Scott Morrison Australian Borders

Scott Morrison Wants To Create National Border Guidelines

“The restrictions and the arrangements we have today are not things we want to see by Christmas.” Scott Morrison.
Scott Morrison Australian Borders
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Scott Morrison is set to present a proposal to State Premiers that will enforce rules on when to open and close borders.

Border measures will once again be the focus of National Cabinet this Friday.

Scott Morrison will urge States and Territories to adopt a national approach to border measures to prevent unnecessary damage to the economy.

It comes after the Federal Government made clear it would be seeking to enforce a nationally agreed upon definition of what constitutes a “hotspot”.

He said Australia was “not made to have hard borders”, and the restrictions needed to be used to contain outbreaks.

WA has not had any community transmission since April.

A Federal court overseeing the Clive Palmer case last week ruled the border measures were the “most effective” prevention against the virus, and lifting them could be “catastrophic” for the State’s most vulnerable.

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Mr Morrison last week at the “Bush Summit” admitted his Government should have put “principals” in place for border closures before the pandemic took hold to stop the “inconsistent” border measures across the country.

“What is really important now as we go forward is there is no dispute from the Commonwealth about the powers that the states and territories have,” he said in Parliament on Monday.

In a suite of media appearances, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg urged the Victorian Premier to set out a “plan” for when to start restarting the State’s economy and opening it up to the rest of the country.

Victoria recently recorded just 73 new cases today, but with a huge number of deaths.

41 more fatalities were added to the death toll, 22 due to a delay in reporting over the weekend.

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But despite the stubbornly high mortality rate and Premier Andrews’ fears of re-opening too early, Mr Morrison made his expectations clear in Federal Parliament.

“What we need to do is continue to focus on the road back,” he said.

“The restrictions and the arrangements we have today are not things we want to see by Christmas.”

Further COVID-19 news on SoPerth.com.au.

Feature image: AAP Image/Lukas Coch

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