A Buderim fly in, fly out worker will miss his five-year-old son having surgery after not being made exempt from quarantine. Picture: File
A Buderim fly in, fly out worker will miss his five-year-old son having surgery after not being made exempt from quarantine. Picture: File

Quarantine keeps FIFO dad from son’s surgery

A fly in, fly out worker desperate to return to the Sunshine Coast will miss his five-year-old undergoing surgery as he is stuck in mandatory quarantine.

Buderim's Jake Hasted recently finished a five-week stint working on a rig in the Bass Strait.

In order to come home to his family and son, Loki, he is required to be in quarantine for two weeks.

Mr Hasted started his fortnight of quarantine on August 28 and has already missed the start of Loki's surgery at Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

"He has already gone under the knife," Mr Hasted said on Tuesday morning.

Mr Hasted said Loki was having surgery to have his tonsils removed.

Because of Queensland's strict border exemption rules, Mr Hasted also faces the possibility of not having a job to return to.

But, "family comes first".

"It's a big problem, but my son's health is more important than money," he said.

"I've already done two weeks in isolation, returned a negative test, and been out on the rig.

"It's hard.

"We do this for our families to get ahead, but they just cut you down."

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Fairfax MP Ted O'Brien said Mr Hasted's case was "heartbreaking".

"If sporting teams and celebrities have been permitted exemptions, how can the government deny access to people's loved ones when they are sick, or access to medical services at times of need? It just doesn't stack up," Mr O'Brien said.

A spokesman for the Premier said Ms Palaszczuk had been clear that she had compassion for people who were impacted by quarantine decisions.

"These are decisions that are based on the expert health advice of the chief health officer," the spokesman said.

"Any exemptions are a matter for the chief health officer."

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Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Ms Palaszczuk said she understood how difficult the pandemic was for some people.

Ms Palaszczuk said she had asked Health Minister Steven Miles and his departments to set up units where they could deal with specialist appointments in a co-ordinated manner.

"I also want to have a social worker working in that unit as well because it is a very distressing time for families," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"Of course, it's going to be like this for some time because our borders are closed to protect the health of Queenslanders.

"But we are not going to deny emergency treatment to people in New South Wales, and we are not going to deny specialist appointments to people who need the specialist appointments in Queensland.



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