WA Prime Minister must “explain” his decision on border restrictions: Congressman


Federal Finance Minister Josh Frydenberg and Defense Minister Peter Dutton have told Western Australia Prime Minister Mark McGown that the Western Australian border remains closed 16 days before its initial opening on February 5. In response to the announcement that he would be, he asked to “explain” his decision.

Frydenberg On Friday, many Western Australians said they would question this decision by the Premier of Western Australia.

“Many people in Western Australia will be disappointed with this decision,” Frydenberg said in Channel Seven’s Breakfast Sunrise Program.

“This is a decision made by the Government of Western Australia itself and is for them to explain,” he said.

Defense Minister Peter Dutton Frydenberg understands the great disappointment of the people of Western Australia and said that the Premier of Western Australia must explain his decision.

“When, if not now, as the Western Australians point out?”

“The Prime Minister has outlined some of that plan, no doubt he will say more today, but when people are working on their timeline announced by the Prime Minister, you’re a Western Australian and they do. I can understand why I have the view to do, so I think I’ll have a lot of that feeling today, “Dutton told Sunrise.

Frydenberg said the Omicron variants were more contagious, but less serious.

He said it was important to return to the normal setting where the pandemic is expected to continue for some time.

“The important thing here is that the virus may be with us for some time, so we need to learn to live with it.”

Western Australia initially plans to ease international and interstate travel bans from February 5, after 12 90% of the states have been vaccinated and overpopulation has been vaccinated twice. was doing. However, the resumption is currently suspended indefinitely while waiting for further reviews in February.

On February 5, the exemption for travel to Western Australia will instead be extended to allow Western Australian returnees and those seeking to attend for funerals, palliative care, or other compassionate reasons. ..

International travelers who meet travel requirements should also be quarantined for 14 days.

McGowan reassessed the level of three doses over the age of 16 in this review, which is currently around 26%, with no specific goals set, but obtained “above” the third dose rate. He said he was aiming to do that. 80 percent, maybe 90 percent. “

Meanwhile, the President of the Australian Medical Association, Omar Khorshid On Twitter, he said he was “angry” with the WA border change.

“When it comes to COVID-19, WA Premier is like a one-trick pony. Despite being vaccinated almost 90%, there are still tough borders with the country and the world,” he wrote on his Twitter page. I posted it.

He said mitigation under the “compassionate border arrangement” had been postponed for a long time.

“”Omicron Is already here and it will soon cause a serious outbreak in Washington. Even if you pierce your head into the sand, it will not disappear. Get ready! “

Zoe HydeHowever, an epidemiologist and researcher at the University of Western Australia expressed support for the decision of the Premier of Western Australia, which McGowan’s decision “saves lives, protects freedom, keeps schools open, and powers the economy. I’ll keep it, “posted on Twitter. .. “

Marina Chan

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Marina Chan is a Melbourne-based Australian reporter with a focus on Australian news. Contact her at [email protected]