Premier Mark McGowan doesn’t want the eastern states polluting Western Australia’s clean bill of health after the seventh straight day of zero new cases and will maintain the state’s strict interstate border restrictions, even for AFL teams.
Mr McGowan flagged an easing of regional border restrictions was likely to be considered after the National Cabinet meeting on Friday morning, but nothing would become official until Sunday.
“Clearly Western Australia is doing better than the eastern seaboard so that factors into our thinking,” he said.
As to other state leaders calling for the interstate border restrictions to be lifted, particularly NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Mr McGowan said protecting WA’s border was the last measure he’d consider taking down and he had made that plain at Tuesday’s National Cabinet meeting.
“Western Australia’s a much better place than NSW so I can understand people in NSW are wanting to come to Western Australia but no, we’re going to keep the border in place for a longer period of time to protect ourselves from potential infections spreading here from NSW, Victoria and Queensland,” he said.