Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan will not attend this week’s in-person meeting of Australia’s leaders to avoid being in proximity to SA Premier Steven Marshall.
The nation’s state and territory leaders are set to fly into Canberra for this Friday’s National Cabinet meeting. The meeting was set to be the first in-person meeting of the nation’s state and territory leaders since March.
However, Mr McGowan will take part via teleconference, in-line with his state’s health advice around South Australia.
Current border controls state that anybody who has close contact with SA residents is subject to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine period upon their return to WA.
News of Mr McGowan’s snub came on the day that South Australia confirmed 11 straight days without a new case of COVID-19.
SA now has zero active cases of the deadly virus in the state.
Despite the good news, WA’s border restrictions with the state remain, with a 14-day quarantine being enforced in response to the recent cluster in Adelaide’s northern suburbs.
Premier Steven Marshall has indicated that he will ask his WA counterpart to remove the border restrictions with SA in time for Christmas.
“I will certainly be asking the Premier there to consider the excellent results we have here in South Australia,” Mr Marshall said on Wednesday.