Morrison government pushing for a harder lockdown in Sydney

The federal government continue to push, behind the scenes, for a "harder lockdown effort" in Sydney as Gladys Berejiklian instead talks up opening up and living with the virus, says Sky News Political Editor Andrew Clennell.

"This boiled over at national cabinet on Friday with the prime minister and premiers making the firm point to Gladys Berejiklian that she had committed just one week previously to only opening up when there was 70-80 per cent of the population vaccinated," Mr Clennell said.

"And not in three weeks’ time in the middle of an outbreak as she has been indicating at her press conferences.

"My understanding is one of the key proponents of the ‘live with the virus’ and ‘we can’t control Delta’ approach in the NSW government is the Health Minister Brad Hazzard, who began saying this publicly about two weeks into the lockdown.

"The Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant, who has been described as a ‘hero’ to me at one point went around Hazzard and to the Premier Gladys Berejiklian as Hazzard sought not to lock down hard."