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Questions about preparedness for border openings

  • Labor supports reopening to safe states
  • More testing needed
  • Who will staff health checks at the borders

With one week to go before Tasmania opens its borders to most other states and territories, the Director of Public Health says we need to lift the level of COVID testing by more than 100 people a day.

Labor Leader Rebecca White said it’s astonishing that the Government hasn’t been running a massive public information campaign to encourage more testing in light of the heightened risks associated with border restrictions easing.   

“Labor called for the closure of our borders back in March to help protect Tasmanians and to give our state time to prepare, however months later it seems every day there’s more questions about our level of preparedness,” Ms White said.

“It is concerning that so few Tasmanians are getting COVID-19 tests and it will become even more important to increase our testing rates once borders reopen.

“Worryingly it seems Peter Gutwein is just crossing his fingers and hoping that the level of testing has miraculously increased by then.

“Our borders have kept us safe, the protocols the Government adopts for opening them are too important to get wrong.

“There is still no detail about who will be responsible for staffing the health screening at Tasmania’s ports of entry or whether the Government has recruited and trained staff for this important responsibility.

“All Tasmanians, and in particular workers in our aged, disability and health care sectors, deserve to know more about what Peter Gutwein’s plan is.”

Rebecca White MP
Labor Leader