Federal Finance Minister Mathias Cormann says WA’s hard border has left it with a “somewhat inflated sense of security”, underprepared for a COVID-19 second wave.
Minister Cormann raised his concerns about WA’s hard border policy directly with the business community at the CCIWA’s recent Federal Budget Briefing breakfast event.
“One of the concerns I’ve got, in a West Australian context, is because we’ve got this, I don’t want to call it false sense of security, but perhaps, somewhat inflated sense of security from the border,” he said.
“If there was an incursion, or if there was an outbreak, I don’t think that we are as prepared as we could be as we should be to deal with it.
“We haven’t really set up the system and processes to minimize the risk and to respond to it as swiftly as we can.”
CCIWA Members can access a video of the event via Business Toolbox.