Premier Mark McGowan has made it clear that WA will not be reopening its borders anytime soon, despite continued pressure from the eastern states.
The comments after NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told Sky News that she had been “quietly having a jibe” at her interstate colleagues whose borders remained shut.
“I don’t want to be able to say to people I am allowed to go to Auckland before I can go to Brisbane or before I can go to Perth,” Ms Berejiklian said.
Meanwhile, Federal Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham has also called for states to open up their borders or be answerable to their tourism industry.
However, Premier McGowan remains unmoved, saying that the WA borders will remain closed until it becomes safe to reopen them.
“We had very low rates of infection here, they had higher rates in the eastern states, so we will keep the border up until we think it is the right time for the health of Western Australians,” he told reporters.
The news comes as WA records another day of zero new confirmed cases of the virus, with only three active cases remaining in the state.