West Australian Premier Mark McGowan says bringing down the international border this year is a “mad” idea and home quarantine for returned travellers is a “recipe for disaster”.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has flagged the idea of allowing international travel for vaccinated Australians, with people quarantining for 14 days at home upon their return.
Mr McGowan said he had also noted some commentary out of NSW calling for the international border to come down, but warned it was a bad idea.
“They are mad and I don’t understand why they are pursuing this,” he told reporters on Wednesday.
“Bringing down the international borders at this point in time or having reduced measures where people just quarantine at home or something of that nature en masse when they return from overseas is a recipe for disaster.”
Mr McGowan said he backed the idea that people should be vaccinated if they wanted to go overseas.
“But I think it’s too early for us to have mass international travel,” he said.
“We need to see Australians one, get vaccinated in large numbers and two, a reduction in the prevalence of the virus overseas before such time as we can get back to international travel in numbers…