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‘Preferable’ Australia’s state borders open before school holidays: PM

The prime minister, Scott Morrison, at the National Incident Room of the Department of Health in Canberra. A Chinese national in Melbourne is the first confirmed case of coronavirus in Australia. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

CANBERRA, May 29, 2020, 9News. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said it was “preferable” the current border closures across the country would lift before the school holidays, 9News reported.

He emphasised that National Cabinet never made a decision to put in place state border restrictions.

“It’s preferable to be able to be in a situation where you don’t have borders as soon as possible because obviously, that means that the tourism industries in particular and particularly with school holidays coming up, might be able to benefit from that travel,” he said.

“I want to stress that during this period of time, freight and business travel has continued unimpeded.

“And all the data I’ve seen, particularly with the movement of freight and goods, etc, that has continued and the barriers at the borders have not presented any issue when it comes to those quite critical supplies.”

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