Premier McGowan has recently taken to his COVID press conferences to criticise the NSW government for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, and its current outbreak.
On Thursday, Mr McGowan said there was a “headlong rush” in Sydney to exit restrictions and “let it rip”.
It came as New South Wales during the week surpassed six million vaccine doses administered, which triggered the NSW government to offer its vaccinated citizens a reward for their efforts.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced vaccinated residents outside of the LGAs of concern would be able to hold outdoor gatherings of up to five people.
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Mr McGowan has also hit out at calls for reopening borders and reducing restrictions based on Australia’s vaccine rollout.
“This is a time for calm heads, for cool heads. We don’t need rash decision making on the basis of what is occurring in NSW,” Mr McGowan said.
“There is an Australia outside of NSW… all of the people in NSW need to understand that.
“Just because the NSW government has made a mess of it doesn’t mean the rest of us should suffer.”
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But NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance said Australians were “over the politics” between states and were focused on boosting the vaccination rate.
“I think I’ve got more chance of going to London before I go to Perth given what he’s saying,” Mr Constance told Sky News Australia.
“We can’t continue to close ourselves off from the rest of the world, that hurts us as a country.
“Is (Western Australia) going to sit there as an island forever? It can’t.”
Mr Constance said the Western Australian Premier needed to focus more on his own state’s ongoing COVID battles including its vaccination race.
More than 62 per cent of New South Wales’ eligible population has received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 33.8 per cent are fully vaccinated.
Western Australia sits last out of the states and territories in terms of vaccinations with 47.7 per cent of the over 16 population receiving one dose and a 29.1 per cent double dose rate.
“His vaccination levels are not up where they need to be and he needs to be focusing on getting that messaging to his community as opposed to trying to play tough guy over there,” Mr Constance said.
“It’s not helping anyone. It’s not adding to the morale of the country.
“We want to obviously see Australia bounce back.”

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