Stubborn Mark McGowan vows to maintain Washington’s tough boundaries until the state hits 90% of its vaccination target — but only 47% of the population is stabbed twice
- Mark McGowan won’t reopen Western Australia borders until 90 per cent penalty
- The promise is bad news for separated families as Christmas slowly approaches
- WA has one of the lowest hit rates in the country that lags behind the national numbers
Western part of Australia Prime Minister Mark McGowan will keep state borders closed until 90 percent of the population is vaccinated.
“We have a lot to do,” he told the Labor party’s state convention.
We are doing our best to preserve it COVID-19 Outside Australia – so we can vaccinate as many people as possible. So Western Australians don’t die needlessly along the way.
The closure means thousands of families will have to celebrate a family holiday separated from their loved ones for the second year in a row.
The Prime Minister of Western Australia, Mark McGowan, has indicated that he will keep his state’s borders closed until 90 per cent of the population is vaccinated
McGowan refused to bow under pressure from the federal government to reopen borders to states such as New South Wales and Victoria by Christmas.
Western Australia may not reach its 90 per cent vaccination target any time soon with vaccine uptake in the state among the lowest in the country.
Only 65.43 percent of the population received the dual vaccine, or 47.08 percent.
The figure is lower than the national average with 78.5 percent of the country on the first dose and 55.1 percent on two doses.
“The only way to crush and kill this virus is together,” McGowan said. Together we followed the restrictions as they were introduced.
Together, we have been able to weather the past 20 months of this raging virus, with only 1,096 cases in the course of the pandemic.
“That’s a total of NSW and Victoria that have unfortunately been overtaken by multiple times on a daily basis.”
Prime Minister Scott Morrison called on state leaders to open the borders when vaccination rates reached 80 per cent to allow families to be reunited at Christmas.
The prime minister said he sees no reason why Australians should be trapped in their states after the milestone outlined by the national reopening plan.
“There comes a time when you have to move on and move on with it,” he told The Weekend Sunrise on Sunday.
“You have to honor the arrangements you’ve made with the Australian people, so once you’ve had the 80 per cent vaccinated, it’s very clear that you can start to open up.”
Western Australia may not reach its 90 per cent vaccination target anytime soon with vaccine uptake in the state among the lowest in the country
Prime Minister Scott Morrison called on state leaders to open borders when vaccination rates reached 80 per cent to allow families to reunite at Christmas (Pictured, people wearing face masks in Perth)
Mr Morrison reprimanded Queensland and Western Australian Premier Anastasia Palchuk and McGowan for refusing to open their borders on time.
Ms Palaszczuk previously said she would like more research on the impact of Covid-19 on children before border restrictions are lifted.
Similarly, McGowan has shown resistance to the goals agreed upon in the national cabinet and said it is unlikely that his borders will open before Easter 2022.
While Mr Morrison has admitted that people will likely still have to check into places with QR codes and wear masks in some places for a while, rebellious prime ministers have called for people to be brought back for their lives.
I think that puts a huge challenge on the prime ministers. I mean, they had the power to do what they were doing. It is not a new force. He said they were always with them.
Once you have 80% of your population vaccinated, it becomes very clear. I can see no reason why Australians should not be apart of each other.
“[Reopening by Christmas] It is a gift from governments. And this is a gift I would like to see them give them.