Prime Minister Scott Morrison, on the Gold Coast with State Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington, again chastised the government's stance by saying border restrictions were nothing "to boast of".

The Sunday Mail broke the news of Ms McQuilty's plight two weeks ago, but she has since made a third application for a quarantine exemption in the hope of arriving in time for her mother's birthday on Saturday.

However, that request was also rejected, leaving an emotional Ms McQuilty to question the compassion of the health officials presiding over the application process.

"What was the point of all that (gathering evidence for repeated applications) if they would prefer (to reject it) rather than offer compassionate consideration?" she asked."They'd get more votes if they showed some actual humanity."

Victorian woman Bree McQuilty wants to be able to quarantine with her Queensland family.
Victorian woman Bree McQuilty wants to be able to quarantine with her Queensland family.

However, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Saturday insisted her government was showing compassion when it came to exemptions.

She said it was medical professionals who were making the decisions in the exemptions unit, but brushed off a question over whether they need more resources.

"They're just like you and me," she said. "They care about people. They want the best for people. But they also want to keep Queenslanders safe."

Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles also hit out at the examples of apparent double standards for quarantine exemptions. "Frankly, I'm sick and tired of people trying to use individual stories, the individual distress of people, to try to criticise the restrictions that have kept Queenslanders safe," he said.

Mr Morrison said the public was frustrated by perceived double standards."It's important that as borders are imposed where state governments have made those decisions, that it be done in a consistent way - there can't be double standards," he said.

"There needs to be a clear understanding of how these rules work."

It is understood Ms Hrdlicka's husband is battling cancer and requires chemotherapy.

A spokesperson for Queensland Health said 60 requests had been made for people to quarantine at home since August, all following a medical assessment indicating they were safer at home than in hotel quarantine.

"We understand this can be difficult for many, but it is necessary to save lives," the spokesperson said.

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