NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian slams other states over virus response

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian slams other states over virus response

With the NSW-Victoria border set to open, Gladys Berejiklian has hit out at other states for being too quick to do one thing after just a ‘couple of cases’.

Her swipe, including at fellow Liberal Premier Steven Marshall, came as NSW becomes the first jurisdiction open to all states and territories.

NSW on Sunday recorded its 15th day of no new local coronavirus cases. Eleven cases were detected among returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine.

“What’s been demonstrated to me, is that other states are moving very quickly to shut down their entire economy is when they have a couple of cases,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“I don’t agree with that position.

“I respect the South Australian premier but I wouldn’t have shut down my state after having that information.”

And when asked about Queensland, Ms Berejiklian accused the Palaszczuk government of “making up stuff as they go”.

“They keep changing the rules, they keep spouting advice I’ve never heard of,” she said.

Camera IconNSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she’s proud to open her state to all Australian jurisdictions. Credit: News Corp Australia, NCA NewsWire / Jeremy Piper

Speaking in Albury before the lifting of the NSW-Victoria border at 12.01am on Monday, Ms Berejiklian said she was confident in her state’s strategy to live in a COVID-safe way.

“We’ve had the most practice at it and I can appreciate that some of the smaller states haven’t,” she said.

“That is what takes us apart from the rest of the country, our QR codes, our social distancing, all of us in NSW are really making the effort not to let our guard down.…

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