The NSW premier said she saw no reason why any state border restrictions should be in place across the country by Christmas.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has again called on Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to "show compassion" in relation to the state's border restrictions.
"I urge the Queensland Premier to consider carefully the impact border closures are having on our communities, on our citizens on either side of the border," she said.
"You have to look at this issue from a compassionate perspective, a human perspective and appreciate that people with medical challenges, with compassionate reasons, or just to get to work, need to be considered.
"I urge the Queensland Premier to consider all of those issues moving forward, especially given where NSW is in the pandemic and what we have demonstrated."
Ms Berejiklian was speaking after today's National Cabinet meeting. She said she saw no reason why any state border restrictions should be in place across the country by Christmas.
"If the trends continue the way they are I don't think any state border should exist by Christmas," she said.
"There shouldn't really be a reason for any state to have their borders up, we only closed the border with Victoria because we had and it was a really hard decision."
Ms Berejiklian said she had heard heartbreaking stories of grandparents not meeting grandchildren, and parents not seeing children.
"They are the kind stories you don't want to hear, because it's difficult enough," she said.
"But I'm optimistic, I really am, I'm hopeful that by Christmas, even though some states might not be as comfortable as others, Australia will be a different place."
Ms Berejiklian is also excited at the possibility of welcoming tourists from New Zealand to the state.
"NSW would be very happy to consider that as soon as possible," she said. "Anything we can in NSW to support our tourism and hospitality sector and businesses is really critical at this time.
"As the pandemic moves forward and NSW has found a healthy rhythm of dealing with the health crisis, we are absolutely focused on what potentially we can provide for additional jobs and job creation, especially given the expiry of Jobkeeper in March."
Ms Berejiklian comments came after Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced he had had conversations with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern about the possibility of Australia accepting New Zealand tourists in the near future once the country was coronavirus-free.
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