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
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 (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
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
‘There are far more logical points in my set