Defence Minister Peter Dutton has hit back at Mark McGowan after the West Australian premier criticized the federal government for failing to provide better alternatives to. Metropolitan Perth and the neighboring Peel region are in a three-day lockdown after to the Perth Mercure Hotel. Mr. McGowan said CBD hotels were unsuitable and that defense facilities such as Curtin Air Base in Derby or immigration detention facilities on Christmas Island would be better.
But Mr. Dutton disagrees.
“I’d love to tell you that air bases or the Christmas Island facility are fit for purpose, but it is not,” he told ABC’s Insiders program on Sunday.
“Mark McGowan has made a mistake with the Mercure Hotel. Nobody is being critical of him for that. He doesn’t need to be defensive. He doesn’t want to be the next Dan Andrews where they had significant problems,” he added, referring tolast year.
He said the Commonwealth would work with Mr. McGowan to move away from the Mercure Hotel.
“There are seven or eight, nine hotels that are working perfectly fine in WA at the moment, as he pointed out in his own words,” Mr. Dutton said.
Genomic testing confirmed thein the corridors of the Mercure from a couple who had returned from India. A pregnant mother and her four-year-old daughter, who stayed across the hall, .
TheirWA health authorities on April 21 to track down a man who had stayed adjacent to the Indian couple but had since flown to Melbourne.
He was then tested and went into Melbourne, returning a positive test result on Friday.
After exiting quarantine, his five-day visit in Perth led to two community cases – a female friend he stayed with and a man who dined near the pair at a restaurant.
Meanwhile,will be available for people over 50 at state and territory vaccination centers and respiratory clinics from May 3 before being sent to all GPs from May 17.
Even so, Labor’s spokesman for the NDIS is unhappy with the extremelyat disability facilities, saying just 100 out of 6,000 facilities have received their jabs.
“The federal government got one job in 2021, toso that life can get back to normal,” Mr. Shorten told Sky News’ Sunday Agenda program.
“What have they been doing for the last 12 months? How can 100 countries have done better than Australia.”
Mr. Shorten’s home state of Victoriaresult for the state after the infected man traveled from Perth to Melbourne.
States and territories have been taking precautions against travelers from Perth and Peel17, including Queensland, which has closed its border to anyone from a WA hotspot.