Sky News Political Editor Andrew Clennell says NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet wanted to be less cautious and let vaccinated foreigners in from November 1 – contrary to the prime minister’s plan.
“The international borders to open and immigration to restart on December 1 – for some. You have to be a vaccinated visa holder to get in,” Mr Clennell said.
“What the PM is proposing is granting 50,839 economic visas, 162,017 student visas, 11,758 humanitarian visas and temporary and provisional family another 4,000.
“The next stage of the border opening, at a date to be determined, will be tourists. 1 million visitor visas.
“Scott Morrison saying that Australians like these things opened up gradually. We have heard Scott Morrison talking a lot lately about opening up, about Australians having a gutful of being told what to do.
“The fact is when it came to the international border opening, one state premier, in Dominic Perrottet, actually wanted to be less cautious and let vaccinated foreigners in from November 1.
“I put to the PM here has he really been the great advocate for freedom he has made out in recent times. He says these things are not binary.”