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NSW wants a national agenda for living with COVID, but not all states agree

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Gladys Berejiklian believes that we should learn to live with the virus, but some states and territories require elimination, not suppression.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian (Image: AAP / Lukas Coch)

A strange dynamic has emerged as Canberra’s power is transferred to state and territorial leaders amid the pandemic. The idea of ​​a national approach to COVID-19 rules has been largely shattered as leaders, emboldened with new emergency powers and popularity with their constituents, implement rules and restrictions even if it goes against national councils.

NSW has started to set its own goals, with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian openly discussing a strategy for living with the virus, pointing out potential freedoms for fully vaccinated residents, such as being able to visit pubs and bars, in regions with high vaccination rates. and low cases. numbers.

This is the first clear path to freedom that Australians have had. While the vague flags of the federal government’s four-stage plan eased restrictions when 70% of the adult population is vaccinated, it does not provide further details.

Read on about how any chance of a ‘national’ deal on living with COVID is fragmenting.

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