Prime Minister Scott Morrison piled more pressure on states and territories to open their borders by saying the closures were “never the medical advice”.
On Tuesday morning, Morrison separately appeared on Channel 9’s Today Show, KIIS FM and Sky News and also reiterated to each that ending free movement within Australia was also never agreed by the national cabinet.
“There is no doubt that those sort of borders do harm the economy, they do harm jobs and it is important that we get those removed as soon as possible,” he said.
The Prime Minister’s continued intervention comes after NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and her Queensland counterpart Annastacia Palaszczuk have been arguing over when internal borders should open – a decision crucial to restarting interstate flights.
NSW, along with Victoria, never closed, however, last week Palaszczuk suggested her state might wait until September to lift restrictions.
Talking to KIIS FM’s Jase & PJ, the Prime Minister also said he hoped that “common sense” would prevail.
“People need to get back into jobs and they need to get things moving again. We have had great success combating this virus so far, and while we can’t be complacent about it, you’ve got to get out from under the doona sometime,” he said.
Yesterday, Australian Aviation reported how Morrison told the National Press Club in Canberra that he wouldn’t let border closures hinder his ambitions to open up the country – apparently threatening that he would facilitate flights from open states such as Sydney to New Zealand before interstate travel.
“I can assure you I won’t be holding back on expanding the size of our markets for our goods and our services to wait for some other borders to clear,” he said.