Western Australians supported the suggestion that the state “separate” the rest of the country to reap the benefits of the multi-billion dollar export industry.
While former Secretary of State Julie Bishop and Prime Minister Mark McGowan agreed that it would be near impossible, they said locals are tired of being undervalued.
The state closed its borders for travelers between the states on April 6 to limit the spread of COVID-19, but Ms. Bishop said most people are not keen on reversing that decision.
“Ninety percent of those surveyed said they want the borders to remain closed,” she told Today. “I think they mean forever.”
“Western Australians have long been complaining that we supply so much export revenue to the rest of Australia.”
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Western Australians support the suggestion that the state should ‘separate’ the rest of the country to reap the benefits of the multi-billion dollar export industry
Prime Minister Mark McGowan laughed at the suggestion, but said he was proud of the “healthy patriotism” in his state
Ms Bishop represented WA in Canberra for two decades and said she understands the frustration, but admitted that a ‘WA exit’ would be too difficult.
“You need a defense force with our coastline, customs, quarantine, immigration, citizenship.
“Then you need a foreign affairs department with embassies all over the world. We would then have to sign international treaties on governance and trade agreements, ”she explains.
Despite the logistical impossibilities, Ms. Bishop acknowledged that WA itself would be a “resource-rich country.”
The quokka (photo) was presented as the national animal of the new country
Musicians Eskimo Joe were introduced to help create a new anthem for the new country
The state is known for producing large amounts of gold and iron ore, wheat and coal.
When the audience was asked for their opinion, most interviewees agreed and said they wanted to become a separate nation.
They chose Ms. Bishop or Prime Minister Mark McGowan to lead the nation and commissioned Eskimo Joe to create the National Anthem.
The quokka is said to be on the flag and the national animal.
Mr. McGowan laughed at the suggestion, but said he was proud of “healthy patriotism” in his state.
“People here are rightly unhappy that the other states don’t seem to appreciate us,” he said.
Western Australians represent about 10 percent of the population, but contribute four times more than New South Wales and 31 times more than Victoria to the economy per person.
In 1933, 66 percent of the state voted to leave Australia in a referendum, but the decision was quickly closed by the British Parliament.
At a previous press conference, which discussed the initial closure of the borders, Mr. McGowan referred to Brexit.
Julie Bishop was pinned down as a potential prime minister after representing WA for two decades in Canberra
“Brexit lasted four years and we set limits within a week,” he said at the time.
The borders were closed on April 6, and WA’s last case of community transmission of coronavirus was on April 11.
Mr. McGowan has yet to confirm a date to reopen his state to the rest of the country.
“Every other state seems to have jumped around in terms of their border arrangement, not only did we have a simple, reasonable, sensible arrangement and it goes on.
“Western Australians have enjoyed a new level of normality in recent weeks, our economy is recovering and people are returning to work. I don’t want all our hard work to go to waste. ‘
After months of success, from July 18, WA will lift all restrictions in the field of coronavirus – apart from the hard border closure.
After months of success, WA will lift all restrictions in the field of coronavirus – apart from the hard border closure – from July 18