He warned: “There will always be cases, there will always be hospitalizations.”
NSW registered 580 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday and 11 deaths, including one in their 50s and one in their 60s. There were 812 people in the hospital with COVID, of which 163 were on intensive care.
At international borders, Perrottet said that subject to the seven-day home quarantine trial, it made “little sense” for borders to remain closed, and he had spoken to Prime Minister Scott Morrison about the issue.
“We’re looking at it,” he said. “[Deputy Liberal leader] Stuart Ayres is currently driving the pilot in NSW. This is something we are focusing on, if we can bring international travel back faster, we will certainly look into it. ”
Perrottet had a telephone connection to Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews on Saturday afternoon. Afterwards, a spokesman for Mr Andrews said the couple “had a very good discussion about opening borders, health funding and a fairer GST distribution”.
The removal of border restrictions for ACT, NSW and Victoria well before Christmas was “definitely on the cards”, Perrottet said, but would probably only happen when the number of cases in Victoria stabilized. This state reported record-breaking 1965 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday.
“NSW and Victoria have both said that they are committed to the national plan – we want to work through this as soon as possible and we both understand that we are not a bunch of penal colonies here, we are a nation and we should work. together and open up, ”Perrottet said.
“Victoria has its challenges at the moment, but their numbers will stabilize, their vaccination rate is rising and I can not see Victoria being too far behind in NSW, and then we open up together and most importantly we open up to the world, and that is important to Australia because NSW and Victorian economies if they are doing well. The country is doing well. ”
At GST, Perrottet designated an agreement that Morrison entered into in 2018 – which ensures that no state can receive less than 70 cents for every dollar raised in their jurisdiction – for criticism.
This agreement has led to Western Australia recording a strong surplus of $ 5.8 billion in 2020-21, of which $ 1.5 billion was a GST down payment.
The resource-rich state is expected to receive $ 2.1 billion extra in money from the Commonwealth in 2021-22 — money the federal government must borrow to pay the state.
“That’s exactly what we said would happen if the federal government would eventually lend money to distribute money to Western Australia in circumstances where they deliver profits, strong profits behind the mine boom,” Perrottet said.
He said “we should always be open to tax reforms”, such as expanding the base for GST to include more goods and services and raising the rate – but not under current options.
“In a post-pandemic world, federal financial relations and taxation must be considered for change,” Perrottet said. “But I will never advocate an increase or expansion of GST under the current schemes because the current schemes are not fair.”
Morrison last week rejected calls for changes to GST distribution schemes during a radio interview in Perth.
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