Today presenter Karl Stefanovic shows ‘complete bullsh ** t’ about the coronavirus ban on travel between states
Karl Stefanovic calls the interstate travel ban “a complete BS” as state leaders continue to squabble over border-independent coronavirus-related closings.
The Today Show host said Australians have “done our very best” and urged every state and territory leader to reopen their borders to rejuvenate the economy and save the tourist industry.
“We need to get this country moving and get back on its feet,” said a passionate Stefanovic in the air on Thursday morning.
“The Berlin walls along our state borders continue to rise as our tourism industry descends along with millions of small businesses.
“It’s complete BS from some of our prime ministers right now.”
The Today Show host said Australians have “done our very best” and urged every state leader to open their borders to rejuvenate the economy and save the tourist industry
Speaking of the deputy chief doctor’s recommendation to open borders, Stefanovic said he didn’t understand the logic of keeping them closed.
“From a medical point of view, I can’t see why the borders are still closed,” said Professor Kelly on Wednesday.
Stefanovic argued that there was no reason to close the borders, given current medical advice.
“Tens of thousands of people have lost their livelihood and there is no date yet for travel and tourism to resume within Victoria,” he said.
Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie agreed with Stefanovic’s feelings and said her state should get the economy back on track.
“I think once we get back to some sort of normality it will be great for everyone, especially economically,” said Mrs. Lambie.
Lambie further said that she was “satisfied” with the leadership of Tasmanian Prime Minister Peter Gutwein during the pandemic.
“We want our borders to be open, people want to get us there and spend money,” she said.
Tasmania’s borders are currently closed, and Prime Minister Peter Gutwein says it is too early to set a date for when the rules would be relaxed.
Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk insisted that state borders should be closed indefinitely. She told the Queensland tourism industry to prepare for a reopening of the borders in September
Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory maintain a tough approach to border closings fearing a second wave of infection
Jeannette Young, Queensland’s chief health officer, noted the possibility that the borders will remain closed even after September if the infections are not under control
2GB and 4BG radio host Chris Smith argued that we are going through ‘a truly destructive phase in Australia’s history’ due to state and territory closures.
“I think we’ve entered a situation where the state bureaucrats are somehow playing a game to see who can eradicate the virus first,” said Smith.
“The medical experts have made their decision and find the risk extremely low.”
New South Wales will relax travel rules within the state from June 1 with regional travel allowed for visitors and residents of the state.
But Queensland is holding on, telling the tourism industry to prepare for a reopening of state borders in September.
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk defended her state’s ongoing border closings on Wednesday.
“We have a robust one [tourism] industry, they are really hurting right now, I understand that, but I want Queenslanders to support Queenslanders, ”said Palaszczuk.
“Unfortunately, NSW and Victoria have that community broadcast and they need to get it under control before we bring visitors here.
“I’m sorry, I’m so sorry.”
Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory are also maintaining hardline approaches to border closures, fearing a second wave of infection.
WA Premier Mark McGowan said he does not want to take any risks and believes that the health and safety of his people is more important than trying to boost the economic economy.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly said from a medical point of view, he sees no reason why the borders are still closed
WA Premier Mark McGowan said he does not want to take risks and believes that the health and safety of his people is more important than trying to boost the struggling economy
“I know that the NSW Prime Minister is unhappy, I know that Mr Birmingham is unhappy. But honestly, bad luck, ‘he said Tuesday.
‘We are doing the right thing by the people of WA. It may cause inconvenience to the NSW Prime Minister and some people from the Eastern States, but I honestly don’t care. ‘
Prof Kelly said the National Health Advisory Commission has not made a decision, nor has it advised on state border closures.
“From a medical point of view, I can’t see why the borders are still closed,” he told reporters on Wednesday.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 7,083
New South Wales: 3,085
Western Australia: 557
South Australia: 439
Australian Capital Territory: 107
Northern Territory: 29
TOTAL CASES: 7,083
South Australia and the ACT have no active cases, the NT has one, but has not registered a new infection within four weeks, while Western Australia has four and Queensland 12.
WA Prime Minister Mark McGowan knows that his tough demeanor is frustrating political leaders across the country.
“It may cause inconvenience to the NSW Prime Minister and some people from the Eastern States, but I honestly don’t care,” he said.
NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said the move would be an opportunity for her state if the tourism industry comes back to life.
Jeannette Young, Queensland’s chief health officer, noted the possibility that the borders will remain closed even after September if the infections are not under control.
Professor Kelly said there would almost certainly be more cases to be found as the nation’s economy and society opens up again, but the system is designed to find them quickly and minimize the number of people in the transmission chains.
South Australia will dine for up to 10 people in restaurants and cafes starting June 5, three days ahead of schedule.
The ACT will transition from May 29 to the second step of easing restrictions, allowing groups of up to 20 people.
There are nearly six million downloads of the coronavirus contract tracking app, with the Victorian and NSW health authorities confirming that they used the data for the first time.