Paranoid premier Mark McGowan threatens to lock out Covid-free South Australia if opens border to Victoria and NSW at 80 per cent vaccination – warning it ‘may regret that decision’
- WA premier has threatened to shut his state’s border with SA if it opens border
- SA Premier Steven Marshall is supporting national plan to open at 80 per cent
- Mr McGowan on Tuesday said that his SA counterpart ‘may regret that decision’
- WA leader said he would shut border with SA if the virus starts spreading there
Mark McGowan has threatened to shut the WA border with South Australia if it opens to Covid-hit Victoria and NSW at 80 per cent vaccination.
SA Premier Steven Marshall on Sunday threw his support behind the national plan to reopen interstate borders once 80 per cent of the Australian adult population is fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
But the Western Australian premier wants 85 to 90 per cent of his residents vaccinated before he even considers opening to states with Covid cases – likely not until Easter 2022.
On Tuesday, Mr McGowan said his SA counterpart ‘may regret that decision’ to open up if the state starts to record transmission of the virus again.
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Pedestrians are pictured walking in Perth on June 29. Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan has threatened to shut his state’s border with South Australia if it follows through on a plan to open the border to Covid-hit Victoria and NSW
‘The Tasmanian Premier has said 90 per cent before he considers [reopening the border],’ Mr McGowan said on Tuesday.
‘The SA Premier is now saying 80 per cent. I don’t know when they’ll get to 80 per cent, what comprises that 80 per cent and whether or not they do it.
‘If SA then has community spread of the virus they may regret that decision and if they do, obviously we’d take health advice, but most likely we would close to that jurisdiction.’
Mr Marshall hit back at the WA state leader on Wednesday when asked about Mr McGowan’s comments.
‘Other premiers can sort out what they want to do in their state… we cannot keep Australia locked up forever,’ he said.
‘We are going to have to learn to live with this.’
WA’s full-dose vaccination rate sits at 39.3 per cent while 41.2 per cent of SA’s over-16 population is fully immunised against Covid-19.
A healthcare worker administers a Covid-19 vaccine at a pop-up clinic in Broadmeadows, Melbourne on Wednesday. The national roadmap out of the pandemic plans to end interstate lockouts once 80 per cent of the Australian adult population is fully vaccinated against Covid-19
‘Once we get to double dose 80 per cent vaccination across South Australia we will certainly move away from state lockdowns,’ Mr Marshall told Sky News’ Sunday Agenda program.
Federal Trade and Tourism Minister Dan Tehan has welcomed Mr Marshall’s backing of the national plan.
‘That’s wonderful news, in particular for our domestic tourism industry,’ he said.
He said 660,000 jobs rely on people being above to move, particularly between state and territories.