WA ‘won’t listen’ to eastern states pressure over hard border restrictions
The Premier said pressure from the AFL would not influence the timeline.
“Our rules around the AFL are pretty strong. We offered the AFL the hub arrangement in Western Australia,” he said.
“In fact, they came to us with that opportunity and we embraced it because it allowed for two weeks’ quarantine and then the teams to be quarantined and play at Optus Stadium, but it appears they no longer want that.”
West Australians will have to wait until an announcement on Sunday to learn exactly how pandemic restrictions will be loosened, after a meeting of the nation’s political leaders on Friday.
But Mr McGowan said he would consider loosening restrictions preventing West Australians travelling between the state’s regions.
“The borders between the regions we understand are very difficult for many people,” he said.
“Visiting family, tourism businesses, hospitality businesses, it’s very very difficult.
“But whatever we do there, we’ll be very cautious.”
There was one new case recorded in WA overnight, a 29-year-old man who had returned from overseas. It is the state’s first new case in over a week.
“Obviously it’s disappointing that our streak of zero cases has come to an end, however we always knew we would get more cases as people return from overseas or interstate,” Mr McGowan said.
“The good news here is that we have systems in place to ensure any spread of the virus is limited.”
Overnight WA recorded another three recoveries, leaving only nine active cases. Four people are in hospital, and one in intensive care.
The Premier said he expected the Prime Minister would announce changes to the restriction baselines for the entire country within which states can work.
“Clearly Western Australia has the opportunity to be more economically progressive perhaps than other states,” he said.
“The eastern seaboard I expect will be more conservative as they have been along this route, but frankly they’ve had a much bigger problem than we have.”
Nathan is WAtoday’s political reporter and the winner of the 2019 Arthur Lovekin Prize for Excellence in Journalism.
Daile Cross manages the WAtoday newsroom.