NSW fires shots at hotel quarantine free-loaders

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has grown sick and tired of carrying the nation’s hotel quarantine load for returning Australians while NSW residents are simultaneously shut out of travel to other states.

Accordingly, Berejiklian has demanded the Queensland and WA Governments pay for their returned travelers processed through NSW’s hotel quarantine facilities:

A fed-up Ms Berejiklian, on Wednesday, urged Queensland and Western Australia to open their borders to NSW residents. She said she was disappointed to have her state treated the same as Victoria, particularly as 45 per cent of the returned Australians being processed in Sydney hotels were from out of state.

NSW processes 3000 returned Australians a week, but numbers in WA and Queensland are closer to 500-700.

The Premier said she felt an “acute sense of frustration” about the closure of borders and plans were in place for Mr Perrottet to issue invoices to his interstate counterparts at a meeting next week to cover NSW’s costs.

NSW processes 3000 returned Australians a week, but numbers in WA and Queensland are closer to 500-700.

The Premier said she felt an “acute sense of frustration” about the closure of borders and plans were in place for Mr Perrottet to issue invoices to his interstate counterparts at a meeting next week to cover NSW’s costs.

Gladys Berejiklian is justified in her criticism.

NSW’s local infection rate is tiny:

As is NSW’s active case count (57):

NSW has proven that it can successfully manage the virus despite receiving the lion’s share of returning travelers. If now is not an appropriate time to reopen to NSW, when will it ever be?

My guess is that the QLD Government is talking tough for this weekend’s election and will open the border by mid-November once the result is in and the political risk has dissipated.

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