Earlier, NSW premier Gladys Berijiklian declined to say whether she would support an increase to the arrivals cap.
ABC host Michael Rowland asked her twice whether she agreed that the cap should be raised, saying that the prime minister, Scott Morrison, will be lobbying for that at national cabinet today.
“I support a system where every state does its fair share,” Berejiklian says. “New South Wales has been … taking 3,000 every week.
“I just say to the other states, it’s important for all of us to do our fair share, to make sure we support returning Australians but also that we accept and appreciate, as NSW has done, that the quarantine system is really the biggest risk we have from the virus”.
She also said that NSW didn’t need more hotel quarantine support from the federal government, and waved away calls for federal government to assume more of the role.
“I’m not quite sure what they’re [other premiers] asking for in terms of, operationally, the systems are already up and running. We have some federal agencies supporting the NSW effort, whether it’s Border Force or the ADF support what we’re doing in the system.
“I don’t understand what they mean by increasing the support. Of course, financially, that would be useful but, operationally, the systems are already there and it’s joint efforts. I mean, the NSW police force is in charge of our quarantine system and they have been from day one … to disrupt that would be detrimental.”