Mr McGowan said Sunday the 23 arrivals in Perth were unexpected and called for better federal government management of accommodating overseas travelers.
“It’s difficult to bring people into the state from overseas,” he said.
“We would like further assistance from the Commonwealth, particularly to ensure that the people who come to WA by air are given an appropriate manifesto and advice so that we can administer these people.”
Mr McGowan said the 23 people had been identified by authorities through the G2G mobile app, but the airlines’ cooperation would have been preferable prior to their arrival in WA.
“These manifestos would now be far more helpful in monitoring and controlling people from overseas who may be COVID positive. We cannot control what the airlines are doing. ”
Mr McGowan said it was not an ideal situation as recent arrivals resulted in Western Australians in “vulnerable” locations being affected.
“These people will stray from our international arrival limit, which means we will have 23 fewer people from vulnerable locations as a result,” he said.
“This is not an ideal situation, we would prefer better management of these agreements, but this is something that is beyond our control.
“So when people jump over the borders from New Zealand to Australia, it means that fewer people can come from Europe, America or Asia.”
Opposition leader Liza Harvey accused the prime minister of “playing politics with the borders” and showing more compassion for stranded Western Australians who want to reunite with their families in time for Christmas.
“There are plenty of vacancies in Perth hotels in the city to accommodate more returning travelers,” she said.
“The Prime Minister should raise the cap to allow more Western Australian families to be reunited for Christmas.
The number of people arriving from New Zealand was originally given by Mr McGowan as 25, but WA police later confirmed on Sunday that it was actually 23.
“They were instructed to center the quarantine for 14 days and in one case a child was directed to self-quarantine in suitable rooms,” said a police spokeswoman.
“The WA police will continue to ensure that all arriving travelers are assessed and where approved entry into WA is dependent on appropriate quarantine agreements and conditions.”
Lauren is a casual journalist for WAtoday covering education and general news.
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