He might be the Prime Minister - but even Scott Morrison didn't get an exemption to enter Tasmania for Saturday's Liberal party state council.
Delivering his address from outside at Canberra, Mr Morrison thanked party members for their confidence, and congratulated Premier Peter Gutwein on his recent successful state election win.
"I very much enjoy working with you Peter, taking up from the excellent relationship I had with Will [Hodgman]," Mr Morrison said.
"It's great to see the government return there on the 1st of May, and it shows the special fighting qualities of that division."
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Highlighting his beloved Bridgenorth Parrots, a special shout-out was delivered to Jarrad "J Rod" for reaching a 300-game milestone.
Mr Morrison also highlighted the excitement for the Olympic Games to be hosted in Brisbane in 2032 - calling attention to the work of Senator Richard Colbeck as being vital to securing the win.
"I don't want anyone to underestimate the significant role that Richard has played as Sports Minister to secure this for Australia," he said.
"I want this to be a games for all of Australia, and I mentioned Tasmania specifically - the opportunity for pre-Games training and those tourism opportunities.
"I look forward to Richard working hard along those lines to ensure Tasmania benefits particularly from that."
Using the address to promote vaccination, Mr Morrison thanked Tasmanians for their efforts in taking up the COVID-19 vaccine.
"11 million doses we will reach today [across the country]," he said.
"We've had our challenges with the program, the non-delivery of vaccines early, the challenges regarding medical advice ... we'd have liked to be in a better position than we are, but we've turned a corner.
"I particularly want to give a shout-out to Tasmanians, for what you're achieving on the vaccine rollout - because Tasmania has the highest rate of vaccination of any state.
"For the population over 16, 45 per cent are already on first doses, and over 20 per cent rate on second doses - the highest rate of any state in the country.
"That really encourages me."
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