Western Australia could make crucial decision about its borders TODAY after sticking with hard closure despite opposition from other states
Western Australia could make a decision about their borders on Friday – as Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk prepares to make an announcement about opening her state.
The state disaster council, chaired by Premier Mark McGowan, will meet on Friday to discuss updated health advice.
The meeting comes days after a new poll showed most West Australians wanted the premier to set a date for reopening state borders.
The poll, commissioned by Tourism Council WA, showed similarly strong support for opening to states with low or zero transmission of COVID-19.
Western Australia could make a decision about their borders on Friday. Pictured: Police officers and Royal Australian Navy personnel are seen stopping drivers at an intrastate checkpoint near the border of the Peel and South West regions in April
Education Minister Sue Ellery, the government’s leader in the upper house, on Thursday said she was yet to see the latest advice but expected it would reflect the continued decline in virus case numbers in NSW and Victoria.
‘The hard border policy has served us well,’ she said.
‘It’s been based on health advice and it has meant that our economy has been able to flourish at at time where other parts of the Australian economy have suffered real damage, and indeed around the world.
‘We will consider that advice tomorrow. I’m not going to speculate on what is in it or what we decide.’
Every other state and territory has committed to reopening its borders by Christmas.
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WA’s disaster council, chaired by Premier Mark McGowan (pictured), will meet on Friday to discuss updated health advice