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Finance Minister reacts as Western Australia sidesteps national plan

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Western Australia will be the last state or territory in the country to remove its hard domestic border, crushing local tourism operators and keeping families separated longer.

Finance Minister Simon Birmingham told Jim Wilson residents’ frustrations are a matter for them and the Premier, but pointed out WA is the only state to have rejected the national plan and gone their own way.

“It’ll be tough for parts of the West Australian tourism industry knowing that people across Australia will be making bookings to be able to head into other states, head overseas.

“West Australians are going to see the rest of the country … getting back to normal.

“The example of that will perhaps be far more powerful … than any type of political argy-bargy or commentary that any of us can throw around.”

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