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Call for NSW and Qld to simplify border passes

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Both local Labor MP Justine Elliot and Liberal Tweed Shire Councillor James Owen are calling on the NSW and QLD State Governments to work together to simplify the system for the Northern NSW border community, in light of the latest COVID-19 border restriction announcements.

This bungled bureaucratic nightmare has caused mass confusion amongst North Coast residents. Locals are outraged that the NSW Government has brought in these confusing measures that makes their lives even harder,’ said Mrs Elliott in a press release.

‘Currently, the NSW entry Border Pass requires that a new form be completed every 24 hours while a Queensland entry Border Pass is required only every 14 days.

The NSW Government has also mandated that if you get a NSW entry border pass you must follow the stay-at-home orders in NSW for 14 days since you left Queensland. This 14 day resets EVERY TIME you return to NSW.’

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How anyone is expected to keep up with all this is beyond me – it is so confusing,’ said Mr Owen.

‘I note that those in the NSW/VIC border region are exempt from completing a declaration if they reside in the NSW/VIC border region and only travel within that region. I am calling on the NSW Government to implement a similar exemption for the NSW/QLD border region.

‘Living in a border community has never been harder or more confusing. We need clear, concise and consistent information that is easy to understand.’

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  1. Amazing but not surprising how State Member Geoff Provest is incredibly silent at the moment.
    When are you going to do something productive and intelligent for your constituents. Fix the border issue your government has created now.

  2. Rapid testing would put many people at ease, waiting 24 hours for test results is like waiting for a telegram when email exists.
    Maybe it just about Medicare subsidies to the states. We are the only developed country in the world not using them, why?

  3. A Typical political b—–up where overpaid minions get to make fathomlessly stupid decisions and incumbent local members bleat but remain impotent.


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