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Qld not giving up on regional quarantine

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Queensland believes the federal government has all the details for a regional quarantine proposal as Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk accused the prime minister of "cherry-picking" projects from other states.

An ongoing stalemate with the Commonwealth over a proposed facility near Toowoomba shows no sign of being resolved as each side accuses the other of not co-operating.

"We will continue to put our case to the federal government, but it's a bit rich cherry-picking which ones the federal government likes and which ones they don't like," Ms Palaszczuk said on Wednesday.

"(Prime Minister Scott Morrison) doesn't need any more detail ... the threshold question here is are they going to allow flights to land into the airport, yes or no?"

With successive COVID waves happening around the world, Ms Palaszczuk said Australia would need an alternative to quarantine hotels to avoid further community outbreaks.

The Wagner Corporation wants to build a quarantine facility that would host up to 1000 travellers and 300 staff, but the federal government has repeatedly said the plan lacks detail.

"Who's going to operate it? Where's the workforce going to come from? Who's running the infection control procedures or where is the security workforce coming from? All of this needs to be established," Prime Mr Morrison told ABC radio on Tuesday.

In comparison, he described a proposal by the Victorian government as "comprehensive", with details of capital expenditure and workforce requirements.

Likewise, he said NSW was working with the federal government on a plan for international student arrivals.

"They're not doing it as some sort of political show ... they're just working with us, and I would encourage the Queensland government to do the same thing," he said.

The mayor of Toowoomba also wants to see more details of Queensland's proposal, state opposition leader David Crisafulli said on Wednesday.

"It seems a little strange that Victoria, a government of the same political persuasion as here in Queensland, has been willing to release that to the Commonwealth," he said.

"It's not good enough to say all the information is there. Be open and up front and release it."

Queensland has recorded one new case of COVID-19 in hotel quarantine, bringing the state's total active cases to 15.

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