'Out of our control': Western Australian Premier calls for federal support as 25 New Zealand travellers arrive in Perth

'Out of our control': Western Australian Premier calls for federal support as 25 New Zealand travellers arrive in Perth

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WA Premier Mark McGowan said the situation was not ideal.

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WA Premier Mark McGowan said the situation was not ideal.

Premier of Western Australia Mark McGowan has called for better management of the trans-Tasman travel bubble after 25 travellers from New Zealand arrived unannounced at Perth Airport without exemptions, just two days after the arrangement that excludes Western Australia was put in place.

The 24 adults have been placed in hotel quarantine in Perth while one child is with a family member “somewhere in Perth” which McGowan said was a “quarantine arrangement” often made for young children rather than placing them in a hotel room for two weeks.

It is unclear at this stage if the travellers are New Zealand citizens, dual citizens or Australian expats.

The one-way travel bubble agreement from New Zealand to New South Wales and the Northern Territory began on Friday.

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McGowan said the arrivals were unexpected and called for better management from federal government with taking in overseas travellers.

“Managing people coming from overseas is difficult, we would like further assistance from the Commonwealth,” he said.

“We picked these people up on our app, our G2G app.”

McGowan said it wasn’t an ideal situation, especially as the latest arrivals meant West Australians in “more vulnerable” locations would be displaced because of it.

“These people will come off our international arrival cap, so that means we’ll have 25 people less coming from more vulnerable locations as a consequence of this,” he said.

“This is not an ideal situation, we would prefer better management of these arrangements but this is something that has happened that is outside our control.”

Sydney Morning Herald

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