Melbourne cancer patient rejected from Queensland hotel quarantine exemption is angry at NRL players

A terminal cancer patient is outraged she was rejected for a hotel quarantine exemption while celebrities and athletes are given special treatment.

Regional Victorian woman Bree McQuilty wants to visit her family in Brisbane for Christmas before she dies and quarantine at their home rather than a hotel. 

Ms McQuilty’s doctors argue she will be at greater risk in a hotel due to her weakened immune system and have provided supporting letters for her – but she has been rejected from hotel quarantine three times. 

Regional Victorian woman Bree McQuilty (right) and her mother Sandie Graham, who lives in Brisbane. Ms McQuilty, who has terminal cancer, wants to quarantine at her family home in Brisbane but her hotel quarantine exemption has been rejected three times

Regional Victorian woman Bree McQuilty (right) and her mother Sandie Graham, who lives in Brisbane. Ms McQuilty, who has terminal cancer, wants to quarantine at her family home in Brisbane but her hotel quarantine exemption has been rejected three times

Ms McQuilty’s mother Sandie Graham said it was unfair that her daughter was not given an exemption while celebrities were. 

‘Where is the fairness? You read about celebrities and they can have 30,000 people at a football match, but a person with terminal cancer who even has letters from her doctor can’t get a look in,’ Ms Graham told The Courier Mail. 

‘This may be Bree’s last Christmas so we’re just hoping that they will relax the restrictions by then.’

There are about 3,700 people in forced hotel quarantine in Queensland, which costs $2,800 for an adult, $3,710 for a couple or $4,620 for a family of four.  

Meanwhile, Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy is living it up in a beachfront apartment on the Sunshine Coast. 

Melbourne Storm's Cameron Smith prior to the NRL Grand Final. The Storm are staying in a Sunshine Coast 'bubble' after winning the Grand Final in Sydney last month

Buddy Franklin and other AFL players at a 'quarantine hub' during the season.

Melbourne Storm’s Cameron Smith (left) prior to the NRL Grand Final. The Storm are staying in a Sunshine Coast ‘bubble’ after winning the Grand Final in Sydney last month. Similarly, AFL players (right), their significant others and children formed ‘AFL hubs’ at various resorts and golf courses in Queensland during their season

A 'vague' email Ms McQuilty received from Queensland Health before being rejected from a hotel quarantine exemption

A ‘vague’ email Ms McQuilty received from Queensland Health before being rejected from a hotel quarantine exemption

Bellamy and his players were all granted exemptions to quarantine and are staying in a Sunshine Coast ‘bubble’ after winning the Grand Final in Sydney last month.

They are required to quarantine for 14 days in private homes or ‘approved government accommodation’.

Similarly, AFL players, their significant others and children formed ‘AFL hubs’ at various resorts and golf courses in Queensland during their season. 

Actor Tom Hanks was also granted special treatment for his hotel quarantine, staying at a Broadbeach resort rather than a quarantine hotel in September.    

More recently, Masked Singer judge Dannii Minogue was completely exempt from hotel quarantine after arriving in Queensland from the US.  

Despite the clear double standard, Ms McQuilty said she ‘doesn’t care’ about what Dannii Minogue and other celebrities are doing. 

Masked Singer judge Dannii Minogue (pictured) was completely exempted from hotel quarantine after arriving in Queensland from the US. Actor Tom Hanks was also granted special treatment for his hotel quarantine, staying at a Broadbeach resort rather than a civilian-filled hotel in September

Masked Singer judge Dannii Minogue (pictured) was completely exempted from hotel quarantine after arriving in Queensland from the US. Actor Tom Hanks was also granted special treatment for his hotel quarantine, staying at a Broadbeach resort rather than a civilian-filled hotel in September

‘There are far more logical points in my set of circumstances that could be highlighted in support of my case, moreso than whatever the celebrities are doing or not doing,’ Ms McQuilty wrote in the Buloke Times. 

She pointed out that she stayed in Buloke in western Victoria for most of the pandemic, which ‘truly over-qualifies for the 14 days at zero cases target guideline’. 

The daughter is stuck in Melbourne as many of her medical appointments are in the city. 

Ms McQuilty said she was being weaned off high dose steroids that severely compromise her immune system.

‘I am at risk from any bug, infection, allergen, gastro etc. And my mum’s home is ready and waiting to provide a nurturing environment to convalesce in,’ she wrote.

‘The trip alone will be taxing on me, but the decision to go for my mental health, and in the hope to see family that I haven’t wrapped my arms around since prior to my terminal diagnosis, have driven me to make the journey while I have the chance between medical appointments.’ 

Despite the clear double standard, Ms McQuilty said she 'doesn't care' about what Dannii Minogue and other celebrities are doing. She said doctors' statements and fact she lives in regional Victoria should be 'logical' enough to allow her to quarantine at her family home

Despite the clear double standard, Ms McQuilty said she ‘doesn’t care’ about what Dannii Minogue and other celebrities are doing. She said doctors’ statements and fact she lives in regional Victoria should be ‘logical’ enough to allow her to quarantine at her family home

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