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Three-year-old boy granted exemption to return home to Queensland

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Memphis Francis will be reunited with his family after spending months stranded at his grandparents’ NSW farm, with authorities claiming they hadn’t applied for permission.

A toddler stranded in NSW away from his parents for months will be granted an exemption to return home to Queensland.

Memphis Francis, three, was staying at his grandparents' Riverina cattle farm, in south-western NSW, when the Queensland Government shut its border.

His parents live in Howard, on Queensland's Fraser Coast.

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Memphis was visiting his grandparents cattle station in south-western NSW when Queensland shut it's border.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt today slammed Queensland's strict border restrictions as a "profound moral failure".

Less than an hour later, Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said the family would be reunited.

She also said the boy's parents and grandparents had not applied for an exemption.

"We have to be asked to be able to give an exemption," Dr Young said.

Memphis has been locked out his home state, and does not understand why he can't go home.

She said the boy was granted an exemption today after the Queensland government was made aware of the circumstances.

He will be flown into Queensland to undertake home quarantine

But Memphis' mother Dominique Facer told 9News the response was "absolute spin" and she had only heard the exemption had been granted via the media.

"My mother and myself have both contacted Queensland Health numerous times."

Ms Palaszczuk said she has requested more research on how opening up Queensland would impact young children as her government comes under pressure to commit to the Federal Government's plan as COVID-19 vaccination rates increase.

The Queensland border is closed to all people from interstate hotspots like New South Wales and Victoria, save for a small handful of essential workers, creating chaos in particular for families and businesses in the NSW border towns of Tweed and Coolangatta.

Yesterday it was announced Queensland will allow a small number of people back into the state from hotspots around the country from this Saturday after a pause on the hotel quarantine intake.

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Ms Palaszczuk said that just 50 families will be permitted into the hotel quarantine system, which is at near-capacity.

Source: 9News

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