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“There’s five states and territories doing one thing, and one state doing something different,” he said yesterday.
“I just urge the NSW government and people in NSW to look at what other states and territories are doing in order to crush and kill the virus.”
But Mr McCormack said WA and NSW were “very different states” as he entered the fray this morning.
Speaking on Sunrise, he said NSW shared 57 entry points with Victoria at its southern border and the Tweed River economic area with Queensland to its north.
“Western Australia doesn’t have anything like that,” he said.
“Yes, Mark McGowan has done a good job, but it has been very difficult. There is no playbook for coronavirus … We know [states] have put in place measures they think [are] right,” Mr McCormack said.
“I think any criticism of NSW is very hasty and I know Gladys Berejiklian has achieved great things with Dr Kerry Chant, the Chief Health Officer in NSW. They put contact tracing in place and they have been very much the benchmark as far as what to do with coronavirus.”
NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro also doubled down on his stance while speaking on 2GB on Tuesday, asking Mr McGowan to “stop lecturing us and join the rest of this country”.
Mr Barilaro said NSW was inevitably going to “have problems”, as Victoria and other jurisdictions had at times.
“It was never about elimination – we know we can’t eliminate [the virus]. It’s about no community transmission. We’ve done that very well … It’s been a week of it and we’re on top of it. Overall, for what we do in carrying the burden for the country, we’re doing really, really well,” he said.
Mr McCormack also emphasised that NSW had quarantined the majority of returning Australian travellers.
“NSW has done a very, very good job whilst keeping its economy open. That is the important thing. For businesses who want to get back to some pre-COVID state, that is going to be so important,” he said.
“Let’s face it, they are the ones keeping the country running.”