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WA Premier’s ‘hubris’ stopping border reopening

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Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan is allowing politics and personal “hubris” block reopening the state’s border, according to an infectious diseases expert.

Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan is allowing politics and personal "hubris" block reopening the state's border, according to an infectious diseases expert.

Dr Clay Golledge, of Hollywood Private Hospital in WA, told Today there is no medical reason why the border should not be reopened as coronavirus measures continue to be eased.

"The vast majority of medical opinion ... is that the border should be opened."

He said throughout Australia there is "Incredibly low community transmission" and the WA government's refusal was a political decision.

"Even yesterday we had the absurd statement that he won't open the border until there has been four week, four weeks, of no community transmission in Victoria and New South Wales.

"That is not going to happen. He has basically saying I am not going to open the border."

Mr McGowan said on Sunday states could exercise their own discretion.

"Whilst we work cooperatively as part of the federation, as part of the national cabinet, at times we make decisions that meet the needs of our state, as an isolated state with low rates of infection.

"We've used our isolation to our advantage and that allows us to do things differently to a degree."

Federal Attorney-General Christian Porter says he has given notice to the High Court to intervene in three cases challenging the border closures in WA and Queensland.

Meanwhile, Dr Golledge urged the federal government to be wary of shortening the quarantine period for some international travellers entering Australia.

The Morrison Government has flagged reducing the two-week quarantine period for international students and business travellers when they arrive.

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"One of the things we do know is that the 14 days is a very reasonable quarantine period. If you are going to try to shorten that you will get into trouble if people are covering from countries with high pandemic cases."

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Source: 9News

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