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An outbreak of peace? The national cabinet offers a way to appease prime ministers

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An “excellent” and “respectful” meeting of the prime minister and prime ministers has come up with a plan to keep states happy.

Scott Morrison leaves the Lodge after spending two weeks in quarantine in Canberra (Image: Lukas Coch / AAP)

Prime Minister Scott Morrison came out of quarantine at the hotel and into the fire. State and Territory Prime Ministers, along with many Australians forced into lockdown, are furious at the government’s clumsiness with the vaccine launch and Morrison’s wavering messages about access to the AstraZeneca vaccine. Half of Australia’s population lives under a lockdown order.

The premiers entered the national cabinet meeting with tough demands around vaccination targets and international arrival limits, calling for new targets to address the COVID-19 outbreaks.

But the meeting, on the surface at least, appears to have appeased several prime ministers. ACT Prime Minister Andrew Barr tweeted that there was a “burst of peace and harmony in the federation,” while SA Prime Minister Steven Marshall called the meeting “excellent” and “respectful.”

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