Mining magnate Clive Palmer says top doctor deems travel to WA safe

Billionaire Clive Palmer’s push to barge his way into Western Australia isn’t over yet.

The mining magnate said his “particular love” for Australia’s westernmost state was driving the fight “so that truth prevails”.

In May, Mr Palmer was refused entry into Western Australia following the state government’s decision to shut borders to all but essential travellers.

He had planned business and political meetings, including one with Federal Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, but the arch conservative’s exemption for travel was denied.

Following his refused entry, Mr Palmer lodged a writ in the High Court against the decision to grant him an exemption into the state.

In a separate Federal Court case heard this past week in Brisbane, Mr Palmer challenged the constitutionality of the state’s border closure.

On Friday, Mr Palmer made a statement outside the court divulging sworn evidence presented to the court earlier this week.

The evidence was from West Australia’s chief health officer Dr Andy Robertson who told the Federal Court there was no reason travel should be restricted between WA and South Australia, Queensland, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and ACT.

“Western Australians are entitled to know the truth,” Mr Palmer said.

“The Premier says he relies on the advice of the WA chief health officer when obviously he doesn’t.”

“I call upon the Western Australian Government to maintain restrictions against virus hot spots but not destroy the lives of Western Australians by misleading them with threats that don’t exist just to win an election.”

West Australian Premier Mark McGowan said today harder borders had not had a negative impact on the state.

“Our border arrangement has worked reasonably well and protected the health of Western Australians,” he said.

“And according to the State of the States report our economic growth ranks second in all of Australia.”

CommSec’s recently released State of the States report revealed West Australia did, indeed rank second in economic growth, coming in just behind Victoria and commanding a rate of 22.7 per cent.

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