Mark McGowan has once again gone on the offensive against the federal government, saying Scott Morrison and New South Wales should be ‘grateful’ that Western Australia’s staff ‘kept them alive’.
The Labor state leader targeted treasurer Josh Frydenberg and the coalition for threatening to cut aid payments to rogue states that refuse to pull through on reopening when vaccination targets reach 70 and 80 percent.
He said protecting the state’s resource sector from the virus has helped WA pump “countless billions” into the federal treasury, which has subsequently been used to support the “catastrophic” Covid situation in NSW.
“Frankly, WA’s employees and WA’s taxpayers are keeping the Commonwealth and NSW government alive,” he said Monday.
“Maybe they shouldn’t attack us, but show a little gratitude and appreciation for what Western Australia has done.”
Mark McGowan (pictured) has launched an attack on the federal government, saying Scott Morrison and New South Wales should be ‘grateful’ that Western Australia is keeping their states ‘alive’
The Labor state leader targeted treasurer Josh Frydenberg and the coalition for threatening to cut aid payments to rogue states that refuse to pull through on reopening when vaccination targets reach 70 and 80 percent. Pictured: Pedestrians walk through Yagan Square in Perth’s CBD wearing face masks
The federal government has urged cautious states such as WA and Queensland to adhere to the national reopening plan drawn up by the Doherty Institute, which is phasing out lockdowns in two phases when 70 and 80 percent of people over 16 are vaccinated.
The plan, which opens international borders when 80 percent is poked, makes no mention of state borders – but Scott Morrison and Mr Frydenberg have encouraged leaders to open up because eliminating Covid is “unsustainable”.
After a national cabinet meeting on Friday, Mr McGowan stated he would not “deliberately infect” his citizens and insisted that he keep state borders closed if WA was Covid-free when it reached the 70 percent vaccination limit.
The federal government is currently supporting states’ restrictions with business bailouts and direct payments of $750 a week to workers – but Mr Frydenberg says the tap will soon be turned off, leaving every pro-lockdown state to support itself.
“When it comes to federal government support, which now exceeds $1 billion a week, I’ve been very clear that there can be no expectation from the states and territories that that support can be expected once we get that 70 percent.” achieved and 80 percent targets,” he told Sunrise Monday morning.
Asked if he threatened to cut their money, Mr Frydenberg added: ‘The federal economic support we are now providing cannot be expected to continue in that way.’
Western Australian Prime Minister Mark McGowan said he would not “deliberately infect” his citizens. Pictured: Cottesloe Beach in Restricted WA
Pressured by whether states keeping their borders closed would plunge Australia into recession, the treasurer said: ‘Well, it will certainly cost jobs. It will certainly close businesses. It will see our debt burden grow and it will see the well-being of Australians suffer.
“You could have the ridiculous situation where someone in NSW can travel to Canada before they can go to Cairns or someone in Victoria can travel to Singapore and Bali before they can go to Perth. That would be ridiculous.
“That is why it is so important that the agreed national plan is respected by the states and the territories,” he said.
Mr. McGowan addressed the treasurer’s comments Monday morning, telling reporters he finds the comments “strange.”
“NSW is in a catastrophic situation and he is concerned about people flying to Bali. Perhaps instead of attacking us, they should show a little gratitude and appreciation for what Western Australia has done,” the Prime Minister said.
“Over the course of the past 19 months, we’ve kept all our industries open.
“We kept our mining industry open and COVID-free. We’ve poured countless billions of dollars into the federal treasury, which they are now depositing countless billions of dollars into NSW.”
Sydneysiders gather on Bondi Beach as the city enters its tenth week in Covid lockdown
London Court in Perth’s CBD seen during lockdown on June 29, with state seeing only a handful of Covid outbreaks since the pandemic began
Opposition leader Anthony Albanese said the federal government was trying to engage in a fight with Labor states.
“Mark McGowan has kept the Western Australians safe. He has done an excellent job,” Mr Albanian told ABC Radio National on Monday.
“But what you have is Josh Frydenberg and Scott Morrison trying to distract from their own failure to distract from the fact that they haven’t responded to recommendations made to them.
“It’s no wonder there is some frustration from the state prime ministers who have taken action.”
He insisted that Mr McGowan and Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk had not threatened to derail the plan.
Both have endorsed the plan at three national cabinet meetings.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured at a pre-briefing before a national cabinet meeting on Friday) wants Australia to open once 70 percent of adults have been vaccinated
Some states threaten to keep their borders closed or demand higher jab rates before lifting lockdowns, raising prospects that Australia will remain a divided country for months to come
The rates of 70 and 80 percent were determined by the Doherty Institute, which found that if optimal testing and tracing is maintained, there would be only 88 Covid hospitalizations, 21 ICU admissions and 13 deaths nationally in the six months after the percentage of 70 percent has been pricked. reaches.
Queensland and Western Australia both demanded new modeling to account for the recent high caseload – but the scientists came back with the same conclusion that opening with 70 percent pricked is safe.
Federal ministers, eager to revive the economy and give Australians their lives back, have put pressure on states to stick to the plan by writing opinions in local newspapers and threatening to cut funding to recalcitrant governments.
At the other end of the scale, NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian is anticipating the plan, promising to exempt vaccinated residents from restrictions once her state hits a 70 percent jab rate, although the plan has a 70 percent rate across the board. country required before a jurisdiction can move to Phase B.
Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews, who was initially cautious about opening up, has endorsed the plan and has increasingly moved away from his Covid elimination rhetoric, acknowledging that Victorians will have to live with the virus – and South Australia has it too. plan supported.
Coolangatta residents on the New South Wales-Queensland border protest restrictions on Sunday
What are the four stages of opening?
A. Vaccinating, preparing and testing (from 14 July)
Arrival caps halved to 3,035 per week; early, severe and short lockdowns if outbreaks occur; trials of seven-day home quarantine for vaccinated arrivals in South Australia; medicare vaccination certificates available in apps like Apple Wallet
B. Post-vaccination phase (when 70 percent will be stung, expected by the end of this year)
Lockdowns less likely but possible; vaccinated people face reduced disabilities; limits for unvaccinated arrivals increased; a larger limit for vaccinated arrivals with ‘reduced quarantine requirements’; limited entry for students and economic visa holders
C. Consolidation Phase (when 80 percent is pricked, time not announced)
Only ‘highly targeted’ lockdowns; lifting of all outbound travel restrictions for vaccinated travellers; no limits for vaccinated arrivals; increased limits for students and visa holders; more travel bubbles arise with countries like Singapore; booster shots rolled out
D. Final phase (percentage or time not disclosed)
Unlimited arrivals for vaccinated people without any quarantine and unlimited arrivals for unvaccinated people with pre-departure and on-arrival testing