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Fri, 18 Sep, 2020

Man charged after threatening to kill Annastacia Palaszczuk

Man charged after threatening to kill Annastacia Palaszczuk

A man from Gold Coast has been charged after making threats to kill the Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk and the Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young.

Police searched a home at Nerang on Wednesday night and arrested and charged a 43-year-old man.

He has been charged with one count of using a carriage service to make a threat to kill.

The man in question is not being held in custody, but has been issued a Notice To Appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on October 7.

Queensland police revealed they have been concerned for the safety and wellbeing of the Chief Health Officer.

"Where there is information that gives us concern for the wellbeing of anyone we will take action — either they will come to us or we will go to them and give them advice on their safety," Detective Superintendent Tony Fleming said.

"My understanding is police have engaged with the CHO and given her some advice."

Dr Young compared the threats to the turmoil people are currently facing due to the pandemic.

"It has taken an enormous toll on me but then, this has taken an enormous toll on nearly every single person in our community.

"Of course it is tough, but as I say, this is tough for an enormous number of people."

Dr Young said she appreciated the Government and police’s support.

"[It] has made me feel much, much safer doing what I need to do," she said.

Dr Young has been under constant pressure from the Opposition and the Federal Government over the state’s extreme border restrictions, saying people should be allowed to enter on compassionate grounds.