Tue. Aug 9th, 2022

Barnaby Joyce has accused Western Australia’s stubborn Prime Minister Mark McGowan of turning his state into ‘North Korea’ and turning his back on the rest of Australia.

The deputy prime minister did not hold back when he declared that WA was in danger of becoming a ‘hermit’ under McGowan’s leadership.

The Labor prime minister has stubbornly resisted pressure from all corners to reveal when he will finally open his hard border with states like Victoria and NSW.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce (pictured) has accused Western Australian Prime Minister Mark McGowan of turning his state into 'North Korea'

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce (pictured) has accused Western Australian Prime Minister Mark McGowan of turning his state into ‘North Korea’

Joyce accused the Prime Minister of turning his state over to North Korea with his own air force and army to soon follow suit (pictured, statues of Kim Il Sung and late leader Kim Jong Il)

Joyce accused the Prime Minister of turning his state over to North Korea with his own air force and army to soon follow suit (pictured, statues of Kim Il Sung and late leader Kim Jong Il)

‘What should McGowan do next? Get your own air force? Does he have his own army? Said Joyce.

‘Maybe he can develop his own currency … That’s a little ridiculous. This starts to smell of arrogance and not logic.

‘In the end, unless you really want to make yourself a hermit, as if we want North Korea and some other hermit on Australia’s west coast, then Covid’s coming.’

Joyce said McGowan had to accept that the virus would spread everywhere and encouraged the politician to make his struggling health care system ready.

He then compared the Prime Minister’s Covid strategy to ‘locking all the children in the bedroom … to stop them ever from getting the flu’.

A fired Mark McGowan soon struck back, declaring that his state would not take advice from Mr Joyce, whom he mocked as incompetent.

The fired Western Australian prime minister (pictured) echoed the deputy prime minister's criticism, declaring his state 'will not take advice from Joyce'

The fired Western Australian prime minister (pictured) echoed the deputy prime minister’s criticism, declaring his state ‘will not take advice from Joyce’

WA's border is scheduled to open with covid-affected states like NSW and Victoria when between 80 and 90 percent of the eligible population is fully vaccinated (pictured, residents train in Perth)

WA’s border is scheduled to open with covid-affected states like NSW and Victoria when between 80 and 90 percent of the eligible population is fully vaccinated (pictured, residents train in Perth)

‘I know he was only recently promoted to deputy prime minister, but he clearly has no idea how to handle Covid and keep citizens safe,’ he said.

‘He has no experience in directing and dealing with Covid and is a disgrace to the Australian Parliament.’

McGowan claimed that Western Australians were ‘sick’ of the liberals and citizens who made the pandemic a political game.

“Liberals and citizens continue to undermine our efforts to combat the pandemic,” he said.

Western Australia borders Australia and the rest of the world when between 80 and 90 percent of the eligible population is fully vaccinated.

However, McGowan and his health minister Roger Cook have not yet announced a date for when the vaccination milestones will be reached.

McGowan often insists that there will be a two-month delay between the hitherto unspecified vaccination mark, somewhere between 80 and 90 percent, and the limit actually opens.

Given vaccine satisfaction in Covid-free WA, which puts it behind the package in the vaccine race, this may not be until as late as Easter 2022.

As of Saturday, 52.1 per cent of eligible Western Australians over the age of 16 had received two doses of a Covid vaccine.

Western Australia is still close to covid-like states such as Victoria and New South Wales (pictured, residents walking along the Swan River in Perth)

Western Australia is still close to covid-like states such as Victoria and New South Wales (pictured, residents walking along the Swan River in Perth)

WA opens its borders with Australia and the rest of the world when between 80 and 90 percent of the eligible population is fully vaccinated (pictured, living in Perth)

WA opens its borders with Australia and the rest of the world when between 80 and 90 percent of the eligible population is fully vaccinated (pictured, living in Perth)

Christmas plans for family living abroad remain in the air for WA residents who could remain in a ‘hermit’ well into next year.

Last week, Cook said the state was on the “right track” to reach the 80 percent milestone “toward the end of the year” in late November.

The health minister said reopening WA would be a ‘challenging time’ that could only be faced with high vaccination rates.

While Cook said 10,000 residents were vaccinated every day, the state is still lagging behind the national vaccination rate of 67 percent double-dose.

McGowan has refused to bow under pressure from the federal government to reopen the border with NSW and Victoria before Christmas.

On Saturday, the Prime Minister claimed that Western Australians would ‘unnecessarily die’ if he jumped the gun to ease the restrictions, while also swinging towards NSW.

Health Minister Roger Cook said last week that the state was on the 'right track' to hit the 80 per cent milestone at the end of November (picture arrives spectators at Perth's Optus Stadium)

Health Minister Roger Cook said last week that the state was on the ‘right track’ to hit the 80 per cent milestone at the end of November (picture arrives spectators at Perth’s Optus Stadium)

‘We do not want Western Australians to be forced to have extended lockdowns and rolling restrictions that destroy local jobs, like what has happened in NSW,’ he said.

McGowan said he would open up to Covid-infected states when it was safe to do so and only on the basis of health advice.

‘Vaccination is the way out of this pandemic and we do not want to open up to Covid-filled states and endanger Western Australians unnecessarily,’ he said.

It comes just days after McGowan took an extraordinary strike at NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet over his bid to revise the GST system and branded his East Coast counterpart a ‘whinger’.

Perrottet is trying to renew the GST system to give NSW a larger share of the pool that will inevitably come at WA’s expense.

McGowan was holding a spear from a Welcome to Country address at a new mining site in Pilbara on Tuesday when he suddenly asked, ‘Does anyone want to take me?

‘Where’s Dom Perrottet?’

McGowan (pictured) took an extraordinary stroke to NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet on Tuesday over his bid to revise the GST system, which stamped its counterpart to a 'whinger'

McGowan (pictured) took an extraordinary stroke to NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet on Tuesday over his bid to revise the GST system, which stamped its counterpart to a ‘whinger’

He added: ‘To be honest with you, I’m tired of listening to their whinging. They never stop sucking. ‘

The award said the NSW government had been poor financial managers with massive deficits and debt to show for it, on top of managing Covid ‘very badly’.

‘So instead of looking in the mirror, they look to the west to blame us for their situation,’ McGowan continued.

‘The reality is that if it were not for our efforts to keep Covid out and keep our industries open, the huge rescue of around $ 1 billion every week for NSW would not be possible.

‘The reality is that we have supported them far, far more than they support us.’

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