WA seals itself off from Australia

Western Australia’s borders will remain closed indefinitely, after Premier Mark McGowan abandoned his plan to reopen in a late night press conference.

McGowan said with the “game changer” of Omicron wreaking havoc interstate, he has been forced to delay the planned 5 February reopening:

“Unfortunately, the world changed in December; Omicron arrived”…

“Omicron is a whole new ball game.

“We can’t just shut our eyes and hope that it is different”…

“It would be irresponsible and reckless for the State Government to ignore the facts and ignore the reality of the situation playing out on the east coast…

“If we proceeded with the original plan, we would be deliberately ceding thousands upon thousands of Covid cases into WA and at this point in time that is not what I am going to do”.

The list of people exempt from the hard border will be expanded, with a focus on compassionate reasons, but they will still have to isolate for 14 days.

About 6,000 passengers were due to arrive at Perth Airport on 5 February, with up to 80,000 interstate and international passengers expected in the first two weeks. Their plans are now obviously in jeopardy.

McGowan also said that Western Australia would need to reach a third dose booster vaccination rate of “at least 80%, perhaps 90%” before it would open its border, up from 25.8% for over 16s currently.

McGowan has already implemented a third shot booster mandate for more than one million eligible workers who are required to “receive a third dose within one month of becoming eligible”.

By the time the third dose has hit 80% coverage, no doubt McGowan will change the rules again and require a fourth dose.

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    • WA is its own little bubble… and this was inevitable.

      Just say one thing though, not to state the bleeding obvious and insult everyones intelligence; but vaccines or boosters (which is exactly the same as the vaccine) make no impact on the transmissibility of the virus. Therefore, given they don’t work, the WA borders will stay closed indefinitely. In fact, that is actually what the Premier said (in not so many words).

      • Mayhaps this decision is based on the reportedly parlous state of WA public system already, which is unprepared for the exogenous Omicron shock we’ve seen on the eastern seaboard, compounded by staff furloughs.

        Not quite sure how this solves things as we see Omicron hitting vaxxed people (useful link yesterday I think from Steve or Nyleta? https://boriquagato.substack.com/p/vaccines-and-boosters-associated) anyway, which kind of is at odds with McGowan’s comments around the need to get 2x and 3x up…

        Messy times eh.

        I was thinking this morning that was his chance to drop the boot into the Feds to mismanaging this from the start: quarantine, borders, RATs, vax etc. Should be doing his bit for Albo, really.

        • Someone ElseMEMBER

          Yep, the lack of medical resources AND the big mining & oil operators realising that their sites will shut down when the corona gets to them.

          • Yes, I’d likes to see figures in a month or three that show which policy Andrews (lockin) v ScoMo (LIR) was economically superior.

          • blindjusticeMEMBER

            They also don’t want to be the cause/vector of spread to local indigenous on whose lands they mine

    • Diogenes the CynicMEMBER

      The local paper the West continues its attack on Premier McGowan, opinion article after opinion article. All ignoring what was going on in the rest of Australia. It is quite astonishing to see such a blatant editorial bias.

      • Yes, they’ve certainly turned on him but like the WA libs in the early stages of the pandemic who fatally misjudged community sentiment, they’ve been lead down the garden path by noisy fringe-dwelling nutjobs – the type that can’t even spell border (no “a” dheads). Surprised to see Leith siding with this group.

        • Live in Perth and most of the people here are comfortable with delaying border open. Wife works at a hospital and they are struggling even before the Virus arrives here. Local papers is not reading public sentiment, i live in Federal seat of Tangney one of the bluest seats. here most wealthy senior citizens who never voted labor party in their life before last state election now a days are vocal supporters of him. looks like virus will have to force a border open

      • yes, the rag of a paper called The West Australian has supported MM while it suited them, now they’ll go after him as they know his support has dropped off.

        What was embarrassing was watching the news conference listening to a reporter asking the CHO if he understood the role on catch-up effect of the various jab requirements. lolololol nah, course he doesn’t!

  1. Perth’s hospital system is marginal at best. It’s even worse outside Perth – he has to think about all those remote communities, and the logistics of flying sick people into Perth. WA’s population has zero natural immunity, and the vax rate is sluggish. So there is a real risk of opening. And he knows parents will be p1ssed if schools close in February. The miners also if there is disruption to work.

    But if he delays too long, then he will be looking into winter. And his advisors will be telling him not to open then either.

    The problem is that he has promised his people safety for 2 years. And the people are now addicted to safety. Benjamin Franklin once said something about safety and liberty.

    • Frank DrebinMEMBER

      It would be absolute madness to open up just before winter.

      I reckon it stays shut until September and just in time for booster shot number 6.

      • There will never be a perfect time to open.

        I think I would gamble on omicron rather than waiting for another variant that may be more serious.

    • “Addicted to safety”.

      As someone who doesn’t live in WA I’m not addicted to safety, I actually expect it. Just think if the rest of Australia, in particular NSW, did what WA did. We would have free travel across all borders, no COVID, and none of the COVID big dips in our economy.

      People’s risk tolerance’s are different and people have different circumstances. People are rightly thinking about others they know; not just their own risk. I’m caring for my older parents for example, or I have a pregnant wife, or any other number of situations.

      Safety in COVID allows more risk taking in other aspects of live (e.g. starting a small business, having the courage to spend, etc). Less safety does mean rationally less risk taking and less economic output as all people in a variety of different life circumstances have to make an assessment. If that means soft lockdown for them for their loved ones ….

      Well that’s personal responsibility being taken I guess which we were told to do right?

      • MerkwürdigliebeMEMBER

        This….

        Just think if the rest of Australia, in particular NSW, did what WA did. We would have free travel across all borders, no COVID, and none of the COVID big dips in our economy.

        But Toxic Morrison and Mad Gladys decided not to lock down and decided to spread it round – without the RATs

        Royal Commission please…..and lets get some white hot pokers to facilitate answers…

      • NelsonMuntzMEMBER

        100% this. The economy has been gutted thanks to Scummo. WA is an example of how it should have been handled.

      • Sure. But the longer you hesitate the harder it will get.

        Omicron is the least virulent variant thus far. What if the next variant is more virulent? What do you do then.

        35 yrs experience in critical care. Medicine has got to the point that we are so safe we are becoming more dangerous. By avoiding a known tiny risk, we hit larger unknown risks. Regularly.

        People are addicted to safety. Studies all round the world show that many people overestimate their risk of dying from Covid by 1-2 orders of magnitude. These 2 factors have severely distorted peoples calculus and decision making.

        • Yes, but omicron has been infecting people who were previously infected with other variants, according to the reports from South Africa. How do we know that omicron will be protective against the next variant to come along, which may be even more dangerous? MERS, another corona virus, has a 33% death rate, and SARS, which was very closely related to covid, had a 10% death rate. Then there are other potentially pandemic viruses that are not coronaviruses. Bird flu has a 50% death rate. It just hasn’t solved the problem of human to human transmission yet. There is no guarantee that pathogens become less virulent. We quarantine plants and animals. Why not people? Because it makes it harder for the LNP’s donors to line their pockets?

          • The smart money is that each variant will continue to confer a degree of protection against other variants. But there is no guarantee. Only the balance of probabilities.

            The reason Australia is number 4 in the world (cases per capita, despite summer) is the population – not the virus. The virus isn’t different in Aust. But other countries had larger waves of earlier variants which may have provided more effective protection that the vaccine.

            There are no guarantees what future variants will look like. So make you decision and take your chances.

            The phylogenetics of omicron are unusual. It’s origins go back to early 2020 – it is a cousin rather than a descendant of delta and other variants. Yet omicron has a very large number of mutations relative to the Wuhan strain for something that existed in early 2020.

            The other elephant in the room with omicron is the speed with which WHO declared it to be a variant of concern. Two days from discovery (24/11) to VOC (26/11). It took the WHO many months to take this step with delta. One day we may learn what spooked the WHO.

            This raises many awkward questions, and would suggest the future is unable to be predicted.

          • The phylogenetics of omicron are unusual. It’s origins go back to early 2020 – it is a cousin rather than a descendant of delta and other variants. Yet omicron has a very large number of mutations relative to the Wuhan strain for something that existed in early 2020.

            The other elephant in the room with omicron is the speed with which WHO declared it to be a variant of concern. Two days from discovery (24/11) to VOC (26/11). It took the WHO many months to take this step with delta. One day we may learn what spooked the WHO.

            it (the cousin) was stuck on the shelf at Wuhan since 2019, and someone got the paperwork to the WHO prior to the 24/.11 ?

        • I will keep it simple. If the next variant is more virulent then would you want to be in WA or NSW? If there are leaks of any lab things as you suggest then borders closed is even more prudent. It will hit Nsw and other open states quickly and fast with no time to react. Ironically WA is in the best position to handle this scenario. The chance of many mutations arising given the world population size is probabistically very high.

          Uncertainties about the future are more reasons to have effective quarantine not less. I feel you are arguing my point for me. With certainty you need less risk controls. Risk is uncertainty after all.

          Quarantine is really the only protection that any virus, including variants will find some difficulty in evading. With effective secondary and other controls probability of ever having to deal with it is very low.

          Kicking the can btw is a very successful strategy if there is a feasible way of doing it on an ongoing basis. Our governments have shown us this over the last decade over many things. Just look at the housing market as so often mentioned by this blog. I think keeping covid out if planned right is actually more feasible.

          • I would prefer to be in NSW
            1. We have had much larger case numbers with each wave (we were perhaps only finding 25% of omicron cases). So more natural immunity
            2. Higher vax numbers
            3. A more robust health system
            4. Hard won experience managing Covid cases.

            There are only uncertainties with this. There is plenty of room for experts to agree to disagree.

            I am not complacent about this. Two comments I made here 1 month ago
            1. “Quantity has a quality all its own” – J Stalin
            2. That I was more concerned (a month ago) than I had been since early 2020.
            My fears have come to pass with record daily deaths. And we aren’t done yet.

            But wars and lockdowns share two properties. The are easy to start. They are hard to exit.

    • bolstroodMEMBER

      Steve, is natural mmunity an actual thing ?
      Being in the same viral family as The common cold and flu from which we have no natural immunity.
      The immunity given by vaccination is fleeting and diminishing with each booster lasting less time than the last.

      • Yes immunity is real.

        But a lot of immunity is based in the blood system. The superficial lining of the respiratory tract is a relative blind spot to our immune system. As are our teeth (hence dentists).

        Immunity does protect against the virus invading the rest of the body and more serious disease.

        Hence the vax doesn’t stop infections (and could encourage infection). But it minimises serious infections. That is what we are seeing.

  2. Yet Omicron is already spreading in WA and he wont have a lockdown, despite his own admission that only two vaccines doses provide very little protection yet he is keeping the border shut until 80% of the population have a 3rd dose

    He wont lock down because he knows the people of WA wont accept it, when the rest of the world is open

    • Significant portions of the world ARE locked down, just in a different manner (est 5 mil off work in US each day due to virus. Huge numbers of infections). Economic injury same or worse.
      May make it harder to come out of eventually but their day to day lived experience may be better at present, and that can make for a happy populous for now.
      Hospital system, and distance from possible greater assistance if needed a significant driver possibly. Remote communities also a weak link, again tyranny of distance to services.
      Those commenting from Syd or Melb and havent been there, probably dont have the required understanding. Its not like a drive from Syd to Dubbo !

      • Yeah, the way almost fully vaxed Sydney has shutdown throws into question which is the most harmful policy economically, LNP let it rip or Andrews lock it out, might not be much in it when business losses are added in to final figures. though long term might be different.

        • Well, I guess you could say there is a third way; the WA way!

          As was said further up, if the rest of the country (being mainly NSW & Vic) had stuffed up the situation would have been a lot better.

  3. Recall in early 2020 myself and other commentators wanted Australia to run strict quarantine and remain completely virus free.

    This would have bought us precious time to learn more about the virus and bolster our defences against it (eg build hospitals, ventilators, train staff, create plans, develop treatments and vaccines) as well as give the virus time to burn out or mutate to a weaker form.

    Our politicians wasted this chance with dodgy quarantine and simple incompetence

    Now WA appears to be trying to remain virus free. Good on them for trying, but is it realistic? If Omicron is as viralent as some claim, it seems to me that it will soon escape in WA. Any thoughts?

    WA has had two years to build proper quarantine facilities. Now I understand there will be home quarantine. I can’t see that working.

    • Diogenes the CynicMEMBER

      We only did quarantine well in the 19th century! A quarantine facility is being built out in Bullsbrook in Perth not sure when it will be up and running.

    • rob barrattMEMBER

      For the answer to whether WA’s policy will work consider:

      Will the virus be less transmittable on the day they re-open?
      Are there less anti-vaxers on average there? (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-60050996 Der…..)
      Is there a different percentage of the population vulnerable (despite being vaxed) there?
      Will extreme lockdowns work?

      If the answer to the above is No, then isolationism will only delay the start of the same process we’re going through. Unless of course you can argue that they can stay isolated and keep increasing the number of jabs they have to get ad infinitum.

      I feel happy to know that the Premier’s (and other civil servant’s) personal salary income won’t be affected (unlike a great many others). That must help enormously when you’re the one making the decisions.

      • Frank DrebinMEMBER

        Well Twiggy and Gina’s salaries won’t be impacted and that’s the most important thing here. They are the most vulnerable of all West Aussies and need to be protected.

        Possibly also linked to this decision in no small part…..

      • @ rob b, in response to your comment
        Are there less anti-vaxers on average there? (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-60050996 Der…..)

        Especially the Der… part. I have read an interesting article recently, that discussed the attitude towards non-vaxxed in the West vs South Africa (in the case of the author). Just thought it was an interesting perspective. This was only a part of the article, but the whole thing is thought-provoking, I thought.

    • Even China cannot contain Omicron, so I doubt WA will be successful either. However, opening the border now is pure madness : even the USA have stopped arrival from Australia!!

      • Mining BoganMEMBER

        That’s the thing isn’t it. Scummo can come out and said he was “blindsided” to the carnage Omicron has caused, despite advice from everyone in the world that it is every bit as nasty as the original strain from Wuhan. Not a word of criticism from the media.

        Yet a leader can see how dangerous it is to both health and economic outcomes and reacts accordingly and they are attacked by everyone with an agenda.

        Mind boggling.

        • Jeez fair suck of the sav re Scommochio – the

          Cretin Can’t Credibly Claim Covid Calamitously Came Capriciously.

          The cretin and the sprawling bureaucracy has had months to manage this risk.

          • Mining BoganMEMBER

            I wouldn’t lie to you, he actually said this week that they were blindsided by Omicron.

            That alone should be enough t have his job hanging from a lamppost.

  4. C.M.BurnsMEMBER

    i have several friends who all hail from WA, but have moved east for careers in industries that aren’t available back home. Critically, all their family and even old networks of friends have stayed in WA.

    They all speak, with near universal agreement, that the people in WA love what has been going on and the premier’s approach. They have 2 years and counting of living a life that is 99.9% like it was before Covid.

    All those pointing the finger and labelling McGowan as some sort of monster or worse, should try and talk to people who actually live in WA. Because he is very much representing the will of the (WA) people.

    • SnappedUpSavvyMEMBER

      i once spent 3 days in perth and the best part of the trip was flying home, i cannot imagine what it would be like imprisoned there, different if its your home i suppose

      • Well, that likely says more about you than Perth. I’ve lived across most of northern Australia as well as Brisbane, spent a lot of time in all the capital cities, lived in the M.E. & HK and had quite a bit of time in the US and the UK and overall Perth is the best place. I don’t give a damn about what a tourist thinks, it’s a great lifestyle city and the only other city that compares is Vancouver.

    • My wife, a health care worker in Perth, expressed her immediate relief at his decision to delay opening the border. We have a son starting his first year at high school at the end of the month and are also relieved that there may be little disruption, at least initially. And yes, all my family is in Melbourne and would love to see them but feel McGowan’s approach is for the greater good.

      Of course, Omicron is here, so I expect his approach is to try to manage community transmission as much as possible rather than letting plane loads of cases to come in and let it rip. It is worth a try.

    • I’m in Perth. It’s happy days here. Not exactly jealous of the “freedoms” the rest of the world has and apart from no international holidays life here has been almost normal for two years.
      If Omicron is the last of it then we should open up and move on, but we can wait a while yet to see. Also wait for RATs to be available would help.
      Third booster? That won’t help much.

    • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

      Yes I think you are correct Burnsie.
      The almost 4 years I spent working in WA between 2011 to 2014
      I remember the sentiment back then was that WA should secede from the Commonwealth.
      I would always laugh at them and say the Australian Army would roll you blokes up in a week,…unless your throw your lot in with the Chinese.
      Ya gunna do that are ya?

      • Frank DrebinMEMBER

        Don’t laugh EP, I think Gina the Hutt would be very happy to welcome new overlords to WA if it meant she had access to $2 a day prison labour.

    • Geo FibonacciMEMBER

      I’m in WA and very relieved Mark extended the closure until we have the best possible chances of avoiding the disaster unrolling over east. While responding to the situation with the Feb5 opening, he saw the need for confidence in a fixed date to open up. But in that plan was the ability to deal with unexpected emergency. Omicron is that emergency. WAgov has now re-assessed the risks and changed course. It’s what I expect a societal leader to do. Good on you Mark.

      Of course the real reason to protect the humans is to make sure the rivers of iron ore and gas keep flowing.

      • Doesn’t matter what the real reason is. If the politicians interests align with the community that’s a good situation. It’s the most you can expect from a poltiican after all.

        Better to be in a place where your interests align with theirs, then in other states (particularly NSW) where it seems to be not aligned at all (big business and migration first).

      • SnappedUpSavvyMEMBER

        thats the weird thing, its not at all at a level of ‘disaster’ here in sydney, the outlandish bs people in WA have been fed and the fear is impressive

  5. It might be time to face it
    Nobody knows what you come here for
    You’re goin’ under
    They roll their eyes when you’re at the door
    It might be time
    It might be time to face it
    You may as well embrace it

    We promise to come visit
    It might be time

    It might be time to face it
    You ain’t as fun as you used to be
    You won’t recover
    You ain’t as cool as you used to be
    It might be time to face it
    It might be time to face it

  6. desmodromicMEMBER

    I had planned to tour the Kimberley by motorcycle from early May. Plan B is to travel east from Mataranka NT around the Gulf to Karumba. Now the headache of trying to get refunds from WA accommodation providers.

  7. I’m from WA, and some of my friends call MacGowan a dhead, but don’t actually give a reason for their agrievement. It’s like we are living a normal existence, apart from masks on the public transport atm, but WFH means I can just chill and it’s 41C past few days, so being home is a bonus. The Govt is reliant on 90% of its revenue from Iron Ore, with the CV19 spreading here, I just can’t see FIFO operating, who wants to go away to a 1000 head camp with 1 paramedic and a box of panadol?
    Once you realise, that its not all about you surviving, but your parents and grandparents as well, about the only thing we are missing out on is that holiday to Bali, and I do feel sorry for anyone who wants to visit on compassionate grounds, hopefully that will be addressed as the Premier says.

    • Someone ElseMEMBER

      Yep, I heard the big mining and gas players are sh!t-scared of having to shut down operations.

  8. I’ll bet the QLD Premier is wishing she never got sucked in now. Was at a Brisbane private hospital yesterday and they have emptied out their kids ward to be ready for Covid when school goes back. People may be ready for granny to die ( and maybe get some money ) but their kids may be a different matter.

    • She caved into media pressure white-anting her support from the bottom up, the vaccines “work” simple message which in the end was not what they even advertised. The PR from NSW and the media in particular IMO was too successful. She didn’t hold her nerve, or politically wasn’t able to. They are paying the price right now.

      Their failure, along with SA, TAS of going from COVID zero to extreme within a month tell you everything. The longer WA keep COVID out the more the others look incompetent hence the pressure on WA to open up. Can’t have a counterfactural against your media message/PR.

      Borders with quarantine is the ONLY thing proven to really work as a control method long term without the huge cost to the community. Everything else is wishful thinking at this stage against a respiratory RNA virus that’s chance to mutate is probabilistic proportional to the size of the group it has to bounce around in.

      Smaller borders with gates means significantly less chance of variants than any other control method as the pool to hop in is smaller and when a variant comes it can’t take off to survive since it burns itself out quicker with the smaller group. We had visualisations of this on websites when COVID started in 2019-2020 as basic knowledge to teach people. Short memories.

      Low tech, sure to work. Any breaches make sure their blast radius is contained (preferably remote quarantine) with multiple layers of control.

      Probablility of mutations/getting every variant with current settings: 100%
      Probablility with Controls (Quarantine + Remote Blast Radius + Vaccines + Masks/PPE + Selected Lockdowns in smaller regions) – At least 20% or lower and with smaller peaks and quicker burnouts.

      • Spot on. I haven’t thought about it, but it makes sense that the outrage against Mark McGowan in the media is because WA makes the Federal government and the other state governments look incompetent, which they are.

  9. There’s some sort of cargo cult mentality about vaccinations among politicians. As if getting more people vaccinated more times will solve all their problems, and they’re prepared to engage in all sorts of draconian measures to force people to do that. It’s quite odd.

    • SnappedUpSavvyMEMBER

      yes he’s forcing people to get triple vaxxed in a state with no virus its a bizarre level of fear

      • Protection from booster shots only last 10 weeks, so what happens when you’ve boosted everyone and time runs out rendering their third shot useless? 4th shots, 5th shots? Even Israel is giving up on the VaaS model.

        • Frank DrebinMEMBER

          Yes my WA workmate’s elderly parents are a bit hysterical now.

          They’ve done the right thing and got their booster a month ago and now they are faced with a possible re-opening as the efficacy wears off.

          4th booster shot for them and wait until everyone else has had the 4th and then go onto the 5th. It continues forever….

      • What a [email protected] comment. You can’t guarantee to remain free of the fking virus, so getting vaxx up to a protective level would be basic risk management. Oh, that’s right, you’re one of those “it’s just the flu, it’s a conspiracy by big pharma….” etc.

        You don’t live over here, so why should you give a damn, frankly most West Australians are somewhat amazed at the east coast experience.

        • SnappedUpSavvyMEMBER

          What was wrong with opening when double vaxxed … what if people get triple vaxxed but have to wait 3 months for everyone else and then they’ll need a fourth ….

          No Perth doesn’t impress me so I don’t live there to see you hobbits all amazed at people doing what pretty much the rest of the entire planet is doing lol 😂

    • Its just political theatre so they can say they are “doing something”. Since not “doing something” is political suicide, any ability to “do something” will be seized no matter how absurd or irrelevant.

    • When all you have is a hammer, everything becomes a nail. Such is the mentality.
      Curiously not as much focus on pharmaceutical treatments or even preventatives.
      Even parts of India were able to mail out care packages to citizens, including pulse oximeters etc.

  10. McGowan has the support of the population.

    I’ve said it before, WA and QLD think the east and south eastern states as corrupt black holes draining on Australia. I tend to agree with them and I’m from Vic.

    • Frank DrebinMEMBER

      Only as long as iron ore has relevance to China – once that ends it will slip back into the Indian Ocean again.

      • LOL mate once that happens the whole of Australia is screwed. NSW and VIC don’t make anything of any value.

        • Frank DrebinMEMBER

          Perhaps nurses and medical staff that WA is now frantically (and horribly unethcially) trying to poach ?.

          Oh and infants who can drive forklifts !.

          • I feel ethics is only one way with NSW and VIC people.

            What about Sydney money acquired through house appreciation that is shutting residents in QLD, derived from endless population immigration championed by the corrupt politicians over on the east coast?

            Most nurses and medical would be seriously considering the move to WA and good on them if that was the case, because its the same corrupt politicians on the east coast that have tried to revert back to the aforementioned model and gave us this Sh*t show and they are baring the brunt of.

          • Albanese has backed McGowan. QLD and WA will give us a Labour win now as long as he holds that line.

  11. And then it will be 2nd booster dose, and then it will be the new Omicron specific vaccine on and on ad infinitum …

  12. Chayan GunendranMEMBER

    Rational decision to protect the golden goose (resources sector) & continue the economic growth for as long as possible.

    As a nation, it is the optimal outcome, rather than all states struggling with the virus impact around the same time.

    Probably supported by 90% (am guessing) of locals; given we haven’t been adversely impacted by the Premier’s measures to date.

    Lessons learned from other states in relation to schools would also be useful in minimizing the impact.

    Am not sure what are the sound arguments for opening in a rush.

  13. It’s not just border and business issues that concern the conservatives and their financiers.

    It is the spectre of democracy, where a leader actually does what the majority of the constituency wants.

    That sets a very poor precedent from the viewpoint of the lobbyist-driven Feds.

  14. LeftRightOutMEMBER

    My take is that Omicron is already in the wild in WA courtesy of the massage parlour infections, the so called Cockburn (the ‘ck’ is silent, not kidding) cluster. The border opening delay buys a few additional weeks to prepare for the inevitable.
    https://12ft.io/proxy?q=https://www.businessnews.com.au/article/Two-new-local-cases-Cockburn-cluster-grows

    Let’s hope that their plans include something more substantial than a few tents alongside the hospitals.
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-01-18/marquee-triage-system-to-limit-spread-of-covid-in-wa-hospitals/100762408

    Either way, the virus will eventually win.

  15. You can now enter Queensland now without a test. The politics..I mean science is different in each state..

    Disturbing.