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‘Blood, sweat and no beers: NSW, we’re back – you’ve earned it’

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Charges laid after police pursuit at Murwillumbah

Officers from Tweed/Byron Police District have been investigating several incidents of stolen motor vehicles from within the Kingscliff area over the past month.

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Reclaim Our Future koalas pay a visit to Federal MP

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Charges laid after police pursuit at Murwillumbah

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NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet in Sydney today.

The new NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet held a press conference at a Sydney pub this morning where he spoke about the state opening up tomorrow. ‘Today is a big day for the state. You’ve earned it. It’s been 100 days of blood, sweat and no beers but we’ve got it, and we’re back!’

Mr Perrottet said it’s been a very difficult time for the people of NSW. ‘Over 100 days of people making enormous sacrifices and not being able to say goodbye to their loved ones, and not being able to get married – businesses closed and people out of work.

‘The efforts every single person right across New South Wales has ensured that tomorrow we can open up a cautiously safely, but really importantly, provide opportunity and prosperity to the people of South Wales.

‘That’s not on the government, that’s on every single one of our people.’

‘New South Wales is leading our country out of this pandemic –the vaccination rate and the increase that occurred over this period of time I think has been not just leading the country, but leading the world and that’s been the secret to our success. This means that we can open up in a safe way as possible.

Treat everybody with kindness and respect

‘Tomorrow, that the key message is: please treat everybody with kindness and respect. I know that there’s going to be some challenges we go through this period of time.

‘We’re the only state in the country that is going down this path early by opening up to those who are double vaccinated, and that’s been important because we know that we wouldn’t be able to open up in the same way if that wasn’t the case.

‘As I said, there will be challenges, and there’ll be young people for the first time in a long time, pulling beers and serving coffees and table service at restaurants – I just asked treat everybody like your neighbour’s daughter or son, because if we treat everybody with kindness and respect and if we take personal responsibility, we will get through these difficult times.

Business confidence is crucial

Mr Perrottet said that business confidence is crucial to getting the economy through last year. ‘But importantly, we need to do it in a safe way.

‘The rules are lifted tomorrow. It’s an exciting day for our state. But I do want to reiterate that we need to do this in a safe way. Please treat everybody with respect and kindness –  that will be key as we move through this period of time.’


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The say ‘beer’ a lot press conference on NSW opening up

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The vaxed and non-vaxed rules of the Tweed

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  1. Blood Sweat & No Beers sounds good until the obvious steps in. Buying the promise will
    cost more than what’s already been learned. ScoMo tactics? You can bet on it.

  2. “business confidence is crucial”
    Yep , I thought so , business first, second and always , this clown is determined to out do Gladys the Koala Killer.
    Looks as though he has overlooked that little suggestion, “THOU SHALL NOT KILL ! ”
    On the bright side =….. ” on the whole it was a very good year ….for the under-taker. “, and things are only about to go exponential.
    Cheers, G”)

  3. Setting an appalling example from the start in this blatantly jingoistic promotion if a mate’s establishment by breaching the rules and regulations set down by his own government. But, of course, both he and the establishment have been ‘excused’ from taking responsibility, or being liable for the fines other individuals and businesses will be subjected to.


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