“We’re not a collection of penal colonies”: NSW Premier’s border message to Qld

The New NSW Premier plans to call the Queensland Premier today to get acquainted and talk through prominent Covid issues, aka the border.

Dominic Perrottet has had a whirlwind few days catching up on the New South Wales health advice and roadmap out of restrictions since he was voted in as leader of the Liberal party on Tuesday morning.

The New South Wales vaccination rate has ticked over 70 per cent double vaccinated, meaning the state plans to ease restrictions from Monday.


There are hopes, particularly in the northern part of the state, that the Queensland border will soon fall as well.

The previous Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk were famously at odds about the border that runs straight through the Tweed/Coolangatta community.

Dominic Perrottet says he’d like to see that border come down as soon as possible, and will talk to the Queensland Premier about it for the first time today.

“I think ultimately, we’re Australians first. And I’ve said that before,” Mr Perrottet told the ABC on Thursday morning.

“I’m not gonna change my views in relation to that. But we can’t stay closed. We can’t be a hermit kingdom on the other side of the world.

“We want international borders open. New South Wales is gonna lead the way there.

“We want to get international travel back by the end of the year and as quickly as possible.

“We’ve got to learn to live alongside the virus. Vaccination rates are key to that.

“We’re gonna get well above 90%, I think, here in New South Wales, and the quicker we do that and the faster we open the borders, we reunite our nation.

And we’re not a collection of penal colonies. We’ve moved on as a country, and I think the more we see ourselves as one Australia, the better,” the new NSW Premier said.

The NSW Premier has also flagged a slight adjustment to the state’s roadmap out of restrictions, which will be announced later today.

It’s understood children will be able to swim in pools from Monday, which was not previously on the roadmap.

While there will also be slight changes to mask-wearing rules.

More details are expected in a press conference later today.