A country divided: NSW CONFIRMS travelers will fly to ‘Bali before Broome’ as the state opens its borders, but WA and Queensland exclude the rest of the country
- Dominic Perrottet said residents can travel to ‘Bali before Broome’
- NSW to remove its limit on overseas arrivals in the state from November 1
- Mr Perrottet said it was time NSW left the ‘hermit kingdom’ and ‘rejoined the world’
Dominic Perrottet has admitted that residents of NSW can fly into Bali before traveling by highway to Western Australia or Queensland.
The Prime Minister made the dig at his counterparts on Friday when he revealed the hotel’s quarantine and the limit on overseas arrivals would be lifted on Nov. 1 in NSW.
The announcement means NSW will be opened up to the rest of the world, while other states will keep their borders closed and prevent residents from traveling around the country.
“I think people in New South Wales will fly to Bali before Broome,” said Perrottet. “I want New South Wales to be reborn.”
Dominic Perrottet has admitted NSW residents can fly into Bali before traveling via highway to Western Australia or Queensland
“I think people in New South Wales will fly to Bali before Broome,” said Perrottet
Western Australia Prime Minister Mark McGowan has refused to give in to its harsh border closure, revealing they will remain closed to the rest of the country until 90 percent of residents have been vaccinated.
WA has the slowest vaccine uptake in the entire country with only 53.29 percent of residents fully vaccinated. The figure is well below the national average of 64.4 percent.
The state is not expected to reach the 80 percent vaccination milestone until mid-December. It means thousands of families can be separated during Christmas.
Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk has yet to reveal when he will reopen to Covid-19 hotspots in NSW, Victoria and the ACT.
She has encouraged residents to get their first dose in mid-November so they can receive their second before Christmas.
Her insistence was taken as a hint that she plans to reunite families separated by closed borders in time for the family vacations at the end of the year.
Perrottet said he didn’t want NSW to remain trapped in a “hermit kingdom.”
“We need to open up, and today’s decision is a big one, but it’s the right one to get New South Wales connected globally,” he said.
NSW Tourism Secretary Stuart Ayres said the state would not discriminate against which foreign travelers they welcomed based on nationality.
But he noted that the federal government will admit people from some countries sooner than others because it will be quicker to set up systems to test the vaccination status of arrivals from certain countries.
Western Australia Prime Minister Mark McGowan has refused to give in to its harsh border closure, revealing they will remain closed to the rest of the country until 90 percent of residents have been vaccinated
Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk has yet to reveal when he will reopen to Covid-19 hotspots in NSW, Victoria and the ACT
“There is no doubt that the Commonwealth will be able to do that with some countries faster than others,” he said.
“They will also be able to do that in partnership with many airlines, faster than others, so there will be an increasing staging caused by the Commonwealth’s ability to verify vaccination status, but we don’t differentiate between countries.”
“There is no separation between Australian citizens and other citizens of countries around the world.
‘The key here is the distinction between vaccination status as vaccinated and unvaccinated.
“We will require the Commonwealth to ensure that a person is fully vaccinated,” he said.