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Andrew Liveris, the former Dow Chemical chief who sits on the board of a Saudi oil and gas company and is advising the government on kickstarting manufacturing in this country (spoiler - it involves gas) is the national press club guest today.
Western Australia’s premier Mark McGowan has slammed deputy prime minister Michael McCormack for publicly demanding states increase their international arrival caps, calling the move “very directly outside the spirit of the National Cabinet”.
McGowan didn’t rule out increasing Perth’s intake to 1025 arrivals per week - an increase of 500 requested by McCormack - but instead called on the federal government to open Commonwealth quarantine facilities as a way of increasing the arrival caps.
“I would have thought these things should be discussed at National Cabinet rather than a letter being released to the press prior to it being brought to the attention of the relevant premiers There are commonwealth facilities out there, defense bases, immigration facilities that could be used for two weeks quarantine for people returning from overseas. I’d urge the commonwealth to have a look at those facilities as a measureQuarantine and customs is a federal responsibility. But we’re obviously picking up the slack. We’re saying to the commonwealth work with us, don’t palm it all off, don’t say it’s just for states...The Commonwealth can resolve this if it wants to.”Continue reading...