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Question Without Notice No. 520 asked in the Legislative Council on 21 May 2020 by Hon Martin Aldridge

Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 21 May 2020

CORONAVIRUS — INTRASTATE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

520. Hon MARTIN ALDRIDGE to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:

I refer to Legislative Council question without notice 460 and the Premier's inability to understand and answer the four direct questions he received on health advice that had informed decisions to restrict intrastate travel.

(1) Has the Minister for Health requested or received advice from the Chief Medical Officer of Western Australia or the Department of Health related to or recommending intrastate and/or interstate travel restrictions?

(2) On what date was the advice identified in (1) requested and/or received and can the minister please table that advice?

(3) Has the CMO or the Department of Health provided advice directly to the Premier, the State Disaster Council or the State Emergency Coordinator related to or recommending intrastate and/or interstate travel restrictions?

(4) On what date was the advice identified in (3) requested and/or received and can the minister please table the advice?

Hon ALANNA CLOHESY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) The Minister for Health requested advice from the Chief Health Officer on both interstate and intrastate borders. No advice has been requested from the Chief Medical Officer.

(2) The Chief Health Officer provided advice recommending closing interstate borders on 29 March 2020. Further advice supporting regional border restrictions was provided to the Minister for Health during the week of 23 March 2020.

(3)–(4) The advice provided to the State Disaster Council on 29 March 2020 is cabinet-in-confidence.