Stick to reopening plan, Scott Morrison tells premiers
There has been several comments thrown around by state premiers in the last few days around whether they are going to open up their borders once 80% of the population is fully vaccinated. The prime minister says that they need to stick to the national plan, AAP reports.
Scott Morrison is putting pressure on premiers who are wavering on opening borders, once they strike a rate of 80% rate of double-dosed vaccinations, to stick to the national plan.
The premiers of Queensland and Western Australia are showing reluctance to commit to that reopening target, even though it was a key part of the national Covid-19 recovery plan agreed to by the national cabinet.
“There comes a time when you’ve got to honour the arrangement you’ve made with the Australian people, and that is when you get to 80% vaccination, it’s very clear that you can start opening up,” Morrison told the Seven Network in an interview while he was in Washington.
He said at that stage there will still be some common-sense controls, like QR code logins and mask-wearing in certain circumstances.
“But, you know, comes a time when you’ve just got to move on and get on with it,” he said.
Deputy Nationals leader and Queensland MP David Littleproud said the prime minister has tried to show leadership by bringing premiers and first ministers together through the national cabinet.
“Then they walk out and go different directions. The question has to be why are you changing your mind,” he told Sky New’s Sunday Agenda program.
“All Queenslanders want, all Australians want, is hope and certainty.”
He also had little time for those involved in the violent protests in Melbourne last week.
“That small element are society scum and quite frankly they should be forced into isolation at her majesty’s pleasure,” Littleproud said. “Those people do not deserve to live in this society freely.”
Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese said he agrees with the national plan but some of the restrictions being seen now are the result of the Morrison government’s failures.
“Scott Morrison should accept responsibility for that rather than doing what he always does, which is always to look to blame someone else, always looking for a look-over-there moment,” he told reporters in Sydney.
“No one wants any restrictions to be in place for one day more than necessary. I certainly don’t. It’s very frustrating that it has occurred.”