Mark McGowan was pretty clear this evening that he expects virus free WA, QLD, SA, Tas and the NT will maintain their border restrictions if they're covid-free when Australia reaches the 70% vaccination target. #auspol
Earlier today, the Queensland deputy premier Steven Miles specifically credited the borders for eased restrictions eg dancing and standing at pubs.
Miles: "Border restrictions are critical to us continuing to have kinds of freedoms we have and people in other cities and states can only dream of."
Even Tasmanian Liberal premier Peter Gutwein reserved the right to stay closed at 70%, noting the "significantly challenging" situation in NSW and that Tasmania is "relatively virus free".
All of this is to say: if you live in NSW, Victoria or ACT and have been listening to Scott Morrison and think your family will all be gathering around the Christmas table - INCORRECT.

Lockdowns a thing of the past, maybe, lockouts here to stay.
#auspol #covid19Aus

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Let's cut to Trump saying his rallies are really big without mentioning they're super spreader events!
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