INDI MP Helen Haines has accused the Federal Government of double standards and ignoring hardship on the NSW-Victorian border.
Her attack follows Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on Tuesday trumpeting a joint federal-state funding deal for the NSW-Queensland frontier.
The package from Canberra and the Sunshine State includes $14.55 million for Queensland border businesses and $700,000 for added mental health aid.
"Tourism and hospitality businesses on the Queensland and NSW border have done it particularly tough as they feel the impact of lockdowns and border restrictions," Mr Frydenberg said.
"That's why the Morrison Government is increasing support to these businesses and industries that need it most."
Dr Haines said: "The economic pain felt in our region is undeniable, yet the Federal Government has looked the other way.
"This package for Queensland shows the Federal Government will provide specific funding for border regions.
"Well, we have one right here that should have been first in line."
BREAKING: We’ll deliver an emergency support package for businesses in the border zone hurting due to NSW restrictions.— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) September 14, 2021
Our $54.55 million jointly funded package will also include support for tourism operators across Queensland badly impacted by ongoing interstate lockdowns. pic.twitter.com/sXvetkFCWH
Dr Haines wrote to Mr Frydenberg on August 4 asking for targetted border assistance from the government in the wake of Victoria tightening its bubble.
A reply from the Assistant Treasurer's office urged Dr Haines to "continue engaging with the Victorian Government" on specific aid and "additional challenges on the borders".
Farrer MP and Federal Government minister Sussan Ley accused Dr Haines of "jumping the gun".
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Ms Ley said the COVID impact on Queensland was different to NSW and Victoria and Murray River communities had received federal help via business grants, JobSaver and disaster payments.
"The NSW Treasurer has indicated he is forming plans for a similar COVID business recovery package, with emphasis on the tourism and hospitality sector, from mid-October," Ms Ley said.
"I expect the same will occur in Victoria, but how and what role the Federal Government will play when those packages are finalised is still being determined."
Ms Ley added the federal Treasurer knew of our area's plight.
"I can assure you, Josh Frydenberg is well aware of the devastating impact to tourism and hospitality along the border, because I am letting him know every single chance I get," she said.