State premiers will be ‘doing their citizens a disservice’ by refusing to open borders

Liberal MP Dave Sharma says state premiers will be “doing a disservice” to their communities if they do not lift border controls and restrictions after 80 per cent vaccination is reached.

“I think it’s disappointing, I think they’d be doing a disservice to their own citizens and their own people, and their own tourism industry, and their own businesses,” he told Sky News Australia.

Mr Sharma said this policy was not “what the National Cabinet agreed” and it would be “frankly mysterious” to continue restrictions at an internationally recognised vaccination threshold.

“When you get to a higher vaccination rate, you progressively ease social distancing and other public health restrictions and you begin to treat COVID-19 like any other regular infectious disease because you’ve got the capacity, you’ve got the knowhow to do it,” he said.

“Why would you want, as a state, to deny yourself and your residents all the freedoms that we have missed during this time?”