International airlines say 20,000 locked out after Mark McGowan delays WA reopening

27/01/2022 4:11:00 AM

International airlines say 20,000 locked out after WA delays border reopening | @latikambourke

International airlines say 20,000 locked out after WA delays border reopening | latikambourke

The Board of Airline Representatives said it would take airlines 75 weeks to clear the backlog of passengers who had booked tickets in anticipation of the February 5 reopening.

“The Western Australian Government should accept accountability for the situation and obtain information about its stranded citizens.”This would mean a person overseas wanting to get home via Sydney would likely need Western Australian approval, which Abrams said would be unworkable for airline staff to administer at check-in as had proven to be the case for other states when they had home quarantine.

Abrams said it would take airlines 75 weeks to clear the backlog of passengers that had booked tickets in anticipation of the February 5 reopening.Loading“The continued stranding of many thousands of Australians overseas and interstate is an ongoing factor that needs to be considered in the overall public health response.

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latikambourke The ruthless media often distort the importance of facts for their own benefit. latikambourke With only 10 infections a 1 in hospital The Borders SHOULD STAY CLOSED. WHILE THE OTHER MUG STATES THAT LET IT RIP HAVE HUNDREDS OF DEATHS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF INFECTIONDS WERE SHOPS HAVE NO SUPPLIES AS SO MANY CAN'T WORK? WHO PLANNED ALL THAT MORRISON and his LNP gang?

latikambourke 20,000 locked out 2.8 million protected. = 0.7 % latikambourke Western Australia has looked at NSW and said hell no . Well done COVID19

Mark McGowan ordered to leave WA to attend Clive Palmer defamation trial in SydneyWA Premier Mark McGowan and his Attorney-General will be required to leave the closed-off state and appear in a Sydney court for a defamation trial brought against him by Clive Palmer. Go Clive 💪🏼 That’s an extreme risk zone, not exemptions and locked out of WA What a waste of space. MarkMcGowanMP doing his best for WA FooledMeOnce

Aitken vents fury at McGowan as WA firms up school, health plansStockbroker Angus Aitken has taken a swipe at Mark McGowan, as the WA Premier released details on how schools and hospitals will work when COVID-19 takes off. Who? I know two stockbrokers who think Angus is a prick. Want their details for a column? Another 'master of the universe' who whines like a baby when he doesn't get what he wants.

Aitken vents fury at McGowan as WA firms up school, health plansStockbroker Angus Aitken has taken a swipe at Mark McGowan, as the WA Premier released details on how schools and hospitals will work when COVID-19 takes off. Yah but he's always been an unprofessionally loose unit...don't be an Angus. The problem for WA residents is simple: By taking bad advise from McGowan, when Covid hits WA the population there will have no herd & exposure immunity. Over 99% of healthy people who get Covid survive it. The old, sick & weak will die of something its called life.

WA records 24 new local COVID cases as Bunbury cluster linked to lithium plant worsensWA's Omicron outbreak continues to grow, with Premier Mark McGowan announcing 24 new local COVID-19 cases — nine of them from the Bunbury area in the state's South West. McGowan should call a 24 day snap lockdown immediately. Slow the spread and prolong thIs misery as long as possible. Borders must stay closed to save lives but celebrations can continue. Struggling to comprehend the messaging here as someone separated from their triple vax'd, willing to quarantine partner for 11 months and counting. As much as it will upset the ABC I suppose 24 is better than the let it rip states of several thousand per day

McGowan’s last minute border backflipWest Australian Premier Mark McGowan has backflipped on his decision to let international students enter the state, allowing them in if they are vaccinated and quarantine for 14 days once they arrive.

Closed to the outside world: Western Australia.West Australian Premier Mark McGowan has been ordered to leave the state next month to appear in a Sydney court where billionaire Clive Palmer is suing him for defamation.to save article Share Children in Western Australia would have to wear masks at school in a “high (COVID-19) caseload environment” and healthcare workers quarantine for seven days after being close contacts, as the state government drips out details of the path forward post scrapping the state’s planned reopening .to save article Share Children in Western Australia would have to wear masks at school in a “high (COVID-19) caseload environment” and healthcare workers quarantine for seven days after being close contacts, as the state government drips out details of the path forward post scrapping the state’s planned reopening .

Credit: iStock “The Western Australian Government should accept accountability for the situation and obtain information about its stranded citizens.” On Wednesday, the state’s Police Minister Paul Papalia suggested Australians arriving from overseas and given permission to enter the WA via the rest of the country, could undergo quarantine at home instead of in a hotel. Mr McGowan has counterclaimed that Mr Palmer, in fact, defamed him by saying he had lied and had "abused" the parliamentary system. Advertisement This would mean a person overseas wanting to get home via Sydney would likely need Western Australian approval, which Abrams said would be unworkable for airline staff to administer at check-in as had proven to be the case for other states when they had home quarantine. “The fact anyone can support Mark McGowan keeping borders shut shows they are small-minded morons and you can see why BHP/RIO have not done anything entrepreneurial or smart in decades,” the outspoken partner of Aitken Murray Capital Partners wrote. “This situation is shaping up as chaotic for Western Australians overseas,” he said. Mr McGowan had asked the Federal Court to allow him to give evidence via video link because having to quarantine for two weeks would prevent him from attending parliament. “How can an international passenger be deemed eligible for home quarantine if they fly to Perth via Sydney but not if they took a direct international flight into Perth?” Abrams said it would take airlines 75 weeks to clear the backlog of passengers that had booked tickets in anticipation of the February 5 reopening. Janie Barrett “I love WA, I own a house down the coast there I cannot visit, my wife and her family are from there we have raised a lot of capital over the decades for WA companies and supported WA based companies and businesses.

Mr McGowan’s office was contacted for comment. "It is not possible to participate virtually or remotely in the Legislative Assembly of the Parliament of Western Australia," he said. “The only thing I hate is Mark McGowan he is an absolute knob. Professor Greg Dore, an infectious diseases expert at the Kirby Institute, told this masthead that WA’s indefinite border closure was futile, given the small outbreak of Omicron in Bunbury, which Mr McGowan has conceded the government will not be able to contain. Loading “The current outbreak in Western Australia demonstrates the difficulties with maintenance of an elimination strategy,” Professor Dore said. The planned reopening of the border on February 5 has been pushed back indefinitely . “It’s extremely unlikely that control will be maintained to allow 80 per cent booster coverage. On Tuesday, Mr McGowan assured public and non-government schools would reopen next week as planned for almost 477,000 students after the ventilation in classrooms across 900 education facilities were inspected. “The continued stranding of many thousands of Australians overseas and interstate is an ongoing factor that needs to be considered in the overall public health response. "I wish to be in parliament to answer those questions and consider that it is in the public interest that this occur," he said in the affidavit. They will be provided with thousands of air purifiers fitted with high-efficiency particulate air filters, 1500 CO2 monitors and enhanced cleaning services, the government said.

“It’s time to revert to the previously proposed opening date of February 5.” Kim Brown gave birth, prematurely, to her daughter in March last year and is due to undergo surgery on February 9." A summary of WA's current border controls, showing the state has locked itself out from every other state and territory. But the government flagged schools could close if COVID-19 cases spike, saying “learning contingency plans are in place for remote learning, if required”. Her parents and mother-in-law, all triple vaccinated, were due to arrive on February 7 to help the family as she recovered from her operation. But having already missed the birth of their granddaughter, they also cannot now come because even in the unlikely event that they secured a seat, they would not be out of hotel quarantine in time for the surgery. With the trial now rescheduled, Mr Palmer's evidence would be first heard on February 14. Families not holidays “These weren’t just holiday plans,” Ms Brown said. “And what is considered a “high case load” remain unknown, along with how rapid antigen tests will be used in a school environment,” he said. “And what is considered a “high case load” remain unknown, along with how rapid antigen tests will be used in a school environment,” he said.

“These were grandparents meeting grandchildren for the first time, these were parents being present to support and help their children and their families. WA Attorney-General John Quigley will also be required to attend to give evidence. “I am in pieces and emotionally spent having endured one of the toughest years of our life without our parents here to help and support us. “And now we have nothing – no plan, no date, no target – I see no light at the end of this tunnel. He said he would be expected to personally attend Security and Emergency Committee of Cabinet and State Disaster Council meetings which could be called at short notice. Elective procedures in public and private hospitals would reduce to only essential category one and two cases for about eight weeks, in line with the “expected COVID-19 peak” and experience in the eastern states.” Rebecca, 42, a Perth mother who lives in Canada for her husband’s job with their two sons, said her worst fears came true when she watched Mr McGowan’s press conference in which he reneged on his promise to reunite the state with the rest of the country and the world. Perth mother Kim Brown with her daughter, who was born prematurely, pictured in Perth Children’s Hospital in May 2021. Meanwhile, healthcare workers exposed to a COVID-19 case in a situation deemed “high” risk, such as following 15 minutes face-to-face contact without appropriate mask and eyewear and the case also not wearing a mask, are set to have to quarantine for seven days.

“We haven’t booked anything, I want to see the first plane go off, the wheels reach the tarmac of the first plane before I book anything because it’s too hard for our boys,” she said. Under the guidance, workers would then take a PCR or rapid antigen test on day one and day six before returning to work on day seven if negative and asymptomatic. “The idea of trying to explain to them that they’re going home and see nanna and grandpa and uncle and aunty and cousins and then to tell them can’t – it’d be too devastating for them to have that expectation and then it not happen.” Loading The family have not been home since the pandemic started because the costs of the flights and quarantine would be more than $20,000. “It’s a small car worth of money, basically,” she said. “I will provide further system updates over the next two weeks. She said neither could do their work from hotel quarantine while locked up with their sons for 24 hours for 14 days and that it would take up half their annual leave.” It comes amid mixed views from the medical profession on Mr McGowan’s borders decision, along with criticism of Dr Robertson’s advice to the other government and the Australian Medical Association WA.

She said her message to Mr McGowan was simple: “Can we just have a goal that doesn’t move so that everyone knows what they’re working towards?” Get a note directly from our foreign correspondents .