That’s a matter for the Western Australian premier.
But again, we always said that we were not going for eradication of the virus. Other economies tried that, and their economy was far more damaged than ours.
And so we have to ensure that we can run our economy, run our lives, run our communities alongside this virus. Until there’s a vaccine, then that’s what we have to contend with.
And we can’t just shut everything up forever. The economic impacts of that are devastating.
The states and territories, working together as part of a unified national cabinet, have worked together like I’ve never seen a federation work before.
States will make their own calls, ultimately, in what’s in their best interests. But there will be outbreaks.
There will be cases. What matters is that we’ve built the protections to deal with them, and that’s what I want Australians to have confidence in – there will be cases, but the work is being done to build up our defences.
And that’s why it’s so important that people don’t get complacent. This is, as the premier said, a wake-up call. Australia has fared incredibly well compared to the rest of the world.
But that cannot be cause for complacency.
Covid hasn’t gone anywhere. It’s still out there. And it can still take hold. And so we can’t be complacent about it, and we certainly aren’t, as governments all around the country.