“We can only assume that the Premier is gaslighting us for political reasons. He wants to win an election next year.
“We were behind him when it was about health. This is a breach of trust.”
Mr Hastie encouraged his social media followers to share stories of how the hard border had affected their families, businesses and mental health.
WA opposition health spokesman Zak Kirkup said he was astounded to learn West Australians could safely travel to every other jursidiction excluding NSW and Victoria.
“It’s been made abundantly clear that the border arrangements that have been put in place in Western Australia haven’t been based on the health advice but have in fact been a political decision that’s been made by the Premier and the government here today,” he said on Wednesday.
Shadow Treasurer Dean Nalder said on Twitter: “The primary issue here is not about the border being open or closed, its about the honesty of the Premier about the border.”
Mr McGowan responded angrily in Parliament when questioned by Mr Kirkup.
“The government has been very clear the whole way along that the hard border is based upon the advice of the chief health officer and that the Chief Health Officer has expressed concern about the border arrangements between other states that are lower risk than states that are higher risk,” he said.
“We have gone now six months without any community spread of the virus, unlike the east. There has been community spread of the virus in New South Wales and Victoria and many people have died. If the Liberal party has its way, that will happen here.”
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