Why some power hungry premiers could refuse to let Aussies go on holiday while others push a home quarantine system once the vulnerabl
Why some power hungry premiers could refuse to let Aussies go on holiday while others push a home quarantine system once the vulnerable are vaccinated
- Scott Morrison wants to introduce home quarantine once more are vaccinated
- But he has conceded that some state leaders may refuse to back the idea
- This could mean that some Aussies are free to go on holiday but others are not
Some states could refuse to sign up to a home quarantine system that would allow vaccinated Australians to go on holiday and return without two weeks in hotel isolation.
Scott Morrison touted his plan for home quarantine last week but has insisted it would not come into play without the approval of the medical experts.
Ahead of a National Cabinet meeting with state premiers on Monday, he conceded that not all state premiers like the idea and some would probably refuse to sign up.
Sydney International Airport on April 19 when flights to New Zealand restarted
This could lead to a situation where some Australians feel free to go overseas while others still face the major cost and discomfort of hotel quarantine.
Asked it it’s possible that some states refuse to allow home isolation, Mr Morrison said: ‘Of course it is.
‘When you look at how states have reacted over the last year, many have different opinions on these issues.
‘I would seek to achieve as much national consistency as we possibly could but you rightly point out that public health is a matter of state jurisdiction and the Commonwealth is not in a position to direct that in any way, shape or form.’
Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan has said he would need ‘a lot of convincing’ to adopt home quarantine, with a spokesman telling The Australian: ‘We are a strong supporter of formal, secure quarantine.’
And Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley said the state has ‘no plans’ to move to home quarantine’ but would consider a proposal backed by medical advice.
A patient has sample taken at a busy drive through Covid testing site in Inglewood, Perth
In contrast, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian last week called home quarantine a ‘sensible suggestion’ and backed Mr Morrison’s idea.
The prime minister said any home quarantine plan could only be introduced once the most vulnerable Australians are vaccinated.
‘As I said yesterday, that is many months away from being achieved,’ he said on Monday.
‘We still over the next few months be working through those priority groups of vaccinations.
‘There is nothing suggested in anything I said that that would be achieved eminently or soon.
‘Just if you want to get to that position, that will take a lot of months and the work that has to be done before then that if you did go down that path you could do it safely and effectively.
‘That’s what I would hope but let’s get the work done and let’s get together and see where we get to. That’s the reason I’m pulling National Cabinet to work through this issue together and not in isolation because decisions will ultimately be made in the states.’
The home quarantine option would only apply to Australians who have had both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, Mr Morrison said.
Premier of Western Australia Mark McGowan is seen speaking during the swearing in ceremony of WA Labor’s new cabinet at Government House last month