Mr McGowan said his state will remain closed to Victoria and New South Wales until it hits a vaccination rate between 80 and 90 per cent as the two states continue to battle COVID outbreaks.
Victoria recorded 1,220 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, while 667 new infections emerged in NSW as Sydney endured its 100th day in lockdown.
Mr McGowan said while COVID cases continue to surge in the eastern states, his government would make a decision on its borders after it hits an 80 per cent double dose rate.
“We expect that in December we will get to around 80 per cent double dose so that’s our current trajectory,” he said.
“At some point in time then we will make a decision and announce it on when we’ll be able to open our borders to other states, so somewhere between 80 and 90 per cent double dose vaccination we’ll be able to make a further decision.
“I know we get pressure all the time to open up, I know the PM and NSW are all saying open up open up. But we’re cautious because I don’t want to see what’s happened over east happen here.”
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But the Premier hit out at NSW on multiple fronts, accusing the state of abandoning the national plan with its roadmap, and pre-emptively alleging it will use the COVID pandemic to argue for an increase in GST allocation.
NSW has gradually unveiled its COVID roadmap in which restrictions would be eased in three phases.
Lockdown restrictions would begin lifting firstly at the 70 per cent vaccination milestone, then 80 per cent and the final stage would occur on December 1.
However, Mr McGowan urged his eastern counterparts to be “very cautious” when reopening, flagging the serious health implications which could occur if it were mismanaged.
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“They’re not following the national plan obviously, but I just urge them to be very cautious in what they do,” he said.
“Because the steps you take can result in terrible, terrible consequences for people particularly death and health consequences that can be devastating.”
As the COVID pandemic has not hit Western Australia as hard as Victoria and NSW, the state has remained largely open domestically and as a result has recorded massive surpluses.
Mr McGowan was steadfast in defending his state’s GST allocation despite a best-in-country economic record in comparison to the devastation endured in Victoria and NSW.
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“Basically, NSW has a terrible set of finances, massive deficits, huge debt, they’ve been very poor financial managers,” he said.
“What they try to do is find someone else and say ‘hey it’s Western Australia’s fault’ because we’re getting 70c for every dollar we put into GST so somehow that’s to blame for NSW’s financial problems.
“We need to be vigilante about states like NSW and what they’ll do and obviously we won’t cop any undermining of our GST share and we’d fight them to the death over it.”
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Mr McGowan said Western Australia’s economic success had supported NSW through its outbreak and claimed the eastern state would still try to “blame us” for its financial hardship.
“How do they think all this support for NSW is being funded? It’s being funded by states that are open, in particular ours,” he said.
“We’re already supporting NSW massively but they’ll obviously try to blame us for all their poor financial management and we won’t cop it because WA’s already supporting them.
“We won’t allow for the GST arrangement that we secured to be undermined by financially profligate states.”

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