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Aboriginal community reconnected after being cut off by border closure


Barmah publican Mat Gissing said the community was relieved.

“It’s good it’s open and emergency services could get through if they needed to, that’s the main thing,” he said.

Barmah publican Mat Gissing at the previously unmanned Barmah Bridge barriers.

Barmah publican Mat Gissing at the previously unmanned Barmah Bridge barriers.Credit:Mathew Gissing

Residents on both sides of the border were angered after the barriers were erected without consultation.

“We weren’t told it was going to close; there was no warning, nothing,” Mr Gissing said at the time.

“Nobody’s manning it. Nobody can access anything. It would take an ambulance an extra 20 minutes to get around.”

Belinda Day, the chief executive of local health organisation Viney Morgan Aboriginal Medical Service, said commonsense had prevailed.

“We know restrictions need to happen for a reason but it was a difficult thing for people to swallow that there was no taking the time to understand the vulnerabilities of our small community which is already isolated and the bridge closure further increased that isolation.”

Ms Day said if the bridge had stayed closed, elderly residents would have been forced to walk across or drive a much longer way around.

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“That wouldn’t have been ideal for the many elderly people in our community with chronic care issues,” she said.

The service is now busy organising border passes for residents.

Local NSW MP Helen Dalton met with the affected communities this week and said in a Facebook post that she had discussed the impact of border closures with the local police and council.

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Long queues into NSW as border closure enforced


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But in border communities such as Albury-Wodonga many people live, work and have family on both sides of the border.

Regional Development Minister Jaclyn Symes said she was concerned that some people may face long waits to access key services such as health care.

“I’m concerned about the transition period and people being subjected to long queues in the early days,” she said.

Ms Symes said many people in northern Victoria needed to access cancer treatment in Albury.

But she was confident arrangements would be finalised by the end of the week so that residents in border communities would be able to travel over state lines when necessary.

“But it’s going to be a rocky start,” she said.

Ms Symes, who is also agriculture minister, said she was talking with her counterparts in NSW to ensure farmers could travel across the borders.

Albury teacher Amy Rooke said she had successfully applied for a border entry permit online. She teaches at a school in Wodonga.

“I got the permit online but I’m guessing I’ll get something from the Education Department to say I work in Wodonga,” she said.

A person wishing to cross the border on Wednesday morning presents documentation at Wodonga.

A person wishing to cross the border on Wednesday morning presents documentation at Wodonga.Credit:Justin McManus

By mid-morning on Wednesday the traffic appeared to have eased but motorists still faced long waits in their cars with the queue stretching hundreds of metres from Albury’s south back over the Murray River.

Some drivers took the wait in good cheer, singing along to music and shrugging their shoulders at the media camped beside the checkpoint.

The other side of the causeway leading into Wodonga was quiet with barely any cars making the trip into Victoria. NSW police are only checking cars heading into Albury leaving motorists free to travel over the border into Victoria without being stopped.

The border crossing on Wednesday morning.

The border crossing on Wednesday morning.Credit:Justin McManus

West Wodonga resident Lauren Mitchell said it took her two hours to reach her job at a café in Albury – a drive that usually takes just 11 minutes.

“It was hell,” she said.

The bakery and café where she is manager is usually abuzz in the morning but on Wednesday it was quiet with few travellers leaving NSW.

By 11pm on Tuesday NSW police had already begun stopping motorists travelling into NSW. There was a slow stream of traffic in the final minutes leading up to the midnight border closure with police waving some cars through and stopping others before allowing them to pass into NSW.

The checkpoint was set up just a few hundred metres north of the Murray River on the NSW side. The first car to reach the checkpoint after the deadline arrived at 12.07am and was promptly stopped by police. It was later allowed to pass.

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NSW-Victoria border closure is worth the economic pain


Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ decision on Tuesday to send metropolitan Melbourne back into lockdown, in response to surging COVID cases, will deal a further blow to hopes of a recovery in the state.

But like so many questions in economics, assessing these restrictions means looking at both costs and benefits. If you only look at the negative economic impact of tighter restrictions — and there will undoubtedly be many — you only get half the story.

Monday’s decision to shut the NSW-Victoria border is the most dramatic in a series of recent border closures by state governments trying to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The last time this happened was the 1918-19 Spanish flu pandemic, also following an initial attempt by the federal government to have all states work together.

That border closure, put in place by NSW, was unsuccessful. NSW State Archives and Records reports that closing the border did not stop the Spanish flu gradually spreading throughout the state after it reached Sydney on a ship.

But regardless of how successful this closure is a century later, it’s clear there will be nasty side-effects for some parts of the economy.

NSW accounts for about a third of national economic output, and Victoria makes up just under a quarter. Closing off the movement of people between the states and having Melburnians stay home is undoubtedly a setback to the federal government’s plan to reopen activity, and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has acknowledged it will probably cost jobs.

The pain from the border closure will be particularly acute for the already struggling tourism and travel industries, at a time when inter-state visitors brought a ray of hope after international tourism had ground to a halt.

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Deloitte Access Economics reports that inter-state tourism is worth $39 billion in annual spending, about a quarter of the domestic tourism economy. “It’s a sobering outcome when the industry was starting to feel some optimism about travel and visitation returning,” says Access partner Adele Labine-Romain, pointing out South Australia and Tasmania’s sectors are particularly dependent on spending by inter-state travellers.

Business travel is another likely casualty, though much of this has already been replaced by Zoom meetings in recent months.

The border closure is also a further blow to the reeling aviation sector, given Sydney to Melbourne is also one of the world’s busiest air routes (or at least it was until the virus struck).

Less tangibly, the confidence of households and businesses may well suffer from the border closure and Melbourne’s lockdown. And such a hit could have a real influence on economic activity, because if consumers all tighten their purse strings at the same time, it makes a bad situation worse for businesses that depend on us spending money.

Even so, the closure of the NSW-Victoria border — and indeed the other state borders closed this year — do not mean all economic links are severed.

Trucks have continued crossing state borders for months, and the NSW government says freight will be given special treatment, as will people in border towns who have a permit. Industry is worried about the complexities of a permit system and the potential for delays, with the Logistics Council pointing out there are 7300 heavy vehicles that cross the NSW-Victoria border every day.

But these disruptions need to be seen against the much bigger economic benefit from containing the virus —which, without a vaccine, can only be achieved by restricting the movement of people.

For all the financial pain of the last few months, Australia’s economy has emerged in better shape from the pandemic than the experts were fearing in March.

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That track record is the result of moves to suppress the spread of the virus, which allowed the earlier-than-expected lifting of restrictions — until now in Victoria.

There is therefore an economic case for trying to protect this position in other states, including NSW, while doing what’s needed to contain the virus in Victoria.

And this is not just some theoretical argument cooked up by economists — there’s already early evidence of how fresh outbreaks can have real financial consequences.

ANZ Bank’s weekly data on customer spending on Tuesday showed Victoria lagging other states, which the bank put down to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Melbourne.

Closing the NSW-Victoria border will have real costs, but these should be compared with the economic and human costs we’d face from the virus spreading more widely in our two most populous and economically significant states. In that contest, a border closure looks like the lesser of two evils.

Ross Gittins is on leave.

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Authorities prepare for long queues ahead of Vic-NSW border closure


Albury mayor Kevin Mack said light vehicles would be diverted onto the Lincoln Causeway between Albury and Wodonga so that trucks could use the Hume Freeway. He called on the NSW government, which is administering the closure, for travel permits to be issued to residents within 100 kilometres of the border so they could access health care and other services in both Albury and Wodonga.

The border between NSW and Victoria was set to close on Tuesday at midnight.

The border between NSW and Victoria was set to close on Tuesday at midnight. Credit:Getty

“As one community and two cities we’ll do what we can to a make the transition as smooth as possible,” he said.

Albury Wodonga Health chief executive Michael Kalimnios said health services would remain open on both sides of the river and that patients would be able to pass over the border with documents from their healthcare providers.

“We have had reports today that patients are cancelling appointments because they’re worried that they won’t be able to get across the border … or won’t be able to get back. That’s not the case.”

A permit system will allow residents to travel between the cities but it remained unclear on Tuesday who would be eligible and how the system would operate.

There were three suspected cases of COVID-19 in Albury Wodonga this week although the region had been free of the virus for several months. Across regional Victoria, Mitchell Shire had seven active cases, Greater Geelong had two and Greater Bendigo, Latrobe, Greater Shepparton and East Gippsland had one each.

Albury Wodonga Health chief executive Michael Kalimnios

Albury Wodonga Health chief executive Michael KalimniosCredit:Justin McManus

Central Medical Group associate Mark Trotter said his clinic in Wodonga was testing up to 80 people a day. Demand for tests at his clinic had surged since the latest round of infections in Melbourne, he said, but it remained unclear how the border closure would affect his clinic, which tests a high proportion of children.

“Since last Monday when the cases increased in Melbourne our demand went up significantly. We’ve been turning people away for a week. We can’t meet the demand,” Dr Trotter said.

About 30 per cent of his patients come from Albury, Dr Trotter, said, but even when they were no longer able to cross the border he expected there would “be enough in Wodonga to keep us busy”. A pop-up clinic was being established in Albury.

Ken and Faye Thorn rushed back to their home in Shepparton when the heard the NSW border was closing.

Ken and Faye Thorn rushed back to their home in Shepparton when the heard the NSW border was closing. Credit:Justin McManus

Already many at the border have stories about how the closure has disrupted their plans.

Ken and Faye Thorn cut their holiday short in Batemans Bay on the south coast of NSW when they heard the border was closing. On Tuesday they drove their caravan through Wodonga towards home in Shepparton. The couple had paid for 15 days in a caravan park but only stayed for nine.

“It was our opportunity to get away and now it’s been turned upside down,” Mr Thorn said. “At our age panic and packing up wasn’t very good.”

The pensioners say they lost $240 in accommodation costs when they made the hurried decision to drive home.

Kate O’Hara had to cut her trip to Melbourne short so she could make it back to Australian National University in Canberra. A genetics student, Ms O’Hara feared she may have to isolate for 14 days because she was coming from Victoria but obtained a note from a hotel in Albury to show she had spent Monday night in NSW.

“We just made it to the other side at the right time,” she said.

She had been visiting family in Camberwell, where she grew up, and travelled back to NSW with her father John.

Mary Richards rushed from her new home in Bendigo to NSW for a family reunion. Her family had planned a physically-distanced gathering in two houses over a week in Bendigo. But they wee in Albury when the border closure was announced so their gathering was reduced to one night eating Chinese takeaway in a hotel.

Her brother, John Creasy who lives in NSW, said there was no use quibbling about it.

“If you fight it you just get depressed. I understand people have lost their jobs. A lot of people are worse off. This is a first-world problem for us.”

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NSW-Victoria border shuts after record infection day


Albury residents have been urged to get tested even if they have the mildest symptoms.

Victoria’s return to school next week and the resumption of junior sport this weekend are also in doubt, as Premier Daniel Andrews flagged further announcements on restrictions to come.

NSW Police will move from midnight on Tuesday to seal the border. Officers will be stationed at the four main roads, 33 bridges, two waterway crossing and multiple smaller roads linking Victoria and NSW, and have warned of fines of up to $11,600 for anyone caught trying to run the blockade.

The historic decision to close the border for the first time since the Spanish flu pandemic of 1919 to 1920 was made by Ms Berejiklian, Mr Morrison and Mr Andrews in a phone call early on Monday morning.

The call followed urgent advice from NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant that Ms Berejiklian should act on what Dr Chant saw as a concerning spread of coronavirus outside Melbourne’s 12 locked-down hotspot suburbs.

Mr Andrews said later in the day that he agreed with the “precautionary” decision and expressed his gratitude that NSW would police the border, freeing up Victorian health workers and police to move into Melbourne’s hotspots.

Victorians north of the Murray will continue to be allowed to return home via NSW and a travel permit system will be rolled out by Wednesday to allow residents to move around cross-border communities such as Albury-Wodonga.

On Monday evening the Prime Minister labelled the border closure regrettable but necessary.

“We’re one country and that’s important, it’s important for our economy,” Mr Morrison told 2GB radio.

“But so is maintaining our strong health performance through COVID. All our other states and territories have virtually no community transmission, if any, and so it’s important just to put that protection in place for the time that is needed.”

As the rest of Australia continues its move towards relative normality, Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton faced questions on a return to a statewide lockdown.

“We’re not excluding that possibility,” Professor Sutton said on Monday.

“We’ve always flagged that we’ve got these two tools: testing and tracing, and the physical distancing. We’ve worked extremely hard to get the word out … but we need to form a view over the coming days as to whether that’s a sufficient suppression of transmission.”

Professor Sutton said there was “significant spillover” of coronavirus cases in the areas adjacent to Melbourne’s 12 locked-down postcodes in the north and west.

“People are absolutely being engaged in those areas, there’s lots of door-knocking, there’s lots of testing occurring,” he said.

“As I say, we are reviewing this on a daily basis. We do need to see whether the numbers in those adjacent postcodes, as well as restricted postcodes, are stabilising.”

The state’s new cases in recent days, including 108 on Saturday and 74 on Sunday, were “up and down”, Professor Sutton said.

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Victoria recorded two deaths on Monday: a man aged in his 90s and a man in his 60s, taking the state’s toll to 22 and the national toll to 106.

Monday’s 127 new cases included a healthcare worker at The Alfred hospital, along with two abattoir workers.

A cluster linked to Al-Taqwa College in Melbourne’s west grew by 14, taking the total to 77 – one of Victoria’s biggest outbreaks.

Sixteen new cases linked to the North Melbourne and Flemington public housing towers took the total to 53.

University of NSW professor and World Health Organisation adviser Mary-Louise McLaws said the Victorian government should reimpose a strict lockdown on the entirety of Melbourne.

Professor McLaws said community transmission had grown to a point that justified harsher restrictions and she called for infected people in public housing flats to be moved to a purpose-built area to avoid large family clusters emerging.

“Certainly it’s a good idea,” she said of a city-wide lockdown. She added that Victoria may also “think about locking down the entire state for another 14-day period”.

Speaking on Network Ten’s The Project, she said the lockdown could apply only to the metropolitan area if the government determined regional areas were not at high risk.

Professor McLaws said the cramped conditions in public housing meant a single infected person could spark sprawling clusters.

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To counter this, she said, facilities should be set up to receive infected people, ensuring they did not infect others in the towers, many of whom have co-morbidities and are at greater risk of becoming seriously ill from the virus.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said the border closure would require co-ordination between 11 councils and five police districts.

“The task is not lost on me in terms of the enormity of the logistics of this operation,” he said.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern raised the prospect of a trans-Tasman bubble that excluded Victoria, saying she would be happy to reopen to individual Australian states.

In an early sign of the economic impact of the border closure, Qantas and its budget arm Jetstar will “significantly” reduce flights to and from Melbourne, a spokesman for the airline said on Monday, while Virgin said it was reviewing its flight schedule.

Paul Zahra, head of the Australian Retailers Association, said retailers were aiming for “a safe start and not a false start”.

“Retailers are closely adhering to state government instructions and have consistently put the safety of their employees and customers first,” Mr Zahra said.

However, a spokesman for Vicinity, which owns shopping centres such as Chadstone along with two sites in locked-down suburbs, said visitation was down and some retailers had chosen to close their doors for the lockdown’s duration.

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State to keep border shut


Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced that the state’s borders will remain closed to Victorians.

“Today I want to address the issue of borders. Let me state from the outset, Queensland has very large concerns about the state of Victoria,” she told reporters today.

“There have been 250 cases in the past seven days. Yesterday, 75 and, today, 64.

“There is community transmission. There’ve been outbreaks in hotels, schools, healthcare, retail and a distribution centre. So, due to the current community transmission levels, the border with Victoria will remain closed and will be strengthened.

“Tougher measures will apply from this Friday, July 3, at 12pm.

“Anyone who has travelled from Victoria, including Queenslanders, will be prevented from entering or will have to quarantine at a hotel at their own expense for two weeks.

“We just can’t risk removing border restrictions for people coming from areas of Victoria right now.”

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Queenslanders will discover today if they’ll be making a cheeky jaunt over the border soon.

Queensland’s Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has stood firm on when she would make an announcement on the easing of such restrictions, not budging on the June 30 deadline – even going so far as to laugh off border reopening date questions during a press conference on the weekend.

But the day has finally arrived when Queenslanders will find out how COVID-19 restrictions will be eased and that includes the contentious decision on the reopening of borders.

The Queensland Premier has assured the public numerous times that her decision would be supported by “evidence” and medical advice from chief health officer, Dr Jeannette Young.

State Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington has pressured on the Palaszczuk Government to reopen borders ahead of schedule from July 1 and said during a press conference yesterday the Premier should be running the state, “not a medical expert”.

“If the Prime Minister says it’s safe for the borders to be open, well then it’s safe,” Ms Frecklington said.

When pressed on the situation in Victoria, where a gobsmacking 75 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded overnight, Ms Frecklington said the health advice for quarantine should be followed.

“I would encourage them not to travel, but visitors coming from hot spots in Victoria should quarantine for two weeks upon arrival and they should do so at their own cost,” she said.

Ms Frecklington said the Premier’s lack of decision-making on borders was costing jobs and closing businesses.

Businesses such as The Tour Collective are especially keen to see the border reopen.

The Tour Collective brand manager Lauren Horner said the border closure had hit every facet of the eco-tourism business, which operates marine and whale-watching tours out of southeast Queensland and the Gold Coast.

“We had to end our season earlier than normal and we are now operating at 50 per cent capacity,” Ms Horner said.

“It’s just not sustainable. We’d like to see borders open as soon as it’s safe to do so.”

Tourism Whitsundays chief executive officer Tash Wheeler said the Whitsunday region had been like a ghost town since borders were closed in an effort to stop the spread of the virus.

“We’re a global destination so the closure of borders has crippled us. Having said that we absolutely do not want to go backwards,” Ms Wheeler said.

“Now that school holidays have started in Queensland, the region is quite busy again and we’re receiving a lot of support from Queenslanders.

“What would help local businesses here most is an easing of restrictions in restaurants and on tours – or even a travel partnership with states who do not pose a serious risk to the public health.”

Today’s announcement is likely to flag the easing of restrictions from July 10, which is also the last day of school holidays in Queensland.

Up to 100 people will be permitted to gather in restaurants, cafes, pubs and clubs, although opening borders is not covered in the state’s road map to easing restrictions.



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Interstate retailers make border crossings


Another fashion retailer crossing the border, from Sydney, is Vanessa Solomon’s Ballet Emporium which recently purchased new digs at 849 Burke Road for $1.675 million.

The other new kid on the Burke Road block is Telstra. The national telco paid $4.28 million for 628 Burke Road, next door to the shoe shop, where it plans to fit it out as a new flagship store.

It comes as Telstra sells off swags of suburban properties. Despite vacancies, Burke Road is still considered good value by investors. Commonwealth and ANZ bank branches on the strip have fetched $12.06 million and $16.5 million this year.

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Punjabi-born chef Jessi Singh, who is behind a swag of local and international restaurants, including Daughter in Law, Mrs Singh, BabuJi and Don’t Tell Aunty has leased a four-level space in South Melbourne.

343 Clarendon Street.

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Mr Singh is poised to open a new restaurant, Mr Brownie Rooftop Hotel, in the space previously occupied by Fishers Craft Beer at 343 Clarendon Street, on the corner of Park Street.

CBRE agents Zelman Ainsworth and Jason Orenbuch crunched the off-market deal and Rorey James, Nic Hage and Jing Jun Heng are set to sell the building.

Records show Alan Fisher and Sarah Richardson, who were behind the craft beer venture, bought the building in 2015 for $2.61m.

Agents are expecting more than $4m. Mr Singh signed up for a five-year lease paying $165,000 a year.

Pricey excavation

A Sydney-based Asian developer has snapped up a Glen Iris building site, paying $5.68 million for a 1700 square metre hole in the ground at 1542-1544 High Street.

The property is part of a portfolio of developments controlled by financial planner Ray Werden’s Werden Property Group.

Records show its owner, WPG High Street, has a long list of shareholders, mostly self-managed superannuation funds, and is currently under external administration.

CBRE agents David Minty, Nathan Mufale, Alex Brierley and Dylan Kilner negotiated the deal, directed by the mortgagee-in-possession.

The property had a permit for a 22-unit apartment building and sold on a short 30 day settlement.

Mr Minty said there were 14 bids, including international buyers.

“Notably, buyers from China, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong all participated in the EOI process,” Mr Minty said.

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But controls on foreign buyers snapping up commercial property during Covid-19 has cost one campaign in East Kew, a bidder.

Gorman Commercial director Stephen Gorman, who sold 15 Station Street for $3.05 million, said one of the top bidders in the first round of the expressions of interest campaign had to be eliminated.

New Covid-19 restrictions imposed on non-residents buying leased meant a conditional offer for the office-showroom, was knocked out.

There was plenty of interest from local investors and owner-occupiers for the 545 sq m property which is on a 840 sq m parcel of land and it sold on a 2.7 per cent yield.

Zheng & Fu

Meanwhile a local business owner is planning to shift a few blocks in Collingwood having splashed out $8.4 million on a warehouse behind Collingwood College.

The 1200 sq m older style property at 163-165 Islington Street includes a commercial kitchen and exposed saw tooth timber trusses.

Grey Johnson agent Brett Simpson, who did the deal, said “Owner-occupiers are the busiest in the market right now.”

Records show the vendor Zheng & Fu Investment, bought the property in 2007 for $2.028 million.

Green Street

The vendor who made good on his family’s 70 years ownership at 273 Swanston Street back in March has turned around and pumped his inheritance into a Cremorne warehouse.

The Green Street warehouse in Cremorne.

The Green Street warehouse in Cremorne.Credit:

The Swanston Street shop settled last week for $9.2 million and the vendor turned around and bought 81 Green Street with plans to turn it into a two-level office.

The 320 sq m warehouse is on a 245 sq m parcel of land and fetched around $11,000 a sq m – or about $2.7 million.

The off-market deal was negotiated by CBRE David Minty, Nathan Mufale and Alex Brierly on a 24-day settlement. The vendor was toy distributor Tony Oates.

Further north in Richmond, the owner of the former McCann Auctions warehouse at 426 Burnley Street has put the property on the market.

McCann Auctions moved to bigger premises in Abbotsford earlier in the year after 10 years at Burnley Street and nearly 90 years in Richmond.

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WA officials lash prominent doctor Clay Golledge over ‘Nazi’ border analogy


Western Australia’s health minister has slammed “disgraceful” comments made by a prominent doctor who likened the state’s coronavirus border controls to Nazi Germany.

The stoush came as WA recorded two new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, both from returned overseas travellers who are in hotel quarantine.

WA now has four active cases following one recovery overnight.

Infectious diseases specialist Clay Golledge, a notable critic of the government throughout the coronavirus pandemic, lashed out at Premier Mark McGowan after he declined to name a date for reopening the interstate borders on Monday evening.

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Labelling Mr McGowan a “messianic megalomaniac”, Dr Golledge suggested the premier was using the crisis to gain political traction.

“Good people can be brainwashed in to believing the spin. We saw an extreme example of this in Germany in 1933,” he posted on Twitter.

The outburst came just hours after Mr McGowan announced the state would be moving into phase four of easing coronavirus restrictions this weekend. He described it as a “road map to recovery”.

Health Minister Roger Cook said Dr Golledge, a senior doctor at Perth’s Hollywood Private Hospital, should apologise.

“I find those tweets deeply offensive, not only to myself and the premier but also to all those people for whom it touches upon very personal issues,” he told reporters on Tuesday.

“This is a serious matter. We’re here through the pandemic trying to save lives and trying to save jobs and really, it’s disgraceful that Dr Golledge should belittle that debate by making these sort of comments that are deeply offensive.”

Mr Cook said he was troubled by the fact that Dr Golledge was also an Adviser to the AFL on infectious diseases, as negotiations continued between the league and the government on a potential hub in Western Australia.

“I would seriously reconsider seeking his advice on this issue,” he said.

Meanwhile Mr McGowan brushed off the comments, claiming he did not deal with “rubbish portrayed on social media” but should apologise to residents who had relatives who experienced the events of World War II.

AMA WA president Andrew Miller said the WA border should be shut as long as possible.

According to WA Today, Dr Golledge released a statement claiming his comments were “taken completely out of context by the media” but apologised “if anybody has taken offence”.

The premier on Monday revealed his government had been planning to reopen the interstate borders from August 8.

But an outbreak in Victoria, where there has been significant community transmission, has led WA to abandon any border changes for now.

All other coronavirus restrictions within WA will be removed from July 18, paving the way for capacity crowds of up to 60,000 when AFL games return to Optus Stadium.

“These are obviously really exciting developments and very important ones but with this reward comes a great deal of responsibility,” Mr Cook said.

“It’s important that Western Australians continue to make sure that they observe physical distancing, make sure that we do all these things which have made us successful.”

Dr Golledge has since suspended his Twitter account.

Nazi Germany – otherwise known as the German Reich — was controlled by Hitler between 1933-1945 and saw the world thrown in to World War II where the Allies defeated Germany in May, 1945.

During Hitler’s dictatorship Germany made increasing territorial demands, eventually invading and seizing numerous countries across Europe, beginning in Australia in 1938.

Millions were imprisoned, tortured and killed in genocide and mass murders, including the Holocaust.



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South Australia, Western Australia could delay border opening


Victoria’s spike in coronavirus cases could delay the return of full interstate travel, with other states wary of reopening their borders.

Premier Daniel Andrews was forced to reimpose restrictions within his state after 25 new cases were recorded on Saturday.

Victoria’s case numbers are now the highest they’ve been in more than two months after four days of double-digit growth.

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From midnight on Sunday to July 12, Victorians will only be able to have five people at their homes. Outdoor gatherings will be restricted to 10. Cafes, restaurants and pubs had been set to be allowed 50 patrons at one time on Monday, up from 20 currently.

That will also be put on hold until July 12. More than half of the new Victorian cases since the end of April have come from family members spreading it to their relatives.

Western Australia’s government has maintained its hard line border closure will remain for as long as there is sustained community spread of the virus in the eastern states.

Premier Mark McGowan has refused to put a date on welcoming interstate visitors and is likely to further ease restrictions within WA before opening the border.

South Australia is due to reopen on July 20 but its government is closely monitoring the situation in Victoria and has not ruled out staying closed.

“We will not open our borders to Victoria unless it is safe to do so,” Health Minister Stephen Wade said on Saturday.

“Our number one priority is the health of South Australians.”

The latest comments come a border war between South Australia and Victoria erupted last week with SA Premier Steve Marshall saying he will build a wall and send his Victorian counterpart the bill.

The fight started after Mr Andrews had taken a swipe at South Australia over not including Victoria in an opening up of its borders saying, “I don’t want to be offensive to South Australians but why would you want to go there?

In Queensland, the spike in COVID-19 cases in Melbourne has prompted its health department to broaden the number of high-risk areas that force people into mandatory quarantine when returning from Victoria.

Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young says the hot spots now include all 31 Local Government Areas in Greater Melbourne, as well as bordering areas of Murrindindi, Mitchell, Moorabool, Macedon Ranges and Greater Geelong.

The AFL was forced to postpone Sunday’s match between Essendon and Melbourne after Bombers defender Conor McKenna tested positive.

AFL chief Gillon McLachlan said McKenna, who returned from his native Ireland last month, had subsequently tested negative five times while in hotel quarantine, suggesting he was likely to have contracted the virus in Melbourne.

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The ASX is set for big early gains following Wall Street’s enthusiasm over the Federal Reserve’s plan to buy individual corporate bonds to help prop up the economy.

The local SPI 200 futures contract was higher by 141 points, or 2.46 per cent, to 5,876.0 at 0800 AEST on Tuesday.

The Federal Reserve’s purchases will be part of its $US1 trillion ($A1.5 trillion) bond-buying program to keep lending markets running smoothly, which allows big employers to easily access cash.

They are also the latest reminder the US central bank is doing everything it can to support markets during the coronavirus pandemic, analysts say.

The S&P 500 rose 25.28 points to finish at 3,066.59 – 9.4 per cent below its record set in February.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 157.62 points, or 0.6 per cent, to finish at 25,763.16. The Nasdaq composite added 137.21, or 1.4 per cent, to 9,726.02.

In Australia on Tuesday, the Reserve Bank’s June board meeting minutes will be published.

Economists will be looking for any comments about the Aussie dollar’s recent surge and the expected timing of economic recovery.



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