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Question Without Notice No. 369 asked in the Legislative Council on 17 April 2020 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Minister responding: Hon M.H. Roberts
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 17 April 2020

CORONAVIRUS — INTRASTATE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

369. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the minister representing the Minister for Police:

I ask this question on behalf of Hon Martin Aldridge who is absent from the chamber on urgent parliamentary business.

I refer to the prohibitions on regional travel directions issued by the State Emergency Coordinator and to question without notice 314, answered on 1 April 2020.

(1) How many motor vehicles and persons have presented to police checkpoints, whether mobile or fixed, under the directions mentioned above?

(2) Of those identified in (1), how many motor vehicles and persons have been permitted passage through the checkpoints?

(3) Has a frequently-asked-questions document been published to assist people with interpreting the directions, and particularly those mentioned in parts (3) and (4) of Legislative Council question without notice 314?

(4) When will the efficacy of intrastate travel restrictions be reviewed?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The following answer has been provided to me by the Minister for Police.

The Western Australia Police Force advises the following.

(1) As of 16 April 2020, approximately 185 237 vehicles carrying approximately 232 965 people have presented to checkpoints.

(2) Approximately 230 319 people have been permitted to pass through the checkpoints. Approximately 2 646 persons have been refused passage; a refusal rate of 1.13 per cent.

(3) Information is available on the state government's COVID-19 website and the COVID-19 hotline, 13 COVID.

(4) The prohibition on regional travel directions are subject to review, with changes announced by the Premier.