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Need to open state borders

Need to open state borders

The first thing Australia needs to do for its tourism recovery is reopen the country’s state borders where it is safe, says John Hart, executive chair of the Australia Chamber of Tourism.

‘There seems to be the attitude that keeping people safe is about locking them down, rather than allowing safe travel. While that happens there won’t be a recovery.’

John Sharp, deputy chairman of Regional Express (REX), says the airline is seeing growth of domestic travel within large states like Western Australia and Queensland.

‘People feel trapped. There is a genuine attempt for people to discover their own state in places like that and last week we doubled flights in Western Australia to meet the demand. I’d like to see the (state) borders reopened. It will lead to more traffic and more people working.’

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