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Prime Minister Morrison asks state premiers to enable movement of essential economic workforce

Christian Fernsby ▼ | August 18, 2020
Scott Morrison has written to the premiers of NSW, South Australia, Victoria and Queensland regarding free movement for border communities.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison
Australia   Prime Minister Scott Morrison
The prime minister wants to enable movement of the “essential economic workforce”, including agricultural workers.

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There is also a heavy focus on issues the borders are posing for access to medical treatments.

Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said state boundaries meant very little to people in regional areas.

“A lot of those communities grew around those borders but rely on a lot from the other side,” he told the Herald Sun on Monday.

“That’s why you can create localised bubbles in regional areas if health officials would sit down with these communities, look at the science and work through it.”

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said he and his NSW counterpart Gladys Berejiklian were very close to striking a deal on farmers in border towns.

Tradies will soon be able to work in different states and territories under one licence following an agreement between the nation’s treasurers.