Cross-border MPs call for interstate testing recognition

Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell has joined with her border MP colleagues in calling for COVID-19 testing to be recognised on both sides of the border.

Ms Britnell said testing requirements had been put in place for cross-border community members and essential workers across the past 18 months, but governments would only accept results of tests taken in that state.

“The constant level of testing is having a huge impact on cross-border community members who need to cross the border every day for work, education or to get fuel or other essentials,” Ms Britnell said.

“Ideally, testing for people living on the border’s wouldn’t be required, but if it has to be, we need to make it as easy as possible for people.

“It just makes no sense that you have nationally accredited testing, but State Governments are refusing to accept the result of a test taken across the border.

“My colleagues whose electorates run along the state border have co-signed a letter to the Premiers, Health Ministers and Chief Health Officers of both states asking for an agreement so a test result is accepted on both sides of the border.”

Ms Britnell said the issue had become more problematic in the past six weeks, especially for freight drivers who are crossing a number of state borders and are being subject to differing sets of rules.

She said a national approach was needed to ensure that freight was able to move across borders as quickly as possible.

“The way it sits at the moment, each state has its own set or rules and requirements for freight drivers, so many are having a test every second or third day,” Ms Britnell said.

“There needs to be a set of national guidelines adopted and I’d urge the relevant minsters from each state to get together and sort something out.

“The freight industry is vital to making sure Australian’s have the good they need when and where they need them. Anything we can do to make that easier must be a priority.”

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