New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian says her Tasmanian counterpart Peter Gutwein should already have opened the island's borders to residents of her state.
Her comments, which may signal looming tensions between the two Liberal leaders, come after Mr Gutwein announced on Friday that Tasmania would reopen its borders to "low-risk" jurisdictions from October 26.
Mr Gutwein said the state would open to Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, the Northern Territory, the ACT and possibly New South Wales, depending on public health advice.
IN OTHER NEWS:
While Ms Berejiklian has welcomed the indication that the Premier will consider opening the border to NSW residents, she called on him to treat the state like other jurisdictions.
"I do not think the Queensland, West Australian or Tasmanian borders should be closed to people from NSW," she said in a statement.
"There is no justification, on any grounds, to put NSW and Victoria in the same category when responding to COVID-19."
Mr Gutwein has said that a jurisdiction will be classified as "low risk" based on factors including the length of time it's gone with no new cases of coronavirus or low case numbers, as well as a lack of community transmission.
I do not think the ... Tasmanian borders should be closed to people from NSW.Gladys Berejiklian, NSW Premier
As of yesterday, NSW had gone eight days without reporting a recent case of community transmission. Just one case was recorded there on Saturday and that was a returned overseas traveller in hotel quarantine.
Mr Gutwein said the state government would review the situation in New South Wales over the course of the next week and an update would be provided in the week beginning October 11.
"As I said yesterday, it's possible that NSW will be included in the low-risk jurisdictions that we will open up to on 26 October, but this will be based on public health advice and I won't do anything to put Tasmanians at risk," he said on Saturday.
What do you think? Send us a letter to the editor: