Western Australian Deputy Premier Roger Cook says his state will not “compromise on those hard borders” because they are the crucial measures which “keep Western Australians safe”.
Western Australia has been successful in keeping COVID-19 cases relatively low, in part due to the closure of international borders and the strict closure of state borders, as well as the implementation of 13 regional travel zones.
Mr Cook said the interstate borders will be “one of the last measures we pull down” as the state plans to open its economy to “Western Australians in the first instance”.
“By keeping our borders closed we can do more of that”.
The deputy premier told Sky News host Chris Kenny the state’s “extremely low numbers” of COVID-19 cases gives the government confidence to put in place “the most advanced and progressive easing of restrictions anywhere in the country”.
“We are further advanced than every other state.
“Western Australians have been kept safe by virtue of our hard borders.”