'No disrespect': Daniel Andrews takes a swipe at Perrottet over borders

Frances VinallNCA NewsWire
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced the state will be leaving lockdown early. NCA NewsWire / Andrew Henshaw
Camera IconVictorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced the state will be leaving lockdown early. NCA NewsWire / Andrew Henshaw Credit: News Corp Australia

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews took a dig at his NSW counterpart on Sunday when asked about international borders at the daily press conference.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet beat the Prime Minister to opening the international border this week when he said Australians overseas would be able to return to NSW from November 1.

But Mr Andrews said he would leave it to national cabinet to decide when Victoria‘s international border would reopen.

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Camera IconVictorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the state wouldn’t be moving on international borders prior to a national cabinet decision. NCA NewsWire / David Crosling Credit: News Corp Australia

“No disrespect to my colleagues in NSW, I am not here to make announcements about the issuance of visas and passports,” he said.

“I don’t control international borders.

“I think the federal government have politely pointed that out to the NSW government as well.

“But in any event, we think we will have a national cabinet meeting quite soon and have a chat about all of these issues.”

Mr Andrews indicated Victoria would follow NSW in allowing home quarantine for vaccinated Australians arriving from overseas.

He said home quarantine would be less than 14 days.

But he did not set a date for when international borders reopening.

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Camera IconPremier Dominic Perrottet surprised the nation when he announced NSW would begin accepting international arrivals from November 1 this week. NCA NewsWire / Flavio Brancaleone Credit: News Corp Australia

Mr Andrews also took a swipe at the federal government’s vaccine rollout, which he has said prioritised Sydney and kept Melbourne locked down for longer.

He congratulated Victorians on being only a couple of weeks behind NSW’s reopening plan considering “we know and understand just how much extra vaccine went there”.

“It is a credit to every single Victorian, as I said, their conviction, compassion, and an absolute determination to get this done,” he said.

“They (NSW) are at 80 per cent, we are about to be a 70 per cent.

“We know why they are at 80 per cent. None of us can change that.

“Why have we had lockdowns? Because we didn’t have the vaccine.

“Why have we had rules and density limits and all manner of quite unimaginable restrictions on people’s lives? Because we didn’t have a vaccine.”

The comments came as Mr Andrews announced Victoria would be leaving lockdown early, with many restrictions to lifting at 11.59pm on Thursday as the state is set to hit its 70 per cent double-dosed vaccination rate ahead of schedule.

Originally published as 'No disrespect': Daniel Andrews takes a swipe at Perrottet over borders

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