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Australia news live: pressure on Queensland to open border to Sydney as Tasmania set to allow NSW residents

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The best advice I have from our health experts is that pretty much because of the very harsh severe and prolonged lockdown down there, that the virus at this point in time is pretty much eliminated from Victoria.

What we’re doing is waiting until the 23rd because on the 9th premier Andrews will allow Melburnians to travel throughout Victoria and then we start allowing Victorians in two weeks after that.

We think that’s adequate time. The health experts certainly believe that was the case and I wouldn’t have made the decision if they hadn’t supported me in that.

I’m very comfortable with the decision we have taken but any decision like that comes with a risk.

When you’re dealing with a pandemic and weigh up the economic factors and the health risk, you have to ride that steady cause of a steady balance and I think that’s what New South Wales has.

I hope my announcement yesterday put as bit of pressure on Queensland and WA to do the right thing. I think the biggest challenge we’ll face in the new year is, yes, keeping on top of the virus but also looking down potentially hundreds of thousands of job losses once jobkeeper finishes in March.

I don’t want to see a situation where too many households are worrying about their future, their income, their livelihoods. I want to be in a position where we enhance the quality of life of our citizens and that’s why we took the decision we did yesterday.



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