Barnaby Joyce says reopening is like ‘herding cats’, in swipe at WA and Qld
A plan to reopen the nation has been likened to “herding cats” by acting prime minister Barnaby Joyce as states and territories seek to set their own path on vaccine targets.
“It’s like herding cats. For a while there, we went from a federation back to little colonies again,” he told the Today Show.
“I was waiting for Queensland to get their own air force and Western Australia to get their own navy.
“If they want to move away and go onto a different track, well, that’s up to them, but the competent advice is laid out in the Doherty report.”
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk later rubbished claims she was planning to keep state borders closed until it reached 90 per cent of the population fully vaccinated.
“No, that is misinformation that was being peddled today,” she told reporters in Bundaberg.
“Let me say categorically, national cabinet is working on a national plan. We are waiting for further information to come from the Doherty modelling to national cabinet in a fortnight’s time.”
The Sunshine State currently is tied with Western Australia for the lowest rates of vaccination in the country, with just 60.3 per cent of the population having received the first dose of the vaccine, and 41.8 per cent for both doses.
Unlike NSW and Victoria, who have released plans for a pathway out of lockdowns, Ms Palaszczuk is yet to commit to a formal road map.
Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese launched on the acting prime minister’s comments, telling reporters the government would be better off working with staters rather than playing them off each other.
Originally published as Barnaby Joyce says reopening is like ‘herding cats’, in swipe at WA and Qld
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