Prime Minister Mark McGowan has managed to keep Western Australia relatively COVID-free during the pandemic, but the longer he leaves the hard border up, the more conspiracies he breeds.
WA is now the only state without a public roadmap for reopening before Christmas, after Queensland and Tasmania outlined plans to open up to Victoria and NSW.
The premiere said that limits to any jurisdiction would depend on the spread of the virus in the local community – and warned that easing travel restrictions too soon would place a “massive burden” on small businesses over the Christmas period.
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In tonight’s episode of Up Late, Ben Harvey reveals the latest conspiracy theory behind McGowan and Labor’s hard line stance up to a federal election.
“Some people expect him to keep the limit up so he can disrupt the federal election campaign,” Harvey said.
“If ScoMo and his cabinet mates have a hard time getting into WA, the Liberal Party will not be able to raise money … no fundraising means no advertising.”
Harvey says the closed borders would hit the incumbent (liberal) disproportionate government.
“A major source of fundraising money for the party in office is private functions with cabinet ministers … business will pay mega-money for an audience with ScoMo and Josh Frydenberg … it’s a total insult to democracy, but they do it all. “
Harvey predicts that a federal election will not take place until March.
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