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Open borders, NSW premier urges Palaszczuk

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has slammed her Queensland counterpart for keeping the state border closed, arguing it hinders economic activity.

Ms Berejiklian has been involved in a public stoush with Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk for refusing to budge on her hard border closure with NSW, which was put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The NSW premier on Wednesday said with Victoria currently "out of action" with stage four restrictions in place, there was extra pressure placed on her state to "subsidise" others.

"Whilst the borders are up, it does inhibit our ability to generate additional economic activity," Ms Berejiklian told reporters in Sydney.

"I'm still not understanding why states aren't allowing NSW residents to interact with them, given the number of cases.

"I'm not suggesting we're out of the woods, but we won't be until there's a vaccine. (My) colleagues in other states need to consider where their state will be in six-to-12 months' time, if they don't encourage their borders coming down."

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard also fired shots at Ms Palaszczuk, but said he had a strong working relationship with his Queensland counterpart Steven Miles.

"I can only express my supreme anger at the Queensland premier's decision, which in my view ... is nothing more than base, loopy politics," Mr Hazzard said.

"I'm appalled by what's going on up there."

Ms Palaszczuk on Wednesday defended the border policy, as recommended by chief health officer Jeannette Young, saying if it wasn't in place Queensland could be in a situation like Victoria.

"I don't know what the future holds, I don't know if all this could be at risk if at the end of October, if the LNP is in office and the borders are open," she told state parliament.

Ms Palaszczuk also said she had sympathy for people unable to visit loved ones in hospital during the hard border lockdown and that she had been unable to visit her uncle when he was diagnosed with lung cancer.

NSW recorded nine new virus cases from 20,852 tests reported in the 24-hour period until 8pm on Tuesday.

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